Louisiana Adopts Landmark Criminal Justice Reforms

Louisiana Adopts Landmark Criminal Justice Reforms Governor John Bel Edwards (D) signed a broadly bipartisan package of 10 bills June 15 that aims to reduce crime and incarceration by steering less serious offenders away from prison, strengthening alternatives to imprisonment, and clearing away barriers to success during re-entry. With these…

Why Are Millions of Citizens Not Registered to Vote?

Why Are Millions of Citizens Not Registered to Vote? In every state and the District of Columbia—except North Dakota—individuals who plan to vote in a federal election must first register to vote. However, a sizable share of eligible citizens do not register. Official statistics vary, but a conservative estimate, calculated…

How States Can Make the Most of Their Rainy Day Funds

How States Can Make the Most of Their Rainy Day Funds To minimize the need for uncomfortable choices between raising taxes or cutting spending, 48 states have created budget stabilization funds—rainy day funds—that take advantage of boom times by directing surplus revenue into savings that can offset future shortfalls. However,…

Employer Barriers to and Motivations for Offering Retirement Benefits

Employer Barriers to and Motivations for Offering Retirement Benefits When crafting their approaches, it is useful for states to understand why some employers offer plans and others do not. In 2016, The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted a survey of owners, top executives, and human resource managers at more than 1,600…

Federal Policy

Federal Policy Federal laws and regulations affect the lives of every American. Pew’s national policy agenda has included work to improve the safety of food, drugs, and medical devices; make meals and snacks served in schools healthier; address the challenge of antibiotic resistance; foster a robust dialogue on economic mobility;…

Fiscal & Economic Policy

Fiscal & Economic Policy Policymakers at all levels of government have many difficult choices to make as rising health care, education, and infrastructure costs place pressures on annual budgets and outpace revenue growth. Pew helps legislators and public officials confront these challenges by sharing information and highlighting best practices that…

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Making smart choices about infrastructure policy can help address larger policy challenges, from transportation to technology to flood protection. Pew’s research examines issues that are critical to improving the economy, our shared environment, and civic life. Source: Governing Click to read more.

International Policy

International Policy Many of the most difficult challenges in the 21st century cross borders and often continents.  As a global research and public policy organization, Pew works with other non-governmental organizations and international bodies on critical environmental issues.  Pew works with other nations and Interpol to stop illegal fishing, and…

Local Policy

Local Policy Cities, counties, and local school districts are essential to our nation’s prosperity and the well-being of millions of Americans.   Pew conducts original research and analyses to help policymakers understand local policy challenges, from providing healthy school lunches for children to designing retirement programs for public employees.  We are…

Kansas' 2016 Juvenile Justice Reform

Kansas' 2016 Juvenile Justice Reform Seeking to improve its juvenile justice system, Kansas in 2016 enacted Senate Bill 367, which was based on the recommendations of a bipartisan work group appointed by leadership from all three branches of the state’s government. The law restricts the use of out-of-home placement, focuses…