What We're Reading: Top State Stories 2/27

  • February 27, 2017

US: New warning for governors on repeal of the Affordable Care Act

ap.org

A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage.

CA: California governor announces $450 million flood protection plan

sacbee.com

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to accelerate state spending to reduce flood risks following the failure of the spillways at Oroville dam in northern California earlier this month that prompted the evacuation of 188,000 people.

NC, NY: New York, North Carolina: When should teens be tried as an adult?

nytimes.com

North Carolina and New York are the last two states that still prosecute all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in criminal court and house many in adult facilities. But changes may be coming, as both states are considering bills to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18.

VA: Virginia Legislature approves budget that closes $1.2 billion hole

washingtonpost.com

Before adjourning, lawmakers voted for a budget that covers the shortfall and provides raises for Virginia state employees, troopers and teachers, and boosts funding for K-12 education.

US: As traffic deaths soar, cities pursue lower speed limits

washingtonpost.com

Many cities, including Boston, New York, Seattle and some in the Washington, D.C., area are lowering speed limits and creating slow-driving zones in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic as part of a “Vision Zero” program aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

WV: West Virginia governor seeks authority to furlough state employees

wvgazettemail.com

Democratic Gov. Jim Justice said he will ask lawmakers to let him force state employees to take unpaid days off in response to the West Virginia budget crisis. The state faces more than a $200 million shortfall at the end of the budget year.

WI: Wisconsin budget bucks national trend, cuts farm-to-school coordinator

lacrossetribune.com

Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget would cut funding for a program that brings locally grown food into public schools, reversing a trend the state helped pioneer eight years ago. In 2009, Wisconsin was one of the first to create a statewide farm-to-school program coordinator.

UT: Utah Senate poised to approve pornography lawsuit legislation

sltrib.com

Utah senators gave unanimous preliminary approval to a bill that would lay the groundwork for Utah youngsters or their parents to sue pornography distributors.

OK: Oklahoma legislators weigh changes to alcohol taxes, Sunday sales

newsok.com

A bill that would let counties vote on Sunday sales at liquor stores and another that would raise excise taxes on beer, wine and spirits are among the flurry of alcohol-related measures under consideration at the Oklahoma Legislature this year.

KY: Kentucky letting more overweight trucks hit the road

kentucky.com

Despite warnings about wrecks and shattered pavement, Kentucky’s General Assembly continues to add more categories of trucks that are authorized to exceed the 80,000-pound weight limit on state highways.

HI: Hawaii lawmakers consider limiting solitary confinement

civilbeat.org

A Senate bill would restrict segregated confinement to Hawaii’s inmates found guilty of violent crimes, sought to escape or pose a threat to prison safety.

GA: Georgia House supports tax credits for video game companies

myajc.com

Entertainment companies that develop films and video games and complete postproduction work in Georgia could be eligible for tax credits under legislation passed by the House.

FL: Florida's state workforce keeps shrinking

tampabay.com

Florida has the fewest full-time state workers in proportion to its population of any state, according to a state report that also found women greatly outnumber men in the state workforce but men make more money on average across the board.

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