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TN: Tennessee sales tax growth largest in more than 2 years
Sales taxes collected by retailers in July grew 6.7 percent, the largest month-over-month growth experienced in the past 27 months. Overall tax revenues were $31 million more than those collected from the same period a year ago.
AR: Private option premium drops
The per-person premium for Arkansans enrolled in the so-called private option Medicaid program fell for the fifth month in a row as younger people continued to enroll in the program.
MA: Schools’ waitlists called a drag on economy
A new survey says many public vocational and technical schools across Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission, creating a bottleneck in worker training even as thousands of well-paying jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled labor.
CT: Beer can lead to cash for colleges, but raises public health concerns
The controversial highway billboard featuring the Husky mascot next to a Coors beer bottle, which has caused a stir in Connecticut, places UConn among a number of schools across the country that have associated with beer companies to boost their sports budgets.
TX: Aquifer is no quick fix for Central Texas thirst
As the drought continues to grip Central Texas, those looking to provide water to the region’s fast-growing cities and suburbs say there is enough water to support area growth for centuries in the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. But others fear the resource will be drained at their expense.
NJ: Seven critical cases the New Jersey Supreme Court will decide this year
Medicaid benefits for legal immigrants, whether leaving a toddler unattended in a car for 10 minutes is child abuse and who should pay if you slip on grease at a Kentucky Fried Chicken are among the dozens of cases the New Jersey Supreme Court is likely to hear this term.
WA: Obamacare helps slash hospital charity costs in state
Hospital charity-care costs plunged as the Affordable Care Act kicked in, but hospitals worry about the effect of cuts in reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.
NM: Farmers threaten to sue state over water meter mandate
Farmers from a narrow strip of fertile land in southwestern New Mexico are accusing the state’s top water management agency of violating their constitutional rights by mandating that metering devices to be installed along the Mimbres River.
PA: Slots cash a mixed bag for Pennsylvania property owners
Slot machine revenue has helped restrain the inexorable growth of property taxes and eliminated it for thousands of low-income seniors. But despite the meteoric rise of Pennsylvania’s gambling industry, the casinos haven’t delivered enough revenue to put a significant dent in most homeowners’ tax bills.
FL: Florida Gov. Rick Scott seldom appoints black judges
After nearly four years, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has appointed fewer African Americans to Florida judgeships than either former governors Charlie Crist or Jeb Bush did in the same period of time, sparking criticism from the Florida Bar and the legislature’s black caucus.
KY: GOP hopes for winning Kentucky House hinge on eight districts
If Republicans hope to take over the Kentucky House this fall for the first time since 1921, they’ll probably need to win most — if not all — of the eight contested districts that don’t have an incumbent seeking re-election.
KS: Fight over repealing wind power mandate not over
Two Republican state lawmakers say they will have more success next year in repealing a law that requires Kansas utilities to get some of their power from wind, a repeal that blew through the state Senate but failed in the House.
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