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.


January 28, 2013

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
January 25, 2013

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
January 24, 2013

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
January 23, 2013

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
January 22, 2013

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

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