What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/6

  • July 06, 2016

NH: New Hampshire residents newly eligible for addiction treatment under Medicaid

unionleader.com

Some 140,000 Medicaid recipients became newly eligible for addiction recovery services last week under revisions to New Hampshire’s Medicaid practices, approved by the governor and Legislature.

CO: Colorado Supreme Court spikes ballot initiative aimed at legislative, congressional districts

denverpost.com

A ballot initiative that would have created a bipartisan commission to draw congressional and legislative districts won’t be on the November ballot, after the Colorado Supreme Court voided it in a ruling.

CA: Wildfires burn over 50,000 acres in California

latimes.com

Nearly 3,000 firefighters are battling wildfires across California. Hot, dry weather and a mass die-off of vegetation are expected to continue to fuel large fires.

MI: Governor to appeal return of $550 million to Michigan school workers

freep.com

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder will appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court the ordered return of more than $550 million collected from school employees to fund retiree health care. Snyder's appeal is at odds with several court rulings that say the 2010 law used to collect the money from school employees was unconstitutional.

TN: State university settles sexual assault lawsuit

tennessean.com
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has reached a $2.48 million settlement in a lawsuit about sexual assaults involving student-athletes, ending a dispute that pitted eight young women against the $126 million football program.

PA: Questions remain on Pennsylvania budget

phillynews.com

After failing to enact a state budget on time, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature now find themselves working against a new deadline. The two sides have until midnight Monday to reach consensus on how to pay for the $31.5 billion spending plan that lawmakers sent Wolf last week.

WY: Wyoming’s incarceration rate grows as crime falls

wyomingnews.com

The state is left with two choices: reform criminal sentencing laws or spend nearly $20 million to update and expand prisons.

MS: Tax fears doomed Mississippi highway spending push

mississippitoday.org

Pleas for improvements to the state highway system in Mississippi fell short this year. State legislators approved the last major highway program in 1987.

CT: Connecticut Supreme Court says state can limit towing fees

courant.com

The state Supreme Court said state regulators can limit what tow truck operators charge motorists when police summon them to clear highway accidents. The court rejected arguments from the tow companies that they should be allowed to charge anything they want for preparing the vehicle for towing, while being regulated in the actual towing fee.

TX: Texas announces hundreds of schools receiving pre-K grants

texastribune.org

The state will divvy up $116 million among 578 school districts and charters to bolster high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. The funding will reach nearly half of the state's more than 1,200 school districts and charters. 

AR: Arkansas governor says more tax cuts likely after $177 million surplus

arkansasonline.com

A growing economy contributed to a 4.4 percent net increase in income tax revenue. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he expects to introduce a new round of tax cuts during next year's fiscal session, with an emphasis on income tax reductions.

FL: Florida legislators are wealthier than ever

miamiherald.com

The makeup of the 160 members of the 2016 Florida Legislature, considered a “part-time” lawmaking body where people earn about $30,000 a year, featured at least 55 millionaires — three more than in the prior session, according to newly filed financial-disclosure reports.

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