State lawmakers play a major role in advancing the quality of Americans’ lives, from helping to protect the air we breathe and water we drink, to educating our children. By researching emerging topics and developing 50-state comparisons, Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges. Pew also conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and we work with states to develop data-driven, pragmatic solutions to issues such as children’s dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective, high-quality home visiting programs, public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.
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Aug. 22, 2016, marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, known as welfare reform, which profoundly changed the way low-income families received government assistance. The law replaced the federal Aid to Families With Dependent Children program with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which requires that... Read More
Taxes and federal funds together account for more than three-quarters of the 50 states’ revenue dollars. In all but two states taxes are the largest revenue source, while federal funds are the second largest. Following is a breakdown of each state’s major categories of revenue, with percentages shown for taxes and federal funds. Read More
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