Layoff notices are going out to 10,000 state employees as the Alaska Legislature remains gridlocked on financing a new state budget that’s supposed to take effect July 1. Without a budget, most of state government will shut down.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Idaho's laws restricting abortions after 20 weeks and requiring all second-trimester abortions to take place in a hospital are unconstitutional. A unanimous three-judge panel said that the ban on abortions after 20 weeks restricted abortions of a non-viable fetus.
Connecticut legislators are to vote on a tentative deal with Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy on a two-year, $40 billion budget that hikes corporate taxes, raises the personal income tax on the wealthy and legalizes Keno gambling.
The state’s failure to ensure that roughly 500 unsafe earthen dams in Ohio are repaired puts thousands of people downstream at risk of flooding.
The Texas Education Agency reported that 72 percent of the 23,245 students who were in jeopardy of not graduating this spring have now made the grade thanks to state lawmakers and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Only 6,459 seniors — 2.2 percent of the senior class — will not receive a diploma because they failed three or more of the state exams.
Seeking to break a legislative logjam over Kansas' $400 million budget deficit, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback offered a plan to increase state sales taxes while eliminating income taxes for the lowest-income taxpayers.
A surprise inspection found the state is routinely ignoring employer challenges and other red flags, and has paid out as much as $98 million in bogus unemployment claims in the last six years.
Seven out of every 10 minimum-wage workers in Maine are women, placing the state among the highest for gender inequality for low-wage workers, according to a recent study. Louisiana has the largest share of female minimum-wage workers at roughly 80 percent.
Thousands of child care slots would be added in California and reimbursement rates would rise under new legislative proposals. They also would allow tens of thousands of home-based child care providers to unionize, the largest collective bargaining expansion for a service with state funding since 1999.
The cost of court-ordered cost-of-living adjustments for public pensioners could reach $345 million starting in 2017. The state Supreme Court in April overturned some of the legislature's cost savings, including cost of living adjustments for those who retired before the legislation passed in 2013.
Some South Dakota parents are refusing to allow their children to take new math and reading exams required by the state, saying it interferes with their rights.
Senators sent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a measure that would ban so-called conversion therapy on minors in Illinois. It’s a controversial practice that’s supposed to change a person's sexual orientation from gay to straight.