Editor’s Picks From Around the Web
TN: Free tuition for tech colleges proposed in Tennessee
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam wants to offer about 8,000 eligible adults the chance to get tuition-free training at a Tennessee technical college starting this fall.
CA: California Democrats to unveil new immigration proposals
Democratic lawmakers in California will propose measures that would extend state-paid health coverage to those in the country illegally and offer more protection against deportation.
NV: Lawmakers propose abolishing Nevada health exchange
Several Republican legislators seek to scrap Nevada’s health insurance exchange launched as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, saying the program is expensive, suffered a rocky start and is an example of federal overreach.
GA: Georgia’s new transportation plan won’t put you in the fast lane
The Georgia Legislature passed a billion transportation funding plan that will deliver repairs and maintenance, not new rail lines or interchanges to ease traffic.
ND: N.D. Democrats push governor for sexual orientation protections
Democratic legislators have called on Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple to issue an executive order that would offer North Dakota state employees protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
OK: Oklahoma’s oil production tax collections lowest in 12 years
In another sign of a deepening slump for Oklahoma’s leading industry, gross production tax revenue from oil and gas companies dropped to its lowest level in more than a dozen years last month.
FL: Florida Gov. Scott backs off support of Medicaid expansion
Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who had thrown his support behind expanding Medicaid two years ago, expressed strong doubts about a government proposal to extend federally subsidized health insurance to nearly 800,000 poor Floridians.
TX: Bill would ban ‘sanctuary cities’ in Texas
A Senate subcommittee advanced a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities, the common term for local governments in Texas that don’t enforce immigration laws and forbid peace officers from asking about the immigration status of a person detained or arrested.
WI: Wisconsin school districts turn to local referendums for money
Wisconsin school districts increasingly are asking voters for additional funding since the state imposed revenue caps on the districts in recent years.
ME: Maine owners of rental property oppose licensing
Maine property owners told lawmakers that requiring licensing of short-term residential lodging, such as that leased through Airbnb, would destroy the state’s billion-dollar vacation rental industry.
AL: Alabama governor creates state health care task force
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is setting up a new task force to look at ways to make health care in Alabama more accessible and more affordable.
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