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State Policy Update
Why Marijuana Tax Revenue Forecasts Are Hazy
After a strong start in several states, recreational marijuana tax revenue has grown volatile. Our new research breaks down the trend.
ANALYSIS + CHARTS
Despite Year-End Dip, Tax Revenue Remains High
State tax revenue fell 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with a year earlier. The decline breaks a string of strong quarterly increases.
Louisiana Expands Access to Addiction Treatment
Federal data show that just 1 in 20 Louisiana residents who need treatment for substance use disorders receive it. The national average, by contrast, is 1 in 9.
Texas to Tap Rainy Day Fund for Flood Mitigation
Pew's Laura Lightbody and Bob Zahradnik explain how the state—still recovering from Hurricane Harvey—is investing in flood preparedness.
Legit Robocalls Get Snared in Crackdown on Scams
Last week, state attorneys general announced a new agreement with telecom companies to crack down on illegal calls and scams. But experts say legitimate calls could also be blocked.
Some Kids to Get Early Help for Lead Poisoning
Several states this year made children with even low levels of lead in their blood automatically eligible for physical, developmental, and other therapies at an earlier age.
FROM ROUTE FIFTY
Wyoming Treats Air Ambulances Like Public Utility
The state wants to use Medicaid to offset the high costs of air ambulances. Other states have tried to rein in the industry but have continually run up against the Airline Deregulation Act.
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