A new reserve that partly acts as a rainy-day fund, partly goes toward paying off debt, is short by $2.2 billion. It's hard for California officials to predict how much money will come into the fund because it relies on volatile capital gains tax revenue.
A bipartisan, bicameral committee is recommending that the Kansas Legislature double financial limits on campaign contributions to candidates for state office and allow candidates to transfer leftover donations to alternative races. The proposed changes are aimed at combating outside political spending.
Momentum is growing in the Wisconsin Legislature for a measure that would mandate that data about crimes on school grounds be available for viewing alongside test scores and graduation rates.
Draft legislation may surface as soon as Monday to help North Carolina attack a $25.5 billion unfunded liability in its retiree health system. Possible strategies include requiring all eligible retirees to transition to Medicare Advantage plans, which would save the state about $64 million a year.
Some may regard sauna as another hipster rediscovery alongside yoga and homebrewing. Maybe in some regions it is. “But in Minnesota, it’s authentic,” a sauna society founder said. The society has almost 500 members, mostly from the state.
Kentucky legislators, who often call for greater transparency from the struggling state employee pension system, keep their own retirement accounts in a much better-financed system that publicly offers no information about itself.
Nevada has created health guidelines for cryotherapy after a Las Vegas spa worker was found dead in a tank that subjects users to subzero temperatures, a treatment that experts say has been growing in popularity but is largely unregulated and whose benefits are not proven.
Dozens of Iowa’s health care providers voiced concerns and complaints about Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid management. The feedback could help determine whether federal officials will allow the planned launch of Branstad’s effort.
Flint’s decision to sever its ties with the City of Detroit as its supplier of drinking water went all the way up to the Michigan governor's office.
Through the first four months of the current fiscal year, West Virginia Lottery revenue is down by about 4 percent—more than $14 million—compared to the same period last year.
The Houston school district is planning to expand the nation's only high school fully specializing in oil and energy careers. In the oil-rich Permian Basin, two high schools have begun "petroleum academies." And state officials have authorized all Texas districts to teach vocational classes in oil production.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend more money on Florida schools, but fellow Republicans are drawing attention to the fact that the money would come from higher property taxes.
The fate of a medical marijuana tax in the city of La Pine is up in the air, as attorneys representing the Oregon Legislature have determined such taxes are illegal. The Legislative Counsel's office made the ruling at the request of a Eugene state senator.