Stateline

Nonpartisan, Nonprofit News Service of the Pew Charitable Trusts

Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that reports and analyzes trends in state policy.

In nine states, some jurisdictions have allowed voting via computer or app.
Many public health officials are worried about the lack of preparedness, training, testing and vaccine distributions for COVID-19 and what that could mean for the next pandemic.
Since 2016, at least nine states have restored voting rights to some people with felonies.
In addition to managing unprecedented unemployment numbers, states have to avoid processing thousands of fraudulent benefits claims. Sorting it all out takes time, only further delaying relief for legitimate claimants.
Across the country, a critical shortage of state psychiatric beds is forcing mentally ill patients with severe symptoms to be held in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for a bed, sometimes for weeks.
Richmond’s fraud app allows residents to report government waste, fraud and abuse. Though fraud apps can cost thousands to develop, auditors say the money they help recover can more than outweigh their costs.
After years of cutbacks, many of the nation’s state parks are facing similar situations to Wyoming's, forced to cut programming, reduce hours of operations, and sometimes shut their gates. The shrinking budgets have prompted park officials to look for new sources of funding.
Many states don’t publish records of their short-term and contract hires. Even states that do have to do a little research to determine how that share of the state workforce may be changing over time and why. A small but growing body of research suggests that work arrangements other than full-time jobs are more common across the economy, including in government. It’s hard to tell, however, how much states contribute to the so-called 1099 economy through their hiring and contracting.
The nation’s growing diversity is not reflected in state legislatures. Nationwide, African-Americans, who make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, account for 9 percent of state legislators. Latinos, who are 17 percent of the population, only account for 5 percent of state legislators.
As coastal communities are confronted with increasingly costly storms, they are turning to buyouts, to create natural buffers along the coast and help protect nearby neighborhoods and businesses from flooding.