Top State Stories 6/19
AK: Climate crisis may force Alaskans to move
The climate crisis is accelerating the erosion of land in Western Alaska, forcing several villages to consider moving. In Quinhagak, a village on the Bering Sea, erosion threatens the water treatment plant, the sewer system, the airstrip, the laundromat and the health clinic.
NJ: New Jersey governor won’t rule out government shutdown in clash over ‘millionaire’s tax’
As lawmakers prepare to send Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy a state budget that doesn’t include it, he continued to push for a “millionaire’s tax.” With two weeks remaining before the budget deadline, Murphy wouldn’t rule out a government shutdown.
CT: Connecticut governor signs bill increasing protections for undocumented immigrants
With President Donald Trump threatening mass immigration arrests, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, signed legislation that restricts cooperation between state law enforcement and federal immigration agents.
OR: Oregon advances cap-and-trade bill
The bill — the highest policy priority remaining for Oregon Democrats this session — would create a cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, manufacturing and utilities. Oregon would be the second state after California to enact such a policy.
FL: Sheriff fights suspension from Florida Senate
Attorneys for suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel blamed Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for a “brutal, political ploy” before a Florida Senate magistrate, saying that DeSantis overstepped his authority by suspending Israel from office.
TN: Tennessee to help counter ‘child care deserts’
The Tennessee Department of Human Services is increasing its subsidies to child care providers to help operators serve children in so-called child care deserts.
KS: Kansas faces future budget woes even with revenue surplus
The Kansas budget woes that followed former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s notorious tax-cutting experiment aren’t a thing of the past. Now, problems have arisen on the spending side of Kansas’ ledger. Projections show that spending will outpace revenue in fiscal 2020.
LA: Louisiana governor signs B budget; touts teacher raises
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Louisiana’s billion operating budget at a Baton Rouge elementary school where he hailed the first statewide raise for public school teachers in a decade.
OH: Ohio to receive disaster relief
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the state will be receiving federal assistance following a series of Memorial Day tornadoes. A preliminary damage assessment identified 942 homes and buildings that were either destroyed or significantly damaged.
VA: Hurricane hit could cost Virginia B
A hurricane strike on Virginia’s Hampton Roads beaches could cause nearly billion in damage, a new study says. Infrastructure and military base damage could make the tab even higher.
MA: Massachusetts governor touts climate resiliency bill
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker promoted his plan to sharply increase taxes on real estate transfers to generate billion for Massachusetts cities and towns to confront the climate crisis. Baker’s proposal would raise the tax on real estate transfers by half.
NV: Nevada colleges directed to make up funding shortfall for pay raises
The Nevada Board of Regents is asking college presidents to find a combined .4 million in their budgets to cover a funding shortfall and provide employees a full 3% cost of living raise. Because of an accounting error, the legislature allocated the Nevada System of Higher Education only enough money to cover a 2.4% increase.
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