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Projected State Tax Growth in FY 2015

Projected State Tax Growth in FY 2015

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Date Published: 10/3/2014

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The fiscal brief summarizes the forecasted growth for total state tax collections as well as personal income, sales, corporate income severance, real estate transfer and miscellaneous taxes. The information is based on a survey of legislative fiscal offices in the 50 states.

STEM Learning in Afterschool Programs

STEM Learning in Afterschool Programs

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Date Published: 10/1/2014

Description: A growing gap exists between the amount of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs and the number of American students who have sufficient education and interest in these fields. To address this gap, states are considering strategies to create opportunities for K-12 students to engage in STEM.

Treating Hepatitis C

Treating Hepatitis C

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Date Published: 10/1/2014

Description: Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver disease, including liver cancers and failure. However, new treatments for hepatitis C are curing more people than before. State lawmakers are considering ways to increase awareness and screenings in key populations and in state-supported programs such as Medicaid.

Reducing State Employee Health Insurance Costs

Reducing State Employee Health Insurance Costs

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Date Published: 10/1/2014

Description: State employee health insurance costs represent a significant portion of states’ overall health spending. The rising cost of health coverage for state employees has some state policymakers looking for ways to not only slow increasing costs, but also to improve employees’ health.

Improving Voter Turnout

Improving Voter Turnout

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Date Published: 10/1/2014

Description: After a big election, candidates and the public look for two things: Who won and the voter turnout. It often is difficult to pinpoint policies that may increase voter turnout, but legislators and others are interested in any measures that might make a noticeable change.

WIC: Supporting the Health and Nutrition of Pregna

WIC: Supporting the Health and Nutrition of Pregna

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Date Published: 9/1/2014

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The WIC program provides food, health care referrals and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant and postpartum women. The program is up for renewal in 2015, and among the topics of consideration are the low national participation rate, the federal requirement that all WIC agencies implement an EBT system, and the effect of increasing food prices on program funding.

Energy Development Near Military Operations

Energy Development Near Military Operations

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Date Published: 9/1/2014

Description: Utility-scale renewable energy and related electrical transmission projects may interfere with military installations, test and training ranges, and airspace. State legislatures are working to prevent and mitigate energy-related encroachment on military installations to reduce costs and preserve the military mission.

All-Mail Elections

All-Mail Elections

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Date Published: 9/1/2014

Description: More voters are casting their ballots from home as states have increasingly allowed all-mail elections to take the place of traditional precinct polling place voting. This trend is prompting legislators to consider whether all-mail elections are a good fit for their state or community.

Preventing Pregnancy Among Older Teens

Preventing Pregnancy Among Older Teens

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Date Published: 9/1/2014

Description: U.S. teen birth rates have reached historic lows, but teen pregnancy, birth and abortion rates remain among the highest in the developed world. A closer look reveals the birth rate for teens ages 18 to 19 to be nearly four times that of their younger peers. States are devoting resources to effective strategies to prevent pregnancy among this population.

The Emergence of Bitcoin

The Emergence of Bitcoin

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Date Published: 8/1/2014

Description: Of the many options available for Internet transactions, Bitcoin is the most popular of available cryptocurrencies. However, Bitcoins are not insured by any entity, and are vulnerable to loss and theft by hackers. State and federal officials are seeking solutions to Bitcoin taxability and regulation.

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