What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/22

US: Russians targeted 21 election systems, U.S. official says

Russian hackers targeted 21 U.S. state election systems in the 2016 presidential race and a small number were breached, but there was no evidence any votes were manipulated, a Homeland Security Department official told Congress.

WV: West Virginia governor says he'll let budget bill become law

Democratic Gov. Jim Justice is allowing the $4.225 billion general revenue budget passed by the Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature to take effect, but he won't sign it, saying the cuts go too deep. Lawmakers failed to resolve an impasse over tax changes that would have raised revenue and limited budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

US: Census: U.S. growing older and more racially diverse

Every ethnic and racial group grew between 2015 and 2016, but the number of whites increased at the slowest rate — less than one hundredth of 1 percent or 5,000 people, a new U.S. Census Bureau estimate shows.

UT: Utah calls for crackdown on special-purpose districts

A hidden level of Utah government — nearly 500 entities that spend $3.5 billion a year to provide limited services such as water, sewer, recreation, police or fire protection — is rife with "poor governance and weak oversight," a new audit says.

WI: Wisconsin Assembly passes bill limiting who can seek election recounts

The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill that would have blocked a statewide presidential election recount in 2016. Under the measure, only candidates within 1 percent of the winner’s vote total in an election with at least 4,000 votes would be eligible to request a recount.

TX: How the Texas Legislature reached a dangerous stalemate on vaccines

Even as outbreaks of preventable diseases worry public health officials, anti-vaccination activists in Texas blocked legislation to address the problem.

CA: To reduce backlog of untested rape kits, California bill would allow taxpayers to donate

A California bill would modify income tax forms to allow taxpayers to donate to help pay for rape kit testing by county and local agencies and crime labs. 

OR: Tax hike that will keep many Oregonians on Medicaid clears Legislature

A plan to raise $550 million in health care taxes to fund Oregon's Medicaid program is on its way to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown's desk.

NY: New York lawmakers want expanded film tax credit

The New York Senate and Assembly passed what would be an expansion of the $420 million film and tax credit for productions that take place in the state, with a measure focusing on women and minority writers and directors who earn below $50,000 per episode, or $150,000 per season.

CO: Colorado Energy Office set to run out of funds

A Colorado government agency that has become a lightning rod in the debate over renewable energy and fossil fuels is poised to see its state funding expire July 1 after a last-ditch attempt to save it ended in a partisan impasse.

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