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US: States, Congress urged to act if justices rule against ACA
President Obama’s top health care official said that if the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the payment of health insurance subsidies to millions of Americans, it would be up to Congress and the states to devise a solution.
MI: Michigan House passes package of bills to raise B for roads
The money would come from shifting existing funds in the state budget, eliminating a tax credit for the working poor, and raising the state’s tax on diesel fuel and on fees on some vehicle registrations. But House leaders acknowledged it may not be the final package as Michigan needs billion to billion annually to get its roads in good shape.
OR: Oregon Senate backs pump-your-own-gas bill
The Senate has signed off on a plan to allow motorists to pump their own gasoline — but only in rural areas and only at night. Oregon and New Jersey are the only states that don’t let drivers fill up their tanks by themselves.
MD: Even governors get summoned for jury duty
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan reported for jury duty at 8 a.m. Wednesday, walking from the executive residence in Annapolis to the Anne Arundel County Courthouse about a block away. He was initially summoned on Jan. 21, a day when he had a major conflict that he couldn’t reschedule. It was his inauguration day.
LA: Louisiana higher education has million at stake in fight over governor’s ‘no tax’ pledge
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal could reject as much as million worth of tax and fee increases approved by state lawmakers because they don’t include an offset to bring them into line with the governor’s “no tax” pledge. About million of that total is slated for the Louisiana State University system, the University of New Orleans, LSU’s medical school in New Orleans, and other higher education campuses across the state.
DE: Racial diversity down in Delaware state government
Despite a 2009 executive order to recruit and promote people of diverse backgrounds, the percentage of black and Hispanic employees filling managerial positions in Delaware state government has gone down. Meanwhile, the percentage of white managers has increased.
CA: California Senate, Assembly reach budget deal; Showdown with governor looms
At issue are revenue projections for the fiscal year that begins in July. Lawmakers think the state will have about billion more than Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration predicts. And with that extra cash, they want to boost general fund spending by million.
KS: Kansas lawmakers told state budget cuts can trigger federal aid cuts
If Kansas lawmakers fail to pass a tax plan and the governor instead cuts the budget by 6.2 percent, that could trigger cuts to federal aid, the state’s budget director warned. That’s because some federal funds are allocated based on the amount of state funds.
AZ: Arizona agency’s website hacked, still down
A group that calls itself the Middle East Cyber Army hacked into the state Department of Weights and Measures website over the weekend, the second known attack on an Arizona site.
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