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VA: Virginia reaches milestone in ending veteran homelessness
Virginia is the first state to meet the federal definition of effectively ending the problem of homelessness among military veterans. The federal designation means the state has no homeless veterans with the exception of those who have been offered housing but don’t want it.
NY: New York governor to create $15 minimum wage for state workers
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to unilaterally create a $15 minimum wage for all state workers, making New York the first state to set such a high wage for its public employees.
US: Lawmakers meet in Utah to draw blueprint for constitutional convention
About 100 bipartisan legislators from 30 states will be in Utah this week attempting to adopt rules and procedures in the event that 34 states demand a constitutional convention to add amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
CA: University of California to expand resident enrollment
After being criticized for admitting more high-paying out-of-state students at the expense of California high schoolers, the University of California is on the verge of committing to a three-year plan that would expand resident enrollment by 10,000 undergraduates.
FL: State senator proposes big pay increase for Florida lawmakers
Sen. Arthenia Joyner, the highest ranking Democrat in the Florida Legislature, has proposed raising most state lawmakers’ pay 68 percent to $50,000 a year. She says the pay increase is an effort to get more working-class Floridians to run for office.
MT: 5,500 Montanans sign up in Medicaid expansion’s first week
Montana officials say about 5,500 people have signed up for Medicaid in the first week of expanded eligibility. An estimated 70,000 people are eligible now that Medicaid has been expanded to people who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
OH: Ohio school boards want to prevent bad charter schools from advertising
Local school boards in Ohio want the state to ban charter schools with bad grades or finances from advertising for students. They also want to require all charter schools in the state to list details about their students’ performance.
CO: Colorado sheriffs ask President Obama not to send Guantanamo inmates
A group of 41 sheriffs asked President Obama not to send inmates housed at Guantanamo Bay to Fremont County prisons. U.S. Department of Defense officials visited the Colorado county’s prisons last month as they weighed where to move the prisoners. A decision could come this week.
CT: Connecticut pension split would be first in nation
Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed splitting Connecticut’s state-employee pension system into two: an unfunded system for state employees hired before 1984 and a separate fund for those hired after 1984.
WV: West Virginia ruling could clarify the rights of criminal defendants
The West Virginia Supreme Court said a man could withdraw a 2002 guilty plea for a robbery and rape because prosecutors withheld DNA testing results suggesting that he was probably innocent. The ruling provides the clearest decision yet on what has been an ambiguous question about the constitutional rights of criminal defendants.
TX: University of Texas professors: Ban guns or we could sue
Gun-Free UT, a group largely comprised of professors who oppose Texas’ new campus carry law, wants University of Texas administrators to ban guns in classrooms and in other campus buildings, such as dorms and offices. University leaders are still considering how to implement campus carry.
KS: Kansas battles pay-related turnover of prison staff
Employee turnover at Kansas prisons has increased over the past five years, and the state’s corrections secretary and legislators say that officers’ pay must rise if the state hopes to end a problem that’s now seen as a threat to public safety.
ND: Former North Dakota governor named interim UND president
Former Republican Gov. Ed Schafer was selected interim president of University of North Dakota, taking over the high profile role as the school works to transition away from the controversial “Fighting Sioux” nickname.
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