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  • September 21, 2015

WI: Jobs lacking after big state subsidy of Kohl’s stores in Wisconsin

wisconsinwatch.org

Retail giant Kohl's qualified for up to $62.5 million in Wisconsin taxpayer subsidies, but the company is falling short of creating jobs and making capital investments, an investigation by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has found. 

OH: Attempted income-tax fraud up in Ohio

dispatch.com

Attempted income-tax fraud in Ohio has jumped 260 percent this year as thieves have tried to steal $160 million in refunds, the state reported. How much they have gotten away with is unclear. Last year, thieves got away with $28 million.

CA: School bond measure makes California’s 2016 ballot

sacbee.com

A $9 billion school construction bond has garnered enough signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot. It’s the first school bond measure to be put to California voters since 2006.

CT: Connecticut to chop $103 million in spending to avoid deficit

courant.com

Scared by stock market downturns and low tax revenue projections, Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration announced $103 million in new budget cuts, including $63.4 million in reduced Medicaid payments to hospitals.

MN: Stung by costs, some Minnesota marijuana patients go back to buying on streets

startribune.com

Just two months after Minnesota launched its medical marijuana program, some patients say they are back to buying the drug illegally because it's the only way they can afford it. A small vial of marijuana extract can run nearly $130 in the state, more than double the cost of a similar product in Colorado.

TX: In Texas, hurricane preparations include fuel access

texastribune.org

Many Texans trying to flee Hurricane Rita a decade ago ran out of gas. State officials say that is less likely to happen next time, thanks to a partnership with the petroleum industry designed to ensure that fuel gets where it’s needed during evacuations.

KS: Kansas attorney general steps aside in judicial funding case, urges state Supreme Court to follow suit 

ljworld.com

Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he would recuse his office from handling a lawsuit that threatens to cut off all funding for the Kansas judicial system and called on the Kansas Supreme Court to do the same in a related case.

AK: More than 30 Alaskan villages lack basic plumbing

csmonitor.com

Cash-strapped Alaska is funding a private sector competition it hopes will promote research and development of new, less expensive water and sewer systems. 

LA: Common Core test results likely to be ‘sobering’ for Louisiana

theadvocate.com

The results from Louisiana’s first round of Common Core tests, set for release in early November, will be “sobering,” the state’s education superintendent warned. The results will allow comparisons with 10 states and the District of Columbia, and Louisiana has ranked near the bottom nationally in educational achievement for decades.

WV: West Virginia lobbyists breaking spending records

wvgazettemail.com

Lobbyists’ spending this year at the West Virginia Capitol is continuing at a record-shattering pace, with expenditures passing $600,000 through August.

PA: Pennsylvania schools urged to stock overdose drug

post-gazette.com

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and members of his Cabinet are recommending public schools begin stocking naloxone, a drug that can quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

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