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NJ: Bill would boost New Jersey drivers’ gasoline costs $300 a year
New Jersey motorists would pay about $300 more per year for gasoline under legislation proposed by Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Wisniewski to raise $1.25 billion annually for highways.
NY: New York’s homeland security chief said to be leaving soon, but why?
Just two weeks after telling law enforcement officials at the State Intelligence Summit about a high risk of a terrorist strike in the U.S., New York homeland security chief Jerome Hauer is planning his departure from the state job he has held since October 2011, according to people in the administration.
US: States listen as parents give rampant testing an F
Parents, students and school officials have joined a national protest in which states have repealed their graduation test requirements, postponed the consequences of testing for the Common Core and rolled back the number of required exams.
TX: Obama action on immigration could benefit Texas economy
With the midterm elections behind him, President Barack Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas’ agricultural, construction and service industries.
KS: Kansas educators fret over revenue shortfall
Many Kansas educators say they fear a shortfall in state revenue—down $46.5 million from estimates since July—will mean cuts to education, which makes up more than half the state’s budget.
OR: Portland street fee details to be announced today
The controversial plan to raise $46 million for streets has taken several forms during discussion, including a flat fee on businesses and an income tax.
RI: Governor-elect says big third-party vote says people are ‘disgusted’
What did Democratic Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo make of Robert J. Healey, the Cool Moose Party founder, pulling in 21.4 percent of the vote, while spending just $36, compared with her $5.4 million? “People are disgusted,” she said, “and they have every reason to be.”
NH: Senators concerned over implementation of veterans’ health choice program
Two state senators are seeking assurances from the secretary of Veterans Affairs that the new “Veterans Choice” program will let participants choose where they seek medical care outside the VA health system.
WI: In Wisconsin, the money’s on manufacturing
While manufacturing in Wisconsin represents about one in five jobs, it is pulling in more than 20 percent of state business incentives—an approach that some economists say may be short-sighted.
LA: Jindal administration rolls back state workers health care plan changes
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has made dramatic adjustments to state worker health care benefits for 2015 after tremendous public outcry and a threat of at least one lawsuit over next year’s health insurance offerings.
MD: After Election Day, Maryland Republicans feel relevant again
That assessment by Joe Cluster, the state party’s executive director, followed a decisive win by Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and gains for Republican members of the General Assembly.
SD: Botched-surgery claims might tip South Dakota law
A series of allegations against a former doctor could spark a change in medical malpractice lawsuits in South Dakota.
WV: West Virginia college enrollment down again
Enrollment for West Virginia’s public four-year colleges and universities decreased by 1.6 percent in the last year, and has steadily declined the past four years.
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