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  • July 02, 2014
  • By Stateline Staff

PA: Budget stalled, Pa. lawmakers debate cigarette tax, pension changes

www.philly.com

Without a signed budget, lawmakers are still battling over proposals to change the state pension system and enact a cigarette tax that could help fund Philadelphia schools.

 

NY: New York legislator accused of lying to F.B.I.

www.nytimes.com

The second-highest-ranking Republican in the State Senate, a close ally of Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was indicted on Tuesday along with his son on charges that the senator lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that his son obstructed a tax investigation and filed false tax returns.

 

TX: Dallas-Fort Worth adds most metro jobs in May

bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com

The Dallas-Fort Worth area’s job growth in May continued to accelerate, surpassing the Los Angeles area into the No. 1 spot nationwide.  The area added 113,100 jobs between May 2013 and May 2014, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

IL: Quinn signs same-day voter registration bill

www.chicagotribune.com

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a measure allowing Illinois residents to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day this fall.

 

NM: Ex-New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson named CEO of Nevada-based marijuana company

www.lasvegassun.com

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has been named the CEO of a Nevada-based company that hopes to make medical and recreational marijuana products.

 

MA: Budget depends on $75 million in iffy casino revenue

www.boston.com

The Massachusetts state budget approved by legislators relies on about $75 million in revenue from the new casinos and slot parlor, the same casinos and slot parlor that may not exist depending on a coming repeal vote.

 

TX: 1st bill reacting to West blast meets GOP pushback

www.chron.com

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception from Republicans who said the proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.

 

DE: Legislature OKs casino bailout as session ends

www.delawareonline.com

Lawmakers passed a $9.9 million measure to bail out the state’s three casinos, bringing the year’s six-month legislative session to a close.

 

KS: Kansas not interested in a truce in business border war

cjonline.com

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George says the state has no plans to follow Missouri’s offer of a truce over the fierce competition for businesses in the Kansas City area.

 

KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage; Governor to appeal

www.kentucky.com

A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, though the ruling was temporarily put on hold and it was not immediately clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses.

 

CA: Teachers’ checks shrink a bit as California tackles pension shortfall

www.latimes.com

The plan phases in higher contributions from employees, schools and the state over the next several years. If successful, the $74 billion shortfall in the teacher retirement system, the second largest public pension fund in the country, will be erased in three decades.

 

FL: Tax records suggest Crist, Scott lag in charitable giving

www.miamiherald.com

Documents suggest both gubernatorial candidates are philanthropic laggards in comparison with their well-heeled peers. The returns show no giving from Democrat Charlie Crist in recent years, and declining charity from Republican Rick Scott.

 

SD: Democrats can’t fill fall ballot

www.argusleader.com

South Dakota Democrats were unable to come up with candidates for three statewide races this fall.

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