A 10-cents-a-gallon gasoline tax increase that took effect March 1 will result in $700 million in spending on state and interstate highway projects, and $200 million in local repairs annually.
Maryland’s legislature passed a number of bills aimed at helping ex-offenders turn their lives around, including restoring full voting rights for ex-felons while still on parole and providing more opportunity to expunge criminal records.
The Wisconsin Legislature's joint finance committee voted unanimously to limit the ability of police departments in the state to acquire and use military vehicles and equipment.
Some people waited overnight for help in an annual charity event in Centerville, Tennessee, over the weekend as legislation that could expand Medicaid to 280,000 state residents has been struck down by Senate committees and ignored by House committees.
Talk of shipping water from the Great Lakes to the American Southwest to solve a rising water crisis is largely that. Aside from the astronomical expense, states and Canadian provinces around the lakes have come together over the last decade to form protections.
Ohio’s motion-picture tax credit has lured a number of high-profile movie productions to Cleveland. Now, a Cleveland-area lawmaker is proposing a 25-percent tax credit to try to do the same for music.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable arm of former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is going to spend $42 million aimed at helping 100 mid-size cities make better use of data and evidence in their policymaking.
Five health advocacy organizations — including the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association — have rallied behind a bill to raise Louisiana’s cigarette tax from 36 cents per pack to $1.54 per pack, the national average. Lawmakers are looking to raise new money to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole.
A debate over California’s constitutionally guaranteed access to an education has surfaced in the most contentious legislative battle this year: Does one student’s right to an education trump another student’s right to stay healthy?
Delaware's attorney general has unveiled a series of bills aimed at protecting online privacy, including one that would bar companies from marketing alcohol and tobacco to children online.
The bill, which would pre-empt local efforts to regulate a wide variety of oil and gas activities, is the most prominent of a flurry of measures filed in response to Denton’s vote in November to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits.
This is the four straight session in which the Legislature has considered requiring insurance companies to help pay for treatment.
Acknowledging that Portland's poorest residents have dwindling options to live in good neighborhoods, local housing officials have hatched a plan to open 500 units in so-called "opportunity" areas.