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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/10

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/10

NY: New York AG aims to protect unaccompanied migrants

timesunion.com

The federal government is denying permanent residence applications for unaccompanied immigrant youths based on a misinterpretation of state law, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood argued in a brief filed in federal court.

CT: Connecticut law bars Trump insurance plans, official says

ctmirror.org

The Connecticut Insurance Department has determined state law prohibits the sale of skimpy “short term” plans that are being promoted by President Donald Trump as a cheaper alternative to Affordable Care Act coverage. A review of the new Trump administration rules for short-term plans require any of these policies sold in the state to cover the ACA’s comprehensive “essential health benefits.”

WI: Wisconsin AG calls on agencies to reduce fees for open records requests

madison.com

Wisconsin’s attorney general wants local and state government agencies to more accurately reflect the costs of fulfilling open records requests, saying they cannot make a profit when charging requesters for documents. The state’s office of transparency said it had seen a “noticeable and concerning increase in inquiries pertaining to high cost.”

PA: Pennsylvania AG launches consumer scam alerts

pennlive.com

Pennsylvania consumers can now be alerted about potential scams via text. Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced his Bureau of Consumer Protection launched the new text alert system.

CO: Full-day preschool, kindergarten initiative makes Colorado ballot

denverpost.com

Coloradans are going to decide this November whether they want to give more of their money to fund full-day kindergarten, special education, English proficiency and preschool.

WY: Wyoming treasurer slams bank over divestiture

trib.com

In response to the Bank of the West's decision to pull its investments from the fossil fuel industry, Wyoming state treasurer and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Gordon said that he would deny any applications from the bank to place “certain state funds” into their institution.

NJ: Huge ideas for New Jersey: benefit cuts, merging schools, more toll roads

nj.com

Frustrated by endless growth in property taxes and public worker benefit costs, New Jersey's most powerful lawmaker earlier this year turned to a panel of accountants, economists and budget experts for help. Their final report is out, and it includes merging school districts, adding tolled fast lanes and cutting government employee health care and pension benefits.

NC: North Carolina liquor store officials waste millions in public funds: audit

newsobserver.com

The office in charge of North Carolina’s state-run liquor stores has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars through years of mismanagement, according to report from State Auditor Beth Wood.

AL: Alabama lawmaker's bill would move school start date closer to Labor Day

al.com

An Alabama lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation that would require schools start no earlier than two weeks before Labor Day. Labor Day this year falls on Sept. 3, meaning if the plan was in place, no schools could start before Aug. 20.  

LA: Louisiana voting vendor chosen amid bid-rigging complaint

apnews.com

Louisiana’s pick to replace thousands of decade-old voting machines is Dominion Voting Systems, the company that was the subject of bid-rigging complaints involving the secretary of state’s office. The contract is estimated to be worth up to $60 million.

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