The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Alaska

In March 2015, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative partnered with the state of Alaska to further the state’s criminal justice reform efforts. This work will target evidence-based programs and recidivism-reduction grants by generating additional information to help guide policy decisions and ensuring that funded programs deliver the intended results.

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

The decisions that state and local governments make today about how to invest their limited resources willdramatically shape our nation’s future. The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a project of The PewCharitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, works with states and localitiesto develop the tools policymakers…

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Minnesota

In June 2015, the state of Minnesota joined the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to incorporate the Results First benefit-cost analysis model into its budget and policy processes. This partnership resulted from legislation signed in April 2015 that called for a benefit-cost analysis to evaluate state corrections and human services programs.…

The Pew Retirement Savings Project

Families in the United States are facing substantial and growing challenges in trying to build their retirement savings.

School board: Unite before restarting director search

Before school board members embark on a new Nashville superintendent search, they need to do some soul searching.          

3 Ways Governors Can Strengthen States’ Long-Term Fiscal and Economic Health

At the National Governors Association’s Summer Meeting this week in West Virginia, leaders from around the country will collaborate across party lines to develop best practices that improve state government. Important lessons can be learned from governors who enacted policies this year to strengthen their states’ long-term fiscal and economic…

Fifth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Program

More than 700 policymakers, home visiting practitioners, and researchers came together in May for the Fifth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs. Summit attendees learned, among many other topics, about state innovations such as agency and community collaboration and home visiting with two parents.

Map: How geography affects the value of the minimum wage

Labor advocates scored a major victory on Tuesday: Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, took a step toward raising to its hourly minimum wage to $15. A national movement has formed around raising the minimum wage to that level, but its value depends a lot on where a worker lives. While minimum wages range…

What States Have at Stake in Federal Tax Reform Proposals

The tax proposals the U.S. presidential candidates have unveiled so far differ in their priorities and level of detail, but a common approach is to reduce tax rates and scale back or eliminate certain deductions, credits, or exclusions, also known as tax expenditures. The debate over these plans will focus…

Marijuana in Alaska has long been legal. Now the state is struggling to regulate it.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on the legalization of marijuana, produced in partnership with the 2015 Carnegie-Knight News21 national student reporting project. ALASKA  – Native Alaskan Leif Abel knew how to hunt, fish, trap and grow organically by the time he was eight. In the family greenhouse, marijuana plants grew…