Legislative Review 2012

Stateline's annual look at the major budget and policy developments in state legislatures across the country.

June 11, 2012 By Josh Goodman, Staff Writer

For Many State Budgets, a Year of Relief

With their fiscal circumstances improving this year, many states had the luxury of debating tax cuts and spending increases for the first time since the recession began. Still, the progress is uneven and more challenges loom. Part one of a weeklong series. More

June 12, 2012 By Melissa Maynard , Staff Writer

Civil Service Changes Gain a Foothold

Three states have made major changes to the personnel policies that govern the public workforce. More

June 13, 2012 By Ben Wieder, Staff Writer

Public School Alternatives Gather Steam in States

Louisiana gave advocates of charter schools, vouchers and other publicly funded education alternatives everything they could have asked for, but opposition remained fierce elsewhere. More

June 14, 2012 By Jim Malewitz, Staff Writer

In Energy Policy, A Year Marked by Clashes in Federalism

New federal rules for power plants and natural gas drillers stirred heated debate in statehouses this year. More

June 15, 2012 By Christine Vestal , Staff Writer

States Push to Contain Health Costs

Medicaid budget numbers look a little better in some states this year. That has made states more creative about investing in long-term ways to control costs. Part five in a week-long series. More

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