States of the States 2013

Stateline's 13th annual State of the States report looks at key issues legislatures are debating this year, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between states and the federal government.

State of the States 2013
February 22, 2013

State of the States 2013

Stateline's 13th annual State of the States report looks at key issues legislatures are debating this year, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between states and the federal government. More

Future of Health Law Is Largely in State Hands
January 28, 2013 By Christine Vestal , Staff Writer

Future of Health Law Is Largely in State Hands

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. But in order for it to be fully effective, states have to cooperate. Many of them don’t want to. More

Hard Realities on the Environmental Disaster Front
January 25, 2013 By Jim Malewitz, Staff Writer

Hard Realities on the Environmental Disaster Front

After another year marked by expensive and deadly disasters, states all over the country are still picking up the pieces from what Mother Nature wrought in 2012. But they confront equally sobering expectations for 2013. More

Social Issues Challenge State-Federal Relationship
January 24, 2013 By Jake Grovum , Staff Writer

Social Issues Challenge State-Federal Relationship

States have leapt ahead of Washington on key social issues, ushering in a new era of stress between the two levels of government. More

States’ Fragile Recovery at Risk
January 23, 2013 By Pamela M. Prah , Staff Writer

States’ Fragile Recovery at Risk

State budgets are finally climbing out of the fiscal hole they’ve been in for the last four years. But Washington isn’t making it any easier for them. More

2013: A Year of Big Majorities
January 22, 2013 By Josh Goodman, Staff Writer

2013: A Year of Big Majorities

Last November’s voting left one party or the other in full control of government in most states of the country. But how they plan to use their power is a tricky question. More

January 28, 2013 By Melissa Maynard , Staff Writer

Issue to Watch: Collective Bargaining

While this year’s legislative battles in the states over collective bargaining rights are likely to be more restrained than previous years, the legislation put forward would still have a significant impact on employer-labor relationships, if passed. More

January 25, 2013 By Ben Wieder, Staff Writer

Issue To Watch: School Testing

A number of states are pushing to up the stakes on reading tests for younger students and assign letter grades to schools. More

January 24, 2013 By Jim Malewitz, Staff Writer

Issue to Watch: Renewable Energy

Here is a look at states considering major action on renewable energy policy. More

January 23, 2013 By Maggie Clark , Staff Writer

Issue To Watch: Gun Regulation

Gun legislation moved to the top of the list for many state lawmakers after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December. More

January 22, 2013 By Daniel C. Vock , Staff Writer

Issue To Watch: Immigration

Long-bottled-up bills that address state policies on whether to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students could become law this year, because of changes in party control of legislative chambers and changes in federal policy. More

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