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In a new report, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative names Minnesota as one of five leading states in evidence-based policymaking. Read More
A new twist on the legal concept of municipal insolvency could change how some financially troubled local governments seek permission to file for federal bankruptcy protection. Read More
Tools to Help Governors, Legislatures Continue to Generate—and Implement—Policy Ideas and Innovations
The National Governors Association is holding its winter meeting this week in Washington, D.C. The meeting follows significant changes in the nation’s capital: President Donald Trump took the oath of office in January, and the new 115th Congress is in session. But governors, working with their legislatures and across party lines, will continue to generate—and... Read More
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