Battery storage could revolutionize the state’s electrical grid, making it more reliable and friendlier to renewable energy. The problem? It is likely to require a fundamental change in state law.
Washington Correctional Industries generates up to $70 million in sales a year, ranking as the nation’s fourth-largest prison labor program. But the program has cost taxpayers millions of dollars, charged exorbitant markups to state agencies to make up for losses, and taken jobs from private businesses that can’t compete with cheap prison labor, a newspaper investigation has found.
Mississippi legislators have spent $1.5 billion less on education that what’s required under state law, forcing many school districts to raise property taxes, an Associated Press review has found.
State officials are encouraging more than a million undocumented immigrants living in California to step forward and apply for licenses.
Delaware legislators will consider the decriminalization of marijuana during next year’s legislative session.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has asked for a performance audit of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, citing the “significant threat” posed by $13.9 billion in unfunded state pension obligations.
Five state workers’ compensation hearing officers have received five-day suspensions after they attended a hot tub party last year hosted by attorneys who represent clients before them.
Some Republican lawmakers hope to roll back West Virginia’s longstanding prevailing wage law when the new GOP majority convenes in the upcoming legislative session.
The measure would allow cities with faltering pension funds to use additional insurance premium tax revenues to shore up their accounts.
Seven months before Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick agreed to transfer 500 state workers into a public employees union, his legal team successfully blocked a similar union effort by arguing it would be contrary to law. Now, Patrick is arguing that extending union protection to another 500 workers is warranted.
North Dakota is ambivalent about its lottery, offering only a limited selection of games and making less money relative to its population than other states with lotteries.
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