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Topic - Pew Center On The States
A new U.S. Census Bureau report shows that college enrollment is dropping after six years of steady growth. Factors could include high tuition costs, an improving economy and a dip in the number of college-age people in the United States.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. got it right when he called this week for a major shift away from harsh minimum sentences for certain drug crimes in an attempt to cut down an inflating federal prison population.
Fresh from the November elections in which both parties complained that voters' rights had been curtailed, House Democrats are pushing election reforms as a central tenet of their legislative agenda for the new Congress.
The Great Recession has taken a heavy toll on public pension and retiree health care funds in dozens of the nation's biggest cities, according to a study released Wednesday, as top cities around the country struggled to keep up with their liabilities amid plunging revenues.
Problems with identifying legitimate voters are much more serious than anyone is acknowledging.
Recession-plagued states diverted scarce money away from pensions to pay for more immediate concerns, leaving a $757 billion hole in the retirement funds covering millions of public employees, according to a study released Monday.
A House Republican whose committee is investigating a lavish conference held by the General Services Administration says a high-ranking official with the embattled agency spent an extra night in Las Vegas after the conference at taxpayer expense.
Emergency room visits for many easily prevented dental problems are increasing nationwide, according to a new report. The study by the Pew Center on the States was based partly on hospital data from 24 states. Its findings do not mention every state that was studied, but here's a look at places where the cost or growth rates are high:
More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist's office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research.
More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems _ a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist's office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research.
Did you know that according to a new Pew study, more than 1.8 million dead people are registered to vote? And that leading Democrats are fiercely opposing new laws that tighten voting requirements?
More than 40 percent of ex-convicts commit crimes within three years of their release and wind up back behind bars, despite billions in taxpayer dollars spent on prison systems that are supposed to help rehabilitate them, according to a study released Wednesday.
Even as state legislators slice budgets for 2011, many lawmakers have crossed party lines to boost or maintain state spending on early child education programs, according to a report.
Since 2008, at least 20 states have rolled back pension benefits or seriously considered doing so — and not just for new hires, but for current employees and retirees.
By most accounts, the 2008 presidential election was a disaster for military voters. Thousands of them were disenfranchised when their absentee ballots were sent to wrong addresses, lost in the mail or mailed too close to the election for the ballot to be returned. To make matters worse, thousands of ballots were rejected by local election officials because the ballot - through no fault of the military voter - arrived after the election deadline.