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5 Ways to Be Involved With State Legislature

Morgan Adams | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Morgan Adams

If you can't invest enough time to figure out who to address, why should anyone else figure it out for you?

11 Illinois State Employees Who Make More Than $100,000

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.21.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Last year there were 8,853 state government employees who earned more than $100,000. These figures account for the 10.8 percent of all state workers who earned paychecks from the Illinois Comptroller's Office for 2014.

List of States Considering Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Grows

Juan Escalante | Posted 06.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Escalante

While in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants continues to be a hot issue, particularly in states like Texas, state legislatures across the country are now dealing with a new immigration related issue -- driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

A Seminal SCOTUS Decision Holding Thousands of State Agencies to Be Walking Antitrust Felonies -- And an Incompetent Media Blithely Ignoring It

Robert C. Fellmeth | Posted 06.06.2015 | Media
Robert C. Fellmeth

The Court has finally struck a blow for democracy. And it will be actualized because of one phrase: treble damages liability. Thank you, Justice Kennedy. Now we all have to clothe many naked and quite ugly kings. And we shall have to do it without the help of our media, who seem to believe they all remain in royal regalia.

$9 Billion Is a Lot of Money: How Much Could You Buy With Illinois' Budget Deficit?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

New information from the Fiscal Futures Project of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois shows that Illinois' finances are in worse shape than previously predicted. By Fiscal Year 2016, the state will owe $9 billion in unpaid bills.

Meet Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's Six New Appointees

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has officially taken the oath of office and assumed responsibility for the leadership of the state for the next four years. But he'll have some help from his staff, cabinet members and advisors.

Samantha Lachman

Democratic Group Aims To Advance 'People's Agenda' In States

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 200 Democratic lawmakers were surprisingly upbeat here Friday, given the drubbing they experienced in state legislative chambe...

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.

Government Consolidation Might Be the Answer to Illinois' Problems

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even when consolidation isn't the best option for a particular arm of government, politics shouldn't be the driving factor in deciding not to consolidate.

Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.

9 Reasons Why Government Doesn't Work

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

State, county and municipal governments are mainly in the business of buying services for their constituents, paying providers to tackle a broad spectrum of social problems. But these governments face significant barriers to reducing costs and delivering high-quality services.

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

New Report: More Working Mothers Are Low-Income; State Actions Needed

Brandon Roberts | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

State governments have significant authority and opportunity to assist low-income working families with children... if they have the will.

States With The Least Government Benefits

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

24/7 Wall St.: Politicians Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan recently introduced a plan to fight poverty by transferring more responsibility to the states. Wh...

When Hell Freezes Over

Adam Banner | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

In a move that has rankled many in this predominantly conservative Christian state, the Satanic Temple in New York has formally applied with the Oklahoma Capitol's grounds committee to build a statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed depiction of Satan, in the state's capitol building.

Are You a Citizen Lobbyist? You Can Be!

Edward Falzon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Edward Falzon

There's a common perception that the only two options for political involvement are to vote or to run for office. These avenues are certainly open to us all, but most of us seem to forget a third option: Lobbying. And the perfect how-to guide is now on the shelves.

Is Roe v. Wade in Danger?

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Even though 87 percent of all U.S. counties lack an abortion provider according to 2008 data, actions to restrict the access of abortion services continue steadily.

Freedom Of Information Not So Free -- Many States Charge Insane Fees

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received a $4,500 bill from the city’s police department for access to public crime data, the Pulitze...

WATCH: Governors In Aspen: What's Working At The State Level?

The Aspen Institute | Posted 08.09.2013 | Impact

DATE: July 25, 2013. TIME: 8:00p EST Federal gridlock has offered a new set of challenges and opportunities for state officials. The Aspen Institut...

North Carolina Trying to Compete With Ohio and Texas in Lunacy

Jamison Doran | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Jamison Doran

You know when you were little and your mother would tell you, "If you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all?" Well I'm about to throw all of that out the window (sorry mom).

Climate Jobs? No Problem

William S. Becker | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Contrary to popular wisdom, our carbon glide path is not due mainly to less economic activity during the recession, or the slow recovery, or the rapidly increasing use of natural gas.

Struggling States Look To Charities For Welfare Help

Posted 08.10.2012 | Business

Faced with tight budgets and needy residents, state governments are increasingly turning to third parties like charities to keep their funding commitm...

PHOTOS: Amazing State Capitol Buildings

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 09.02.2012 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

State capitals may be hotbeds of partisan madness, but they are also the hubs around which local economies, cultures and sentiments spin.

Recovery No Help For Many Laid-Off Government Employees

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

By Lisa Lambert April 8 (Reuters) - Since 2009, the city of Chesapeake, tucked up against the Great Dismal Swamp in southern Virginia,...

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Caitlin Ginley, iWatch NewsThe tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics.In Georgia, more than 650 government e...