Top State Stories 10/14

BY: - October 14, 2021

NJ: New Jersey allows nurses, physician assistants to perform abortions New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy approved lifting regulations on abortions that barred them from happening in a doctor’s office beyond 14 weeks of pregnancy and to allow as many as 15,000 nurses, physician assistants and midwives to perform the procedure.  TX: Texas House passes new district map […]

Top State Stories 3/11

BY: - March 11, 2020

State Action on Coronavirus NJ: New Jersey waives testing fees for about 2M residents Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state will waive fees for testing and testing-related services for the coronavirus for about 2 million residents. They include state workers and teachers, people on the state’s health exchange, as well as […]

Top State Stories 2/13

BY: - February 13, 2020

NM: New Mexico Dems pass pension bill A Democratic bill aimed at shoring up New Mexico’s pension fund for about 110,000 state and local government workers and retirees passed the Senate and now heads to the House. The measure responds to concerns about $6.6 billion in unfunded liabilities weighing down the credit rating of […]

Top State Stories 1/29

BY: - January 29, 2020

MD: Maryland lawmakers to reintroduce family leave legislation The expected measure would ensure Maryland workers up to 12 weeks of partial wage replacement, between $50 and $1,000 a week. It would be financed through a payroll tax shared equally by the worker and employer, which would be capped at 0.5%. OH: Ohio colleges could […]

Seniors’ Sweet Tax Breaks Have Become a Target

BY: - January 17, 2020

Editor’s note: This story was updated to include news from Maryland. As Americans begin the challenge of filling out their tax returns this year, one taxpayer demographic generally pays less than others: senior citizens. Tax breaks for seniors cost states approximately $27 billion a year and will more than double in the next decade, according to […]

Top State Stories 1/17

BY: - January 17, 2020

FL: Florida court sides with governor on convict fees The Florida Supreme Court ruled it is fair that convicted felons in Florida must pay off all fines and fees before having their right to vote restored, siding with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican legislature.  NM: New Mexico gets its first arrest based […]

Top State Stories 10/14

BY: - October 14, 2019

OR: Oregon issues six-month ban on flavored vape products Oregon regulators enacted a six-month ban on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vape products amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened nearly 1,300 people nationwide. AR: The Medicaid experiment in Arkansas: Thousands lost coverage, few gained jobs More than 18,000 people […]

Top State Stories 9/23

BY: - September 23, 2019

CT: Connecticut governor tells lawmakers: ‘Don’t even think about’ spending budget surplus Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, used his routine monthly budget forecast to send an unconventional message to the General Assembly: Please put requests to restore spending or repeal tax hikes on hold. The budget surplus is estimated at $84.3 million, down […]

Top State Stories 9/9

BY: - September 9, 2019

OK: Oklahoma pension fund reports .2M cyber theft The FBI is investigating a cybertheft of $4.2 million from the state’s pension fund for retired Oklahoma highway troopers, state agents, park rangers and other law enforcement officers. The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System posted an announcement online about the investigation 10 days after the money […]

Top State Stories 8/28

BY: - August 28, 2019

MO: Federal judge pauses Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban A federal judge temporarily blocked part of Missouri’s new abortion law, pausing prohibitions against abortion based on gestational age, but letting stand the provision barring the procedure for reasons of sex, race or Down Syndrome diagnosis. OH: Ohio AG may take over local opioid lawsuits […]

Top State Stories 8/12

BY: - August 12, 2019

MN: Minnesota prisons lengthen solitary stays; more inmates sent to ‘the hole’ Minnesota prisons punished trouble-making inmates with solitary confinement a record 8,281 times last year, according to state Department of Corrections data. And that was before the agency earlier this summer significantly increased how much time inmates can spend in “the hole,” from a maximum […]

Top State Stories 7/23

BY: - July 23, 2019

TX: More than 4,900 migrant kids are living in Texas shelters As of July 18, Texas’ 35 state-licensed shelters had permission to accommodate up to 6,286 children. With 4,937 kids living in them, that means they’re at 78% capacity. GA: Plan approved to spend Georgia tax money on rural internet lines Georgia has […]