In an attempt to position Michigan as the center of research for autonomous vehicles, the Legislature gave final approval to a package of four bills that allows for the testing of driverless cars in the state.
Chicagoans and other residents of Cook County, Illinois, will see soft-drink prices rise after county officials approved a new tax on sugary beverages aimed at addressing health issues linked to sugar consumption and trimming a budget shortfall.
Voters in New Orleans, Honolulu, Miami and San Francisco passed plans to bolster existing civilian oversight programs. In Oakland, California, voters created a civilian-run commission to investigate problems within the police department. Denver voters added provisions to the city charter to protect the existing independent monitor system.
New forecasts show Kansas facing a revenue shortfall of nearly $350 million this budget year and $583 million more in the next. And that does not include any additional spending the Kansas Supreme Court may order to resolve an ongoing school finance lawsuit.
Two Portland residents have submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from the U.S., and they might like to have other states join them.
Alaskans who sign up to receive their annual payouts from the state’s oil wealth trust will also automatically be added to the state's voter rolls, under a referendum approved by voters. Alaska is the sixth state to approve some form of automatic voter registration.
Oklahoma reported tax collections from oil and natural gas production in October at $35.1 million, an 8.9 percent increase from the same month last year. The improvement marks a first for the shale-rich state in almost two years.
Virginia residents can now get free drug disposal kits to destroy unwanted, expired or unused medications.
Ohio lawmakers open a lame-duck session next week to deal with reinstating renewable energy standards, shoring up the state's unemployment compensation fund, and raising pay for themselves and state workers.
Tennessee has recovered just $5.3 million, or 2.6 percent, of a $200 million program that allows select private venture funds to invest state dollars into Tennessee startup companies.
Louisiana's $315 million budget deficit from last year was mainly driven by continuing dips in employment that are hammering personal income and business tax collections, the Legislature's chief economist said.
With the largest legislative majority they’ve had in decades, Wisconsin Republicans could put more money toward schools and colleges, introduce new tax cuts and look at getting rid of requiring minimum salaries for workers who build roads or government buildings.