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What Happens When You Warn Students About Their Loan Debt?

May 19, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. What if lowering student debt was as easy as sending students a letter? Indiana University officials say borrowing by undergraduates at the school has dropped 18 percent since 2012. That’s...

The Student Debt Crisis at State Community Colleges

May 10, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Community colleges charge lower tuition than just about anywhere else. They’re open to everyone. They offer the kind of technical training employers want. And they can serve as an affordable...

What Exactly Is a 'Smart' City?

April 26, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the new streetcars that will start running in Kansas City next week, there’s a decal that says “KC is a smart city.” As the streetcars...

States Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them

April 13, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Steve Howard, the head of Vermont’s state employees union, says that temporary jobs are among the fastest-growing in state government. But Vermont’s Human Resources Department wasn’t sure. Many states don’t...

Enlisting Public Libraries to Help Fight Homelessness

April 5, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. WASHINGTON — Every weekday morning, people line up outside the central library in the nation’s capital and wait for it to open. Last Monday, about two dozen people, some carrying...

Why Marijuana Businesses Still Can’t Get Bank Accounts

March 22, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. DENVER — Tim Cullen’s marijuana business brought in millions of dollars last year, but he’s had a hard time finding a bank to take the money. He’s cycled through 14...

Why Taxing the Wealthy Can Be Trouble for States

March 8, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. This story has been updated; Connecticut state Rep. Vincent Candelora is a supporter of the rainy day fund legislation. As the gap between the rich and the poor widens, states...

Some States Help College Students Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

February 1, 2016 This article was was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. JACKSON, Miss. — At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the 11 students in Carol Jussely’s “Essential College Skills” class were talking about sex. Crammed into school chairs and clustered in...

Why Many States Are Panicked by the Federal Clean Power Plan

November 13, 2015 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. The four huge power plants that stand smoking in Colstrip, Montana, don’t just employ hundreds of workers. They pay property taxes that allow the city of some 2,000 people to afford services other remote, rural communities...

Lawmakers Struggle to Legalize Airbnb

November 3, 2015 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Renting out a room, apartment or home to short-term guests was illegal in San Francisco until this February. Yet by the time San Francisco officials legalized home sharing, the city had identified between 5,249 and 6,113...