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More buses bring more scrutiny from state legislators

By Daniel C. Vock Stateline.org As the number of bus passengers approaches the number of U.S. airline passengers, transportation experts are taking a closer look at the widely disparate state efforts to make sure buses are safe. Fatal Bus Crashes Recent accidents have brought more scrutiny to the regulation of buses, owners and drivers. Indiana: Three […]

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State lawmakers go to Washington D.C.

By Melissa Maynard Stateline.org As a Democratic state senator in Maine, Chellie Pingree enjoyed frequent, freewheeling debates with her colleagues from both parties. She helped pass legislation to lower prescription drug costs for the uninsured, and watched proudly as the measure had a ripple effect in other states. In Indiana… Three members of Indiana’s congressional delegation […]

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Indian tribes, states eye online gambling

By Pamela M. Prah Stateline.org American Indian tribes have 460 gaming facilities in 28 states, but none offers online gambling—at least not yet. Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are the only states that have legal Internet gambling, but it is spreading internationally. Worldwide, online betting generates almost $30 billion of revenue a year, with Americans spending […]

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State budgets, economies at risk in federal ‘fiscal cliff’ drama

By Jake Grovum Stateline.org If President Obama and congressional leaders fail to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” currently looming in Washington, the slate of actions scheduled to take effect Jan.1 would slash federal spending, trigger one of the largest federal tax hikes ever and could plunge the economy back into recession. And state budgets and economies […]

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Glenda Ritz win in Indiana just one of the union victories nationwide

By Melissa Maynard and Ben Wieder Stateline.org No state has ushered in more education changes over the past four years than Indiana. The Hoosier state instituted an A to F grading system for schools,linked teacher evaluations to student performance, scaled back teacher tenure and created one of the nation’s broadest private school voucher programs. Those changes attracted national […]

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Accountable care explained: An experiment in state health policy

By Christine Vestal Stateline.org The Affordable Care Act and state fiscal pressures have spawned an array of new Medicaid cost containment and quality improvement schemes. Among the most ambitious is a health care delivery system whose components are called accountable care organizations or ACOs. The phrase “accountable care organization” was coined in 2006 at Dartmouth University […]

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Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney: Issues key to states

Stateline.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States, created this graphic to explore issues in the presidential race that are important to state governments. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.

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States still resisting national sex offender law requirements

By Maggie Clark Stateline.org Six years ago, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act, aimed at setting up a uniform national registry to track known sex offenders as they move around the country. The law offers states federal funds to complete their part of the job, and 16 have secured Justice Department approval for doing it successfully. […]

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Democrats play defense in governors’ races across the nation

By Daniel C. Vock Stateline.org The race for New Hampshire governor has the hallmarks of the biggest gubernatorial races this fall: heavy involvement from outside groups, a national contest stealing the spotlight and messages that echo themes from this year’s presidential campaigns. Money is already pouring into gubernatorial races in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Montana, Washington […]

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Sequestration: How a spending stalemate would affect the states

By Jake Grovum Stateline.org “A self-inflicted wound” to a struggling economy. “Ham-handed cuts” nobody thought would actually happen. “The big, dumb spending cuts that no one wants.” Those are just three descriptions given to the looming federal budget reductions that are scheduled to take effect Jan. 2, 2013, unless Congress stops them. If they are enacted, […]

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