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PHOTO: Tamarine Cornelius, an analyst with the independent research group Wisconsin Budget Project, reports that Wisconsin's government employment is at a record low, and that it may fall even farther. (Photo courtesy of Tamarine Cornelius)

MADISON, Wis. - The number of public employees in Wisconsin has dropped to its lowest level in two decades, compared with the state's total population, according to a just-released analysis from the independent Wisconsin Budget Project. Wisconsin has nearly 6 percent fewer state employees per capit ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to combine the departments of Community Health and Human Services  are raising concerns about what it will mean for agencies, workers and the delivery of services at the local level. Photo courtesy of Gov. Snyder's office.

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder is expected soon to sign an executive order that will create the state's largest agency. Officials say the merger of the departments of Community Health and Human Services will save costs and better meet the needs of an underserved population. Maxine Thome, executi ...Read More

PHOTO: At "Food and Farm Day," New Mexico lawmakers will hear from people supporting legislation to purchase more fresh and locally produced foods for New Mexico schools. Photo courtesy of San Diego County, Calif.

SANTA FE, N.M. - "Food and Farms Day" at the state Capitol is part of an ongoing effort to support New Mexico's farm economy by giving farmers a better chance to provide healthy, nutritious and locally grown foods to schools and communities around the state. "It's really looking at food and farming ...Read More

PHOTO: Mentors and young people are matched up according to their interests, from hunting and sports to games and movies. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest/Flickr.

DICKINSON, N.D. - Those North Dakotans who have resolved to make a difference this year are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people. A variety of mentoring programs in cities statewide match at-risk children with caring adults, but many more are in need of strong role models. ...Read More

PHOTO: Last year, nearly 700 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 63,000 Missourians file their federal and state income tax returns, and the program will be offered again this year at dozens of sites statewide. Photo credit: M. Shand

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Getting your taxes done early will not only feel like a burden has been lifted, but experts say it actually can help Missourians avoid fraud - and it can all be done for free. At sites across the state, Internal Revenue Service-trained volunteers once again are ready and able to ...Read More

PHOTO: Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, left, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, want prosecutors to help the state put a cost on the death penalty. Photo courtesy LRC Public Information.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky has the death penalty - but no firm price tag on what it costs to send a convicted felon to death row. Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, who both oppose the death penalty, have filed companion resolutions - SCR 11 and HCR 30 - to determine ...Read More

PHOTO: Efforts to pass laws in Utah and around the nation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination are getting support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo credit: California Office of Historic Preservation.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is publicly supporting legislation at all levels of government that would provide protections in housing, employment and other areas for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Among the LDS church leaders who spoke at a new ...Read More

IMAGE: This graph shows the decline in income gains going to the so-called "99 percent" of Pennsylvania wage-earners in periods of economic expansion, since 1979. Courtesy of Keystone Research Center.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Income inequality often is in the news, and a new report confirms that it may be even worse than earlier reported. The report, "The Increasingly Unequal States of America," examines data by state. Report co-author Mark Price, an economist with the Keystone Research Center, said th ...Read More

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