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Which parties control each state legislature and governorship

Data: National Conference of State Legislatures; Note: Nebraska’s legislature is non-partisan and D.C. does not have a governor; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

Heading into 2020, Republicans hold 27 governors' mansions while Democrats have 23. The GOP controls 30 state legislatures to Democrats' 19. Nebraska has a unicameral, non-partisan legislature.

Why it matters: Where the country heads on a number of key issues including abortion, gerrymandering, Medicaid, minimum wage, paid family leave, criminal justice and infrastructure is determined by action at the state level.

Chart: How pay level relates to worker productivity

Reproduced from Economic Policy Institute; Chart: Axios Visuals

The issue driving income inequality in the U.S. has not been a lack of productivity by American workers, a February report from the Economic Policy Institute finds. Instead it is that the lion's share of gains from increased productivity have gone to a tiny segment of wage earners at the top.

The big picture: After tracking closely in the three decades following World War II, from 1979 to 2017 productivity grew 70.3%, while hourly compensation of production and nonsupervisory workers grew just 11.1%. That means productivity grew six times faster than typical worker pay.