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  • November 19, 2014

TX: Texas border enforcement surge could continue through August


The surge of state law enforcement on Texas’ southern border will continue through August if an $86 million request made by the state’s top leaders is approved next month by budget writers.

NY: New York Assembly speaker urges using surplus for infrastructure


As Albany buzzes about a potential pay raise for lawmakers, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has another item to add to the agenda of any pre-holiday legislative session: an infrastructure investment package using funds from a state surplus that has swelled to more than $5 billion.

OH: Ohio House to vote on whether to kill minimum pay scale for teachers


The bill would kill the state's minimum pay scale for teachers in a move some members hope will let school districts create new or merit-based pay plans.

WV: Lawmakers consider voluntary retirement plan for West Virginia workers


West Virginia lawmakers are considering legislation to allow private-sector employees to voluntarily contribute a portion of their paychecks as a way for workers who don't have retirement plans through their jobs to save for their futures.

OR: Oregon women, minorities less likely to earn living wage


By several measures, large swaths of full-time workers in Oregon don't earn enough to support themselves or a family, according to a new study.

KY: Groups allege thousands of mining violations, lax Kentucky enforcement


Kentucky environmental advocates accused state regulators of lax enforcement of water quality rules, while putting a mining company on notice they intend to sue over claims of thousands of false pollution reports during the last year.

MD: Maryland health exchange allows the general public early access


The Maryland health exchange website staged a staggered opening Monday to ease the revamped website into use two days before its scheduled launch, and it’s working “unbelievably well," the state health secretary said.

LA: Laid-off New Orleans teachers return to court


Attorneys for New Orleans teachers and other public school workers who lost their jobs in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have asked Louisiana's Supreme Court to take another look at their lawsuit. The court rejected their case in a 5-2 decision last month.

TN: 99 charged with cashing fake state checks


At least 50 of 99 suspects are in custody on forgery and identity theft charges. Each check was about $300 and totaled $41,208.Tennessee never lost any money, because the Federal Reserve stopped payment.

SC: Federal appeals court denies South Carolina effort to block gay marriage


A federal appeals court has denied the state attorney general's request for an emergency stay that would have halted gay marriages in South Carolina.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

WI: Wisconsin looking at toll roads, fees based on miles driven


Wisconsin transportation officials are considering a plan that would gather odometer readings to review whether the state should create a new fee based on the number of miles people drive.

NV: With $100 million in IT contracts, Nevada joins states leaning on private sector


Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state’s Board of Examiners last week approved up to $100 million in 20 information technology contracts, joining a growing trend in state government: hiring the private sector to do public sector IT work.

FL: Advocates to push again for Florida Medicaid expansion


Groups are armed with new estimates that show 918,000 Floridians fall in the so-called coverage gap, including 331,000 young adults and perhaps 200,000 Hispanic residents.