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Is Changing the Constitution the Only Way to Fix Washington?

August 7, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Next month delegations of state lawmakers will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to attend what organizers say will be the first formal convention of states since the Civil War. They’ll gather...

Reluctant States Raise Gas Taxes to Repair Roads

July 26, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Motorists don’t like to pay more at the pump, and lawmakers worry that if they raise taxes on gasoline, they’ll be voted out of office. But states rely on those...

How State Apprenticeships Could Ease Staffing Woes

June 30, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — “Let’s make sure we’re clear on terms,” the instructor said, summoning the next presentation slide onto the big screen behind him. Obscurities such as “borrow excavation,” “grubbing”...

Cities Need State Help to Meet Paris Climate Goal

June 9, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Just minutes after President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris pact to fight climate change, mayors began announcing their plans to stay...

Why Universities Charge Extra for Engineering, Business and Nursing Degrees

June 1, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Tuition prices listed on college websites have long been divorced from what students actually pay. The students strolling through campus pay very different amounts depending on their financial aid awards....

Why Janitors Get Noncompete Agreements, Too

May 17, 2017 This piece was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. When Krishna Regmi started work as a personal care aide for a Pittsburgh home health agency in 2015, he was given a stack of paperwork to sign. “They just told...

Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

May 3, 2017 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. Community colleges are known for their associate degree programs. But these days, many community colleges award more certificates than degrees. Certificates typically take less than two years to complete and...

Matching Ex-Offenders With Hard-To-Fill Health Care Jobs

April 19, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. BALTIMORE — Collie Thomas sat in the courtyard outside the Johns Hopkins Hospital and marveled at her luck. She works as an orderly in one of the most prestigious hospitals...

States Want More Career and Technical Training, But Struggle to Find Teachers

April 6, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Many Minnesota employers say they can’t find skilled workers with the right career training. Meanwhile, high schools are cutting career and technical education courses because they can’t find qualified teachers....

Merging Colleges to Cut Costs and Still Boost Graduation Rates

March 29, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Students who apply to Georgia State University no longer receive a rejection letter if they don’t get in. Instead, they’re invited to enroll in Georgia State’s Perimeter College — the...