Tools to Help Governors, Legislatures Continue to Generate—and Implement—Policy Ideas and Innovations

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 implement—many of the policy ideas and innovations that directly affect the health, safety, and financial security of Americans. And as the governors meet to talk about their priorities for the year ahead, they will also have the opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned from recent successes.

Below are several key resources from Pew that governors, legislators, and state officials can use to make decisions that will save taxpayer dollars while improving the quality of government services.

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Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis

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Fiscal 50 is an interactive platform that provides clear, data-driven portraits of state fiscal conditions. Users can view, sort, and analyze data on key trends that shape states’ fiscal health now and over the long term. Fiscal 50 also features research and analysis to help users understand how these trends interact and fit together—and how they relate to real-time developments playing out in state capitols across the country.

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Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
  • Analysis of what it all means
  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
  • Proven fiscal policy strategies


Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
  • A Budget Threads feature that offers Pew’s read on the latest state fiscal news.

Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.