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No state fell faster than Michigan during the economic crisis that began in 2008. “We were in a very deep hole, no question about it” says Michigan Representative Al Pscholka (R). The extent to which the once-mighty manufacturing giant has pulled itself out of that deep hole over the past four years has drawn considerable attention. Turn to page 14 to read why.
ROCA: A ROCK FOR THE AT-RISK
A program in Massachusetts called Roca is transforming the lives of troubled young men by offering them support in finishing school, training in certain job skills and help in finding a job. “The model Roca uses to get youth back on track is nothing short of admirable and extraordinary” says Texas Representative Toni Rose (D). To learn why this program is gaining so much attention, turn to page 23.
UP IN SMOKE
In 2012 - one of the most devastating wildfire years ever - more than 9 million acres of U.S. land burned. Controlling the destruction caused by wildfires is a hot issue, with “no silver bullet solution” says Colorado Senator Ellen Roberts (R). Turn to page 26 to learn how the increase in wildfires is forcing states to rethink how they allocate their resources.
RURAL LEGISLATORS DIG IN
As farming communities dry up so does their influence in statehouses, pushing many rural lawmakers to find ways to leverage their influence. “The number of people who have come from rural backgrounds is further and farther between” says Iowa Senator Bill Dix (R). Turn to page 30 to read how states are addressing the growing rural-urban divide.
There’s a lot more you’ll find inside – from electric vehicle sales and student loan debt, to solitary confinement trends and community gardens. Questions about the magazine? Contact