New research shows that broad access to health care is a cost-effective way to reduce crime by addressing issues of substance abuse and mental illness before people get in trouble. Check out the Brookings Institution's look at this research and some recommendations on ways to increase access to care.
Governing Magazine has outlined key issues on tap in state legislatures across the country in 2018, from dealing with federal tax reform and proposed Medicaid changes to how to appropriately regulate innovations in the telecom industry. Read details on these and other major debates expected to take place in statehouses this year.
NewDEALer in the Spotlight
Troy Singleton, Senator-elect (Mount Laurel, NJ)
A bill co-sponsored by NewDEAL Leader New Jersey Senator-elect Troy Singleton works to address housing needs for disabled veterans in an effort to create a more welcoming environment for returning veterans. The bill establishes a five-year pilot program, offering grants to help pay for home modifications like ramps, wheelchair-accessible bathroom modifications and other needs. Read more about the bill, which passed in the regular session and awaits signing.