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Benefit-Cost Analysis in Support of Children, Youth, and Families

Benefit-cost analyses hold great promise for influencing policies related to children, youth, and families, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences. Read More
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Achieving Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability in Illinois

This report reviews Governor Quinn’s three-year budget projection and proposes a comprehensive five-year plan for achieving long-term fiscal sustainability for the State of Illinois. Read More
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Recommendations for Public Pension Plan Reforms

The report outlines recommendations to improve the current state of pension plan funding as total unfunded public pension liabilities in the U.S. near $1 trillion by some estimates. Read More
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New Research Network to Improve Governance

The Research Network will study what happens when governments and institutions open themselves to diverse participation, pursue collaborative problem-solving, and seek input and expertise from a range of people. Read More
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States Benefit from Results First Initiative

States implementing an analytic cost-benefit model pioneered by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative are seeing important policymaking successes, according to a brief. Read More
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State, Local Government Spending on Health Care Grew Faster Than National Rate in 2012

Total U.S. health care spending grew slowly in 2012, rising about four percent, but the story for state and local governments was dramatically different, according to an analysis from the State Health Care Spending Project Read More
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State Fiscal Strains Linger in Economic Recovery

The report outlines a troubling picture of the unsustainable fiscal position of many states and their local governments across the country Read More