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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...

States Confront a New Era of Crazy Wildfires

October 22, 2015 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. NORTH FORK, Montana—The 2003 Wedge Canyon fire missed Molly Shepherd’s property by a quarter mile. From her cabin deck, she watched flames lick down the mountainside through acres of pine and larch forest toward her home....

How Heroin is Hitting the Foster Care System

October 13, 2015 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Timothy Dick’s office receives all kinds of reports of child abuse and neglect. Perhaps a child has a broken bone, or is underfed, or has been left home alone for too long. But when caseworkers drive...

States Agree on Need for ‘Preschool,’ Differ on Definition

September 7, 2015 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Kari Leonard is a mom of five, but on a typical weekday a visitor might find 10 young children in the living room of her Saint Peter, Minnesota, home. The children at her child care center,...

Ferguson Fallout Leaves States Struggling With Court Debt

August 26, 2015 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Say you’re caught driving 10 miles an hour over the posted speed limit in California. The state’s base fine for that offense is $35. But then the state adds an additional $40. The county adds $28....

States Battle Cities Over Minimum Wage

July 13, 2015 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Thursday morning, labor advocates gathered to pray on the steps of city hall in Kansas City, Missouri. They pledged to remain there, fasting, until the city council’s vote this week on a proposal to raise the...

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