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MN: Minnesota governor pushes billion transportation funding plan
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal would add a new 6.5 percent tax on gas at the wholesale level, which would likely be passed on to motorists at the gas pump, and boost license tab fees, with a separate sales tax increase in the Twin Cities, mostly for increased bus services.
MD: Analyst says Maryland governor’s unspecified budget cuts are ‘bad precedent’
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to wipe out a projected shortfall of about million next year included an across-the-board 2 percent reduction in state agency spending, which Maryland’s legislative analyst called “a very dangerous, in my estimation, approach to budgeting.”
NY: New York Assembly speaker must resign as he faces charges, lawmakers say
Fellow members of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s majority Democratic Party said he should resign as he fights federal corruption charges.
OK: Oklahoma attorney general asks Supreme Court to delay executions
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay three pending executions until the high court completes its review of the state’s lethal injection protocol.
MO: Audit: Missouri state government has too many airplanes
A state auditor found that Missouri’s fleet of 19 aircraft, operated by the Highway Patrol and the conservation and transportation departments, was larger than necessary.
CO: Republican lawmakers attempt to repeal state health insurance exchange
At least 22 Republicans in the House and Senate are sponsoring the bill to repeal the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act that created the state’s health insurance marketplace. The Democratic-led House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee is scheduled to consider the bill later this week.
AR: Lawmakers look at keeping part of 2013 capital gains tax cut
A House leader says Arkansas lawmakers are looking at changing Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s tax cut package to restore part of a million capital gains tax reduction that would otherwise be repealed.
SC: Supreme Court rejects state’s request to reconsider landmark education ruling
The state Supreme Court has rejected a request to rehear a landmark ruling in a 21-year-old case that faulted the legislature and school districts for failing to provide a basic education for students in South Carolina’s impoverished rural areas.
CA: E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under bill
The bill would add e-cigarettes to the list of tobacco products regulated in the state, which already forbids smoking in workplaces, restaurants, bars and other places. It would also ramp up penalties for selling e-cigarettes to minors.
KS: Scientists tell lawmakers fracking isn’t direct cause of Kansas quakes
The dramatic increase in both the number and magnitude of earthquakes in south-central Kansas correlates to increased oil production activity, but not directly to the controversial extraction process known as fracking, scientists said.
TN: Tennessee seeking a few good pot farmers
The Tennessee General Assembly last year passed a law that legalized strains of low-THC varieties of cannabis, as well as the measure to start a licensing program.
AL: Supreme Court rules for Native American inmates
The U.S. Supreme Court says a lower court must reconsider whether Native Americans in Alabama prisons can have longer hair.
WV: Study: Greyhound racing in West Virginia a bad bet for the state
State subsidies from West Virginia casinos account for nearly all the revenue produced by greyhound racing in the state and could be better spent elsewhere, a new study says.
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