Pew Research Center Jul. 18, 2007

Florida is Test Bed for Medicaid Overhaul

Halfway through a two-year test run, Florida’s nationally acclaimed pilot program to introduce competition to its Medicaid program has met mixed success.

Pew Research Center Jun. 7, 2007

Governors Expect Tighter Budgets in 2008

Only three states ran into red ink this year, while more than half sailed through with higher-than-expected revenues. States overall are finishing a spending spree, but the best revenue picture in six years may be behind them.

U.S. Politics May. 2, 2007

Surge in Support for Social Safety Net

Support for government programs to help disadvantaged Americans, as well as sympathy for the plight of the poor, have surged since 1994 and returned to levels last seen in 1990 prior to welfare reform, with gains occurring among virtually every major social, political and demographic group.

Pew Research Center Apr. 9, 2007

Vouchers See Mixed Success This Session

After a string of successes, voucher advocates see setbacks in this year’s legislative session.

Pew Research Center Jan. 10, 2007

Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

It’s not for sale yet, but in the latest trend of revenue generating strategies, states have taken to selling off, leasing out and cashing in on some of their most valuable assets, primarily toll roads. Several big deals were consummated in 2006, including a $3.8 billion deal in Indiana to lease a state toll road to a private Australian-Spanish consortium.

U.S. Politics Jan. 4, 2007

The Complicated Politics of Free Trade

Crafting effective U.S. trade policies in an era of rapid economic globalization is tough. But the politics of free trade are even tougher — particularly for Democrats, according to a recent national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2006

Free Trade Agreements Get a Mixed Review

The American public continues to have a mixed opinion about free trade agreements such as NAFTA and the WTO. On balance they are seen as a good thing for the country, but Americans are divided over the impact of free trade agreements on their own personal financial situations.

Pew Research Center May. 23, 2006

Addicted to Gambling

Although a handful of states are moving this year to ban certain types of electronic gambling machines, experts say tax-averse states are growing increasingly dependent on gambling revenues while ignoring the social cost of problem gamblers.

U.S. Politics Mar. 28, 2006

Pinched Pocketbooks

Beyond partisanship — and behind those healthy economic indicators — Americans may be seeing something that most economists overlook.

Mar. 28, 2006

A Barometer of Modern Morals

Cheating on your taxes, cheating on your spouse and other questions of right and wrong