The State of the States 2007

The State of the States 2007

The 2007 edition of's annual survey of trends includes:

POLITICS: Elections bring blue wave and news plans to statehouses
POLITICS: 2006 Was year of surpluses, social issues
TAX & BUDGET: Wanna buy the Brooklyn Bridge? Some states aren't joking
HEALTH CARE: States think big on health reform
HOMELAND SECURITY: Are you a citizen? Prove it
WELFARE: Tighter rules usher in second decade of welfare reform
EDUCATION: Lake Wobegon U.S.A — Where all the children are above average
DEATH PENALTY: Lethal injection on trial

And briefs on hot topics such as minimum wage, immigration, same-sex marriage, stem cells, alternative energy, property rights, self-defense laws, sex offenders, property tax and S-CHIP renewal.

Spotlight on Mental Health

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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?

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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.