After two years of watching proposals for a gas tax increase tank in the legislature, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a new approach: charge major polluters for the right to emit carbon.
Internal reports, emails, audits and interviews show relief aid for New Mexico communities affected by fires and flooding was slowed by dysfunction within the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.
The nursing home death last week, which was ruled a homicide, underscores the vulnerability of frail nursing home residents in New York state, where rates of substandard care, neglect and abuse are high, according to national studies.
Democratic Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo has reached outside Rhode Island to name a key new leader in her administration—Stefan Pryor, currently Connecticut’s commissioner of education—as the state’s first commerce secretary.
State lawmakers, the oil and gas industry and national environmental groups are asking deep questions about Denton, home to two universities, 277 gas wells and, now, thanks to a rag-tag group of local activists, Texas’ first ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The state Supreme Court ruled Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has the power to withhold the release of certain Obamacare documents because of executive privilege, but that power is not absolute.
In the wake of the largest ever jury verdict last week against the state division charged with protecting 8,000-plus foster children, the Oregon Department of Human Services is refusing to answer any questions about what happened.
A legislative audit found that unemployed workers in Wisconsin had more than 3 million calls for help blocked or dropped by the state in the past three years.
A bill banning college student athletes from forming unions is on its way to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder after receiving final passage in the Michigan Senate.
The Wichita City Council wants the state legislature to approve letting illegal immigrants obtain driver’s permits for the purpose of buying car insurance.
The price tag for retiree health care in California was $458 million in the 2002 fiscal year and is expected to be $1.8 billion in the current fiscal year.
The surplus has been welcome news, but some lawmakers believe they must send a message to special interest groups and state agencies that pet projects aren’t guaranteed money.
A departing state lawmaker who pushed for tougher security measures inside the state capitol building, including tighter restrictions on guns, offered a harsh assessment of the special committee designed to address those sensitive topics.