A vote by the Republican-controlled House on a bill to change layoff procedures for Minnesota teachers was called off after Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration issued a report saying the move would cost taxpayers $895,000 over the next two years.
The Wisconsin Senate has approved a contentious right-to-work bill along party lines, after about 2,000 protesters showed outside the state Capitol.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage and the head of the Maine State Housing Authority oppose a bipartisan effort that would build 1,000 units of senior housing across Maine. LePage said a coalition of 159 organizations and companies backing the project “inflates” the need for affordable senior housing.
Plastic bag lovers, rejoice: the Peach State is no California. The Georgia Senate voted to prohibit cities and towns from banning plastic bags, saying it would be too expensive and “confusing” for local retailers to worry about.
Tom Schweich, Missouri’s Republican state auditor and a leading contender for the governor’s office in next year’s election, died Thursday after apparently shooting himself at home. The subject of an interview he had scheduled for later in the day, according to Schweich’s comments to the Post-Dispatch, was his belief that a top state GOP official had spread false information about him.
The Mississippi House has passed a measure that could phase out the state’s personal income tax over the next 15 years if the economy grows.
Some Congressional Republicans said they would increase their efforts to prevent District residents from possessing small amounts of marijuana, which became legal Thursday, and warned that the city would face numerous investigations and hearings should the mayor continue her practice of telling the politicians to please find something else to worry about.
The bill would remove the obstacles that are in the way of an estimated 40,000 ex-offenders in Maryland who want to vote.
A Democratic Assembly member’s bill would require that production costs associated with medications priced more than $10,000 a year be reported to California. He says drug prices are too high.
Republican Gov. John Kasich is pushing Ohio to shift from an income tax and rely more on consumption taxes. But a sales tax hike raises the possibility of costing the state revenue.
On 2,305 occasions in the past four years, Nevada skipped its usual competitive bidding process when awarding state contracts to private companies for equipment, supplies and services.
A bruising political battle over whether to add New Mexico to the list of states with right-to-work laws is moving on to the Senate after the House voted 37-30 to approve the change in state labor laws.
The last execution in Arkansas was in 2005. Opponents of the death penalty dismissed its efficacy as a deterrent, arguing that murderers don't think about the consequences of their actions when they take lives.