Alayna Alvarez

Alayna Alvarez is the editorial assistant for Stateline. She has worked as a staff writer for Oceana, and as a reporter for the Victoria Advocate.

These States Are Not So Chill About Air Conditioners’ HFCs

By: - April 22, 2019

Editor’s note: Because of incorrect information provided by the California Air Resources Board, an earlier version of this article misstated the proposed deadline for phasing out HFCs. The correct date is 2023.  As summer scorchers draw closer, more Americans will be cranking up their air conditioners, desperate for swaths of cool air. But the comfort […]

More Babies Are Being Born With Syphilis. Blame Meth and Opioids.

By: - February 26, 2019

Read more Stateline coverage of the opioid crisis. Editor’s note: This article was updated Feb. 26 to show that 18 states, including Michigan, have screening requirements in a woman’s third trimester for all pregnancies or for those considered at high risk of infection. Some of the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic and a related […]

How the Census Will Reach the New Urban Millennials

By: and - February 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau has a problem that some parents of millennials will recognize: These adults often don’t call. They don’t write. If you want to reach them, you have to use social media. The 2010 way — mailing a paper form with a follow-up knock on the door or call to a […]

As More Cities Push for Paid Sick Leave, States Push Back

By: - September 24, 2018

A split is growing between cities that want to require private companies to give workers paid sick days and states that are determined to stop them. In the last three years, a dozen states have banned localities from passing paid leave requirements, more than doubling to 22 the states that now outlaw such local ordinances. […]

What Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court Could Mean for States’ Rights

By: and - July 11, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s rulings on federal regulatory power, and his approach to the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, provide the best hints of how he might rule on cases involving states’ rights. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump Monday to take the seat being vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh clerked under […]