Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal would add a new 6.5 percent tax on gas at the wholesale level, which would likely be passed on to motorists at the gas pump, and boost license tab fees, with a separate sales tax increase in the Twin Cities, mostly for increased bus services.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to wipe out a projected shortfall of about $800 million next year included an across-the-board 2 percent reduction in state agency spending, which Maryland’s legislative analyst called “a very dangerous, in my estimation, approach to budgeting.”
Fellow members of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s majority Democratic Party said he should resign as he fights federal corruption charges.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay three pending executions until the high court completes its review of the state’s lethal injection protocol.
A state auditor found that Missouri’s fleet of 19 aircraft, operated by the Highway Patrol and the conservation and transportation departments, was larger than necessary.
At least 22 Republicans in the House and Senate are sponsoring the bill to repeal the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act that created the state’s health insurance marketplace. The Democratic-led House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee is scheduled to consider the bill later this week.
A House leader says Arkansas lawmakers are looking at changing Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's tax cut package to restore part of a $21 million capital gains tax reduction that would otherwise be repealed.
The state Supreme Court has rejected a request to rehear a landmark ruling in a 21-year-old case that faulted the legislature and school districts for failing to provide a basic education for students in South Carolina’s impoverished rural areas.
The bill would add e-cigarettes to the list of tobacco products regulated in the state, which already forbids smoking in workplaces, restaurants, bars and other places. It would also ramp up penalties for selling e-cigarettes to minors.
The dramatic increase in both the number and magnitude of earthquakes in south-central Kansas correlates to increased oil production activity, but not directly to the controversial extraction process known as fracking, scientists said.
The Tennessee General Assembly last year passed a law that legalized strains of low-THC varieties of cannabis, as well as the measure to start a licensing program.
The U.S. Supreme Court says a lower court must reconsider whether Native Americans in Alabama prisons can have longer hair.
State subsidies from West Virginia casinos account for nearly all the revenue produced by greyhound racing in the state and could be better spent elsewhere, a new study says.