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  • March 19, 2015

SC: Boeing reaps $13 billion in state, local tax breaks; Tops in the nation

postandcourier.com

Boeing is the biggest winner of state and local tax incentives, receiving more than $13 billion of them, according to a nonprofit watchdog group that tracks the subsidies. The subsidies come primarily from two states: South Carolina and Washington.

CT: Former Conn. Gov. Rowland sentenced in campaign fraud case

courant.com

John Rowland, Connecticut's brash ex-governor turned radio commentator, was sentenced to prison for the second time in 10 years for political crimes on Wednesday, this time for 30 months. U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton said the former Republican governor showed a striking disregard for clean election laws.

TX: Texas Senate passes bill to let high school seniors bypass exams

texastribune.org

The Texas Senate approved a bill that would allow panels of educators, counselors and parents weigh factors like grades, college entrance exam scores and attendance to decide whether a student should graduate despite poor performance on standardized exams. The measure is aimed at the 28,000 seniors from the class of 2015 who have not passed one or more of the tests.

CA: California’s Brown to offer $1-billion emergency drought plan

latimes.com

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will unveil a $1-billion relief plan. The move comes amid growing concern about dry conditions in a state suffering its fourth consecutive year of drought.

KY: Kentucky’s gasoline tax to drop as oil prices fall

courier-journal.com

The state’s gasoline tax rate will drop by more than a nickel a gallon to 22.5 cents next month. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local highway revenue. Kentucky’s gas tax is tied to the wholesale price of gasoline and adjusted each quarter.

NV: Committee passes bill allowing guns on Nevada college campuses

lasvegassun.com

The Assembly Judiciary Committee sent three gun bills to the floor for a vote, including one allowing people with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on college campuses in Nevada.

GA: State colleges cut tuition to nearby out-of-state students

ajc.com

Students in neighboring states could soon attend some Georgia colleges at much cheaper in-state tuition rates under a plan being implemented by the state’s University System.

LA: Jindal pitches new plan to rid Louisiana of Common Core

theadvocate.com

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said he will back three anti-Common Core bills to advance his goal of getting Louisiana to drop the educational standards. Jindal, a former backer of the standards, has become a national critic of the overhaul in reading, writing and math.

NJ: Tesla can sell cars directly in New Jersey again

northjersey.com

Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation that allows Tesla Motors to go back to selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in New Jersey. The car maker had been barred from selling cars in New Jersey for the past year by a Motor Vehicle Commission rule.

VT: House committee votes to support banning teacher strikes

burlingtonfreepress.com

The House Education Committee voted to support a ban on strikes by teachers. The vote came five months after teachers walked off the job for a week in the Vermont school district that offers the best teachers’ pay.

WV: W.Va. colleges need $50 million a year for maintenance

wvgazette.com

West Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities need $50 million of annual spending on deferred maintenance to not to fall further behind in needed repairs, a new report says. It’s an investment level they didn’t meet last year.

WI: Wisconsin Senate passes bill to ban microbeads

wpr.org

The Wisconsin Senate has approved a measure that would eventually ban the sale of products containing plastic microbeads. The particles have been found to pollute water systems.

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