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Alaska Legislature Convenes For Special Session Amid Budget Fallout
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Alaska Legislature Convenes For Special Session Amid Budget Fallout
2019-07-19 21:42:17
by Elin Johnson

Controversy continues to roil Alaska, a week after the state legislature failed to overturn $444 million in budget cuts by Governor Mike Dunleavy. The latest dispute, resolved only Wednesday, concerned the location for a special session of the legislature that... Read More

Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts
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Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday that 13 officers would be fired for making racist or offensive Facebook posts, an unprecedented wave of terminations resulting from a scandal that has attracted national attention. Speaking alongside Mayor Jim... Read More

California Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors. To Recruit Them, It's Paying Off Med School Debt
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California Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors. To Recruit Them, It's Paying Off Med School Debt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bryan Ruiz’s hands were still shaking an hour after he learned the $300,000 in medical school loans he took out to become a dentist were being wiped away by California taxpayers. A year out of medical school,... Read More

NC Gerrymandering Trial Begins, Could Have Major Implications For 2020 And Beyond
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NC Gerrymandering Trial Begins, Could Have Major Implications For 2020 And Beyond

RALEIGH, N.C. — The lines used to elect members of the North Carolina General Assembly are unconstitutional and should be redrawn before the 2020 elections, an attorney for activists and politicians argued in court Monday. In 2018, Democratic candidates won... Read More

Connecticut Governor Signs Budget, Closing Deficit Without Hiking Tax Rates
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Connecticut Governor Signs Budget, Closing Deficit Without Hiking Tax Rates
2019-07-12 14:26:42
by Elin Johnson

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the state's new spending plan this week, a plan that closes the $3.7 billion deficit he inherited when he took office in January without raising taxes. “For years, instability in the state’s finances has resulted... Read More

New Jersey Governor Signs New Legislation and Temporarily Freezes Part of Budget
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New Jersey Governor Signs New Legislation and Temporarily Freezes Part of Budget
2019-07-11 19:05:30
by Elin Johnson

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation this past week, including bills that expand patient access to medical marijuana, ensure the health benefits and compensation to 9/11 responders, and prohibit utilities from cutting the power off on... Read More

Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Loan Forgiveness to Expand Teacher Pool
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Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Loan Forgiveness to Expand Teacher Pool
2019-07-11 17:38:54
by Elin Johnson

A bill with bipartisan support in the Wisconsin legislature could expand the eligibility for loan forgiveness for participants in a program aimed at growing the number of minority teachers in the state. Assembly Bill 51 has already received the unanimous... Read More

California Extends Health Benefits To Adult Undocumented Immigrants
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California Extends Health Benefits To Adult Undocumented Immigrants
2019-07-11 10:30:54
by Dan McCue

When California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law this week, he also extended health care coverage to low-income, undocumented young adults through the state's Medicaid program. Since 2016, California has allowed children under 18 to receive taxpayer-backed... Read More

Cuomo Celebrates Women's World Cup Victory By Signing Equal Pay Law
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Cuomo Celebrates Women's World Cup Victory By Signing Equal Pay Law
2019-07-10 19:44:07
by Dan McCue

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team Wednesday by signing legislation guaranteeing women equal pay for equal work in New York State moments before the star athletes were honored with a ticker-tape... Read More

Alaska’s New Governor Slashes $444 Million From State Budget
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Alaska’s New Governor Slashes $444 Million From State Budget
2019-07-02 19:57:12
by Elin Johnson

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy cut $444 million from the state’s operating budget  last week, a move he said was critical to moving closer to a balanced budget without raising taxes or reducing the annual Permanent Fund dividend paid to every... Read More

Texas Extends Tax Break That Helped Make It a Renewable Energy Powerhouse
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Texas Extends Tax Break That Helped Make It a Renewable Energy Powerhouse
2019-07-02 19:36:11
by Dan McCue

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a pair of bills extending a property tax abatement that helped make the state a wind and solar energy powerhouse while also providing greater transparency for the program. The extension of the tax abatement,... Read More

New Mexico Governor Swears in State First-Ever Ethics Commission
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New Mexico Governor Swears in State First-Ever Ethics Commission
2019-07-01 20:59:21
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham swore in the state's first-ever Ethics Commission, a move that was a long time coming and which citizens hope will bring a welcome end to a series of high profile corruption scandals. “I am... Read More

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