Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered most North Dakota state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to help cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed on slumping oil and farm commodity prices.
Governors or lawmakers in Illinois, Michigan, Arkansas, Nevada, Wisconsin, Georgia and Ohio are taking over struggling urban schools displaying chronic academic or financial failure in their states.
Facing a nearly $1 billion budget hole, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin proposed a 6-percent cut for most Oklahoma state agencies and the elimination of some of the $8 billion in annual sales tax exemptions, as well as shortened prison sentences, higher taxes on cigarettes and a $3,000-a-year pay hike for all teachers.
After a series of drenching storms, California officials will decide whether to extend emergency conservation orders to use 25 percent less water.
A proposal in the Nebraska Legislature would drop the minimum age to serve alcohol to 16, so long as the server takes state-approved training.
The lawmakers say they want to create a small matching-funds program for middle-income and poor families who use Maryland’s 529 College Saving Plans.
Kansas revenue fell $6.8 million below expectations in January, continuing an almost uninterrupted streak during the past several months of worse-than-expected collections for a state struggling to keep its budget balanced. Not meeting expectations: Sales and severance tax receipts.
Voters can submit their registration form online, but registration will require a valid Alabama driver’s license or state-issued photo ID. Photo ID isn’t required to register in person or when mailing in a paper registration form, but is required when voting.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has sent a letter to Michigan state employees, telling them that the health crisis caused by lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water must never happen again.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo announced she set aside $500,000 in her proposed budget to provide free SAT and PSAT tests to all students in Rhode Island. She said fewer than 60 percent of students take the college prep exams and that number isn’t good enough.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other supporters of legislation to entice the Washington Redskins to Virginia with help building a new stadium have decided not to submit a bill to do so this year.
In the wake of recent fatal buggy crashes in Wisconsin, a lawmaker hopes Amish communities will be open to new rules that would require greater safety features on buggies, such as battery-powered lights.