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The Landscape of Americans’ Circumstances April 2, 2012
"During the fourth quarter of 2011, against common notions, unemployed individuals with higher levels of education were just as likely to be experience joblessness for a year or longer as those with only a high school education."
Voter Registration February 28, 2012
"The Summit will bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and advocates to determine how our country, our states and our local communities can build better systems to improve society’s capacity to nurture families."
Home Visiting Summit February 10, 2012
State of the States January 27, 2012
"The real flashpoint this year will probably be taxes. At least half a dozen Republican governors have proposed cutting taxes. Meanwhile, a similar number of Democrats are pitching tax increases."
Water Fluoridation December 8, 2011
"Pew is involved because community water fluoridation is an effective preventive health intervention that hasn’t reached all the communities it could."
Covering the 2011 and 2012 Elections November 15, 2011
"Some of this year’s ballot measures may foreshadow debates we’ll be seeing in states in 2012."
Voting Information November 4, 2011
"Given that conducting elections is a core government service, we should do it the best way we can to serve voters and serve taxpayers."
— Matt Morse, senior associate, Election Initiatives
How States Estimate Revenue November 2, 2011
"At a time when it’s important for states to get it right, they’re still having difficulty with their forecasts."
— Sarah Emmens, research manager, Pew Center on the States
The Future of Pre-k Education October 14, 2011
"There is a solid commitment from a range of diverse perspectives to continue this movement on pre-k long after the Pew campaign ends."
— Marci Young, director, Pre-K Now
Military and Overseas Voting October 14, 2011
"The men and women we put in harm’s way should be able to participate in the democracy they protect."
— Rear Admiral (Ret.) James J. Carey, senior advisor, Election Initiatives
The Relationship Between State and Local Governments October 14, 2011
"Most cities and counties are facing a budget squeeze similar to the one at the state level, but they have nobody further down to pass the problem off to."
— Alan Ehrenhalt, editor, Stateline
Enhancing Public Safety October 6, 2011
"Research shows that to deter negative behavior, penalties need to be applied swiftly and certainly. The severity is less important."
— Adam Gelb, director, Public Safety Performance Project
State Pensions and Retirement Benefits September 29, 2011
"Funding retirement benefits is a partnership...states need to make sure they're holding up their end of the deal."
— Sue Urahn, managing director, Pew Center on the States
Economic Mobility and the American Dream September 22, 2011
"The recent numbers on increased levels of poverty, particularly child poverty, are troubling in terms of economic mobility."
— Erin Currier, project manager, Economic Mobility Project
The Gap in Dental Care September 15, 2011
"Our advice to states is, get ready, expand your system, do as much prevention as you can."
— Shelly Gehshan, director, Pew Children's Dental Campaign
Race to the Top Funding and Pre-K September 8, 2011
"Pre-k is not expendable; it is essential."
— Marci Young, director, Pre-K Now
The Federal Debt Deal Crucial for States September 1, 2011
"As policy makers in Washington debate the options for reducing the federal debt, understanding how states and cities might be affected is crucial."
— Kil Huh, director, Research
Home Visiting Programs Get a Funding BoostAugust 25, 2011
"When a home visiting program is well run, it can return up to $5.70 for every dollar invested."
— Libby Doggett, director, Pew Home Visiting Campaign
Feb 27, 2012 - Approximately 24 million voter registrations in the United States—one of every eight—are no longer valid or have significant inaccuracies, according to the new report, Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient, from the Pew Center on the States’ Election Initiatives.
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