What We're Reading: Top State Stories 2/6

  • February 06, 2017

KS: Kansas Senate to move quickly on bill that would repeal tax cuts

ljworld.com

Facing steep budget shortfalls, Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate plan to quickly try to repeal income tax cuts and raise rates. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has said he opposes any reversal of the controversial cuts that he championed in 2012.

MN: Minnesota governor seeks tuition help for college students

duluthnewstribune.com

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is asking for a $62 million boost to the Minnesota State Grant program, which provides tuition and fee help for low- and moderate-income college students. More than 80,000 students receive grants.

MO: Governor’s proposal would slash aid for 20,000 elderly, disabled Missourians

missourinet.com

Tougher eligibility requirements would boot about 20,000 elderly and disabled Missourians from state aid for in-home and nursing home care under Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed state budget. About 60,000 Missourians currently receive state aid for such services.

WI: Wisconsin governor proposes $649 million more for state schools

jsonline.com

Two years after Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed cutting K-12 funding, he is moving sharply in the opposite direction by proposing a half-billion dollar bump in broad state school aid — enough for $200 per pupil increases in each of the next two years.

NY: No tackling? New York lawmaker seeks ultimate answer to football hits

ap.org

Growing evidence of a link between football hits and brain injuries has led all 50 states to pass laws aimed at protecting young people from concussions. But a New York lawmaker wants to go even further — by banning tackle football.

CA: California considers an end to bail

sacbee.com

The median bail amount in California is $50,000, five times the national average, and it’s prompting lawmakers to rethink the practice.

US: FCC backs away from capping cost of calls from prison

washingtonpost.com

The Federal Communications Commission no longer is pressing to cut the costs of most prison phone calls, backing away from a yearslong effort to limit charges imposed by private companies on inmates and their families.

SC: Legislators consider taxing South Carolina drivers $60 more a year for gasoline

thestate.com

House budget writers are considering raising South Carolina’s 16.75 cents-a-gallon gasoline tax by a dime and increasing other driving fees to improve and maintain the state’s roads. If approved the tax hike would cost drives about $60 more a year.

AR: Filing would put Arkansas voter ID amendment before public

arkansasonline.com

Arkansas Republicans, concerned that enacting a law will not be enough to require voters to provide photo identifications before casting ballots, are working to refer a constitutional amendment to the voters that would impose the requirements.

WV: West Virginia tax revenue arrives short of estimates for January

wvgazettemail.com

Tax receipts for January fell $18 million short of projections, exacerbating West Virginia’s financial woes. The state’s budget shortfall is about $500 million.

WA: Washington bills aim to reduce risk of oil spills

theolympian.com

With more crude oil expected to move through Washington state, some lawmakers want to toughen rules around oil transportation and raise more money for spill prevention and response efforts.

KY: Child abuse and neglect up 55 percent in Kentucky since 2012

kentucky.com

The number of substantiated child abuse and neglect findings in Kentucky has steadily risen from 9,934 in 2012 to 15,378 last year. At least 334 children in those cases died or nearly died from mistreatment.

FL: Without state tax incentives, South Florida film and TV industry falters

miamiherald.com

Florida lawmakers have repeatedly voted not to renew film tax credits, leaving the state unable to compete with Georgia, Louisiana, California and other states that have such incentives.

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