In 2014, Oklahoma policymakers took a bold step to secure the financial future for current and future state employees. Those leaders passed a reform package that transitioned the state away from the antiquated and financially unsustainable defined-benefit pension system to a fiscally sound defined-contribution system. States around the country … »
ALEC lauds the benefits of digital learning in American education, such as customized learning programs for struggling students and more time for “higher-level discussions.” Additionally, technology in the classroom empowers “students to learn anytime, anywhere; to be always learning.”
To the benefit of greater digital education, the Philadelphia-based telecommunications company, Comcast, announced another round of enhancements to its low-cost broadband Internet program Internet Essentials earlier this month. The program launched in 2011 and has since invested more than $240 million in digital literacy training.
Internet Essentials costs $9.95 per month plus tax and announced free upgrades to …
2015 is shaping up to be one of the most severe wildfire seasons in a decade for the American northwest and mountain states, prompting Montana Governor Steve Bullock to declare a state of emergency in Montana due to the number of fires already burning and the high fire danger throughout … »
Vermont consumers have an unwelcome surprise at the cash register: a new six-percent sales tax on their favorite soft drink. This session, Vermont passed $63 million in new taxes, including the soft drink tax, which imposes a heavy compliance cost on small business. Even more worrisome, the Vermont Department … »
Nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group State Budget Solutions estimates total debt in the states is at least $5 trillion. Clearly, state governments need new solutions to address today’s fiscal problems. According to State of the States: An Analysis of the 2015 Governor’s Addresses, numerous governors proposed new ideas to help increase … »