After vowing to fight back if cities proposed rules that might curtail its home-sharing service, Airbnb has pledged to cooperate with local governments, including sharing data on hosts and guests who use the service and promising to pay its “fair share” of hotel and tourist taxes in cities that have them.
Budget forecasters say South Carolina will have an added $1.2 billion next budget year, setting up a battle between transportation advocates pushing for a gas tax hike and opponents who argue the state doesn’t need to increase taxes to fix its roads.
Winners were picked at random this week for seven deadlocked town council elections across North Carolina. A state law dictates that tie votes in municipal election must be determined “by lot.” County elections officials get to decide how to carry that out.
The Ohio Department of Health has launched an anti-tobacco campaign focused on getting veterans to quit, as their smoking rates are significantly higher than the rest of the state’s population. Ohio's annual bill for health care costs directly attributable to smoking was more than $5.6 billion last year.
NFL owners heard from all three cities—Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis—trying to keep their teams, and recommitted to exhausting “every option” before allowing a team to move to Los Angeles.
A South Dakota task force of legislators and educators is recommending a sales tax hike to help pay for public schools, but only if new money is needed.
Minnesota’s renewed effort to stop child abuse and neglect is straining the foster care system. The number of children placed into foster care has risen dramatically in the past year, and a larger share of them are staying in the system longer.
Despite its car-is-king reputation, Texas has emerged as a hot market for international rail firms betting the state is ripe for a boom in high-speed rail projects. A Dallas-Houston high-speed rail line using Japanese trains is furthest along, but French and Chinese rail interests and local officials are also discussing rail projects.
A Jacksonville businessman is gathering signatures for a petition for a constitutional amendment that would require Florida to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. About 1.1 million Floridians would have gained Medicaid coverage had the state decided to expand the program.
Maine’s attorney general has filed a civil rights lawsuit against an anti-abortion protester who yelled so loudly outside a Portland health facility that his voice could be heard inside. The suit says the man’s yelling violated the civil rights of patients, but his attorney defends it as free speech.
Wisconsin legislators have introduced a rail safety measure after a weekend in which two trains derailed in the state and spilled oil and chemicals.