By: - July 14, 2014 12:00 am

US: Capitol’s partisanship taking hold in governors’ ranks

The National Governors Association scorned Washington for inaction on immigration and transportation funding during its meeting this weekend. But on those issues, and others including education, many governors are just as uneasy about taking potentially controversial stances or are as split as their federal counterparts.


MA: Patrick seeks more power to cut budget

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick asked the Massachusetts legislature for greater budget-cutting powers in the closing months of his term, saying he needs to be able to act more swiftly to manage unforeseen emergencies.

KY: Kentucky starts licensing faith-based mental health counselors

The state is licensing about 30 pastors who are professional mental and behavioral health counselors, allowing insurance to cover treatment for those who desire faith-based mental health services.

WY: Wyoming science standards law sparks national debate

Several national groups have launched a campaign to urge state legislators to adopt standards that educate students about climate change.

WI: Voucher schools will be major Wisconsin campaign issue

Private schools that receive taxpayer money to educate children are expected to be a big campaign issue this election year.

CA: Problems remain in issuing driver’s licenses for the undocumented

Less than six months before the state is supposed to start handing out the licenses, the road ahead is foggy, especially for the millions of Latinos who make up the state’s largest undocumented population.

US: Republican governors soften on gay marriage

While the GOP’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, the party’s governors appear to be backing off their opposition — in their rhetoric, at least.

TX: State to San Antonio: No, you can’t own your wastewater

Several months after San Antonio Water System’s bold move to secure ownership of its treated sewer water even after it gets released back into a public waterway, state regulators are saying they doubt that’s possible. 

LA: Three state school board leaders propose Common Core plan

Three leaders of the state’s top school board have proposed a one-time use of controversial Common Core test questions for the 2014-15 school year, as well as traditional Louisiana exam questions, in a bid to strike a compromise with Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.

SD: One-fifth of rural South Dakota bridges need serious repairs

A new report says rural bridges in South Dakota have continued to decline, and over 20 percent need to be repaired or replaced.

KS: Kansas begins delivering state tax refunds again

The state is now distributing about 20,000 tax refunds that were frozen for two weeks at the end of the last fiscal year.

KY: Kentucky law gives nurse practitioners more flexibility

Starting Tuesday, nurse practitioners in Kentucky who have completed a four-year collaboration with a physician will be allowed to prescribe routine medications without a doctor’s involvement, a major shift that could help improve consumers’ access to care.

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