New York’s pension fund, the third-largest in the U.S., rolled out a $2 billion low-carbon index, to exclude or reduce investment in high-emitting industries such as coal mining.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe called for a reduction in Virginia’s corporate tax rate that he said would save businesses roughly $64 million over two years and put the state in a better position to attract new companies.
An Arkansas circuit judge struck down a portion of the state's execution law that keeps secret the source of drugs it uses, saying drug suppliers do not have a constitutional right to be free from criticism.
A strong state economy helped double Minnesota’s projected budget surplus to $1.9 billion, setting off a new political battle over how to carve up the windfall in an election year. Options include tax cuts and an increase in spending on transportation.
Legislators in the Wisconsin Assembly are pocketing more in travel stipends after a change they said would hold the line on those costs.
The median age of people living in Nebraska but born in another country is 36.5 years, well below the national average of 42.6 years, according to new census data. But the state appears to have a hard time keeping foreign-born retirees, who may be moving to warmer climates or to live closer to family.
Assembly members failed to override Republican Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a gun-control bill that would require notifications to local police if a person who had once been involuntarily committed for psychiatric care wants a judge to erase those records so he or she can buy a gun.
Even after slashing benefits for jobless workers, Ohio’s unemployment trust fund still would fall more than $1 billion short of the minimum amount deemed necessary when a recession hits.
Two women serve in Maryland’s 10-person U.S. congressional delegation. No woman holds one of Maryland’s four statewide executive positions. Of the state’s 10 largest cities, only two, Baltimore and Rockville, have female mayors. And none of the state’s five largest counties has a female executive.
Immigration and the Syrian refugee crisis, violence in churches and schools, and the historic flood that hit South Carolina in October are topics driving the legislative agendas of some state lawmakers.
Under New Mexico’s hate crimes law, prosecutors can seek sentencing enhancements for attacks on minorities, the elderly, the disabled and others that are motivated by prejudice against them because of their race, sexual orientation, disability, gender, age or ancestry.
Several church leaders in Kansas delivered petitions to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, urging him to reverse his Nov. 16 executive order barring the use of public funds to help resettle Syrian refugees in Kansas.
The bill would reduce instructional days from 180 to 175, prohibit classes from starting before Labor Day and require the West Virginia school year to end June 5 to eliminate interference with summer jobs, vacations and festivals.