Stateline takes its annual look at the trends and issues that will be the most discussed topics in state government in the coming year.
State of the States 2011
Three years after the official beginning of the Great Recession, state governments are smaller, stingier versions of what they were a few years ago, a fact that is reflected in everything from the way they compensate their tens of thousands of employees to the way they process driver's license applications. More
Republicans and Democrats alike expect less money to flow from Washington to the states this year. The question is how much less - and whether austerity may come along with a more fundamental change in the state-federal relationship. More
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Republicans have the clear advantage as states begin drawing new legislative and Congressional districts for the next decade. But the messy, complicated and often self-serving nature of the redistricting process may dilute that leverage somewhat. More
Ever since Congress passed a sweeping health care reform law last year, states have been split into two groups moving essentially in opposite directions. More