California is confronting the limits of its power to save federal environmental protections as Congress and the Trump administration take aim at a landmark law the state has relied on for decades to clean the air of noxious smog.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation to designate a tax-free weekend in August in Massachusetts. But with House and State leadership averse to the idea, the state will likely forgo the summer sales tax holiday for the second year in a row.
As they scraped together dollars to fill gaps in last year's budget, Louisiana lawmakers relied on nearly $36 million from a state escrow account tied to ongoing tax litigation, dollars that can't be spent while the lawsuits remain unresolved.
One day before Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed off on Missouri’s new budget, he outlined a plan designed to boost education and job training for inmates in the state’s embattled prison system. But the budget he signed shows spending for rehabilitation programs within the Department of Corrections was cut by $1.4 million, with the lion’s share coming in education programs.
Nearly two tons of trinkets, statues and jewelry crafted from the tusks of at least 100 slaughtered elephants are heading for a rock crusher in New York City's Central Park to demonstrate the state's commitment to smashing the illegal ivory trade.
The station’s hydrogen will be produced onsite by electrolyzing water, passing an electrical current through water causing it to split into hydrogen and oxygen. Democratic Gov. David Ige said the station would help advance Hawaii’s clean energy goals by enabling the use of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the state.
The measure signed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker requires Wisconsin correctional officers to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement, just as doctors, teachers and day care providers are required to do. The legislation comes as a criminal investigation of the state's juvenile prison complex continues.
A statewide gun buyback in three major New Jersey cities brought in 4,775 firearms over two days, authorities said. The program, which offered between $100 and $200 per firearm, no questions asked, was the largest of its kind in state history.
Wyoming will likely bring in more revenue than previously expected for this fiscal year, according to new figures from the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group. Severance tax revenues are beating projections by 7.6 percent, showing an improvement in the state’s energy economy.
Since February, people convicted of buying sex in North Dakota have been eligible for a program to teach them about the harms of sex trafficking. But no one has been sentenced to it yet, in part due to lack of awareness among prosecutors.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has green-lighted Michigan’s plans to forgive $20.7 million in past water infrastructure loans owed by the city of Flint to the state.
University of Nebraska officials said they plan to deal with a $49 million budget gap by trimming expenses about $30 million, while raising tuition and increasing enrollment to address the remaining $19 million.