The State of the States 2008

The State of the States 2008

The 2008 edition of's annual survey of trends includes:

Politics: States share national spotlight in 2008

Health care: A tale of two states — how their universal health efforts have fared

Gambling: Proliferation of gambling sets off an 'arms race' among states

Stem cell: Wanted: stem-cell scientists to grow state economies

Infrastructure: The state of the union — crumbling

National Guard: For America's warriors, new help at home

Education: Testing the system — Do all states make the grade?

Immigration: On the front lines — States rush to fill the void on immigration policy

Supreme Court: Lethal injection, voter ID top state concerns on docket

And briefs on hot topics such as ‘Romeo and Juliet' laws, prison overcrowding, campus security, subprime mortgage crisis, global warming, same-sex marriage, the Real ID Act, and abortion.

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.