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Wildfires Put State Budgets Under Pressure

October 5, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. The wildfires that tore through over a million acres of Montana this year damaged homes, cloaked communities in smoke, and burned a hole in the state budget. With winter snow...

Western Towns Try to Stop Hungry Bears From Causing Havoc

September 18, 2017 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. BOULDER, Colo. — On a recent morning that was chilly with the first nip of fall, Brenda Lee went looking for knocked-over trash cans. She drove her car slowly through...

Charlottesville May Put the Brakes on Campus Free Speech Laws

August 24, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. The sight of white supremacists marching through the heart of the University of Virginia, carrying flaming Tiki torches and shouting “Jews will not replace us!” — followed by the killing...

Why States Don’t Want Trump to Make ‘Very Big Changes’ to NAFTA

August 19, 2017 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and written by Sophie Quinton. President Donald Trump says the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a disaster. “It’s been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers,” he said at the Wisconsin...

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...