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The labor force participation rate has been on the decline for more than a decade and the rate of decline has increased since the Great Recession began in December 2007. The likelihood of someone not participating in the labor force, as well as the reason for not participating, often depends on a person’s age. Participation rates vary significantly across states and regions, with a range of nearly 20 percentage points between the lowest and highest states.

Chapter 5 of the 2013 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 3 of the 2013 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

America’s system of election administration is, in many ways, inefficient, unnecessarily expensive to administer and does not work as well as it can for the population it is intended to serve. To bring our elections into the 21st century, states should modernize how we register to vote, when we vote and how we manage the voting process.
 
Adults with behavioral health disorders are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. The Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs Framework provides a starting point for corrections, mental health and substance abuse professionals to make better decisions to improve public health and safety outcomes.
 

Chapter 4 of the 2013 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 7 of the 2013 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

States and local governments were faced with long lines and long wait times for some voters in Election 2012. What causes election problems? How does government get to the point where elections get off the front pages and return to stable events? The solutions are not simply limited to election administration. Smooth elections are a combination of policy, usually mandated at the state level by legislation or by regulation, resources allocated to the elections process, political considerations, and then administration of the process at the local level. What can states do to assure the best possible service to voters? What is the proper mix of policy, politics, practices and procedures?
 

Chapter 8 of the 2013 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

The State Budget Crisis Task Force, established by Richard Ravitch and Paul Volcker, examined major threats to state fiscal sustainability, including federal deficit reduction, underfunded retirement promises, rapid Medicaid growth, and narrow and eroding tax bases. It recommended better federal-state communication, improved state budgeting and reporting practices, and broader state tax bases.
 

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