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America’s Road Funding Challenge

America’s roads and highways are facing unprecedented use, but funds to maintain and improve them are generally static or declining. This brief explains how states fund road and highway projects and identifies key causes of the funding deficit..

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What is the Labor Force Participation Rate?

The labor force participation rate is an important labor market indicator that captures the extent to which potential workers are participating. This brief defines the labor force participation rate, highlights recent national trends, and explores why they matter.

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Snow Water Content in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Comparing the snow water contents of April 1 in 2010 and 2015, the levels declined by approximately 95% across all three regions of the Sierra Nevada mountains. See how snowfall and water have decreased in this visualization.

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