What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/15

IN: Indiana governor rolls out $24 million job training initiative

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is rolling out a jobs program that will pay tuition for Indiana workers who get trained in high-demand fields. The initiative sets aside about $24 million over the next two years to help grow the number of welders, machinists, medical assistants and information technology specialists, among others.

OR: Rural Oregonians face barriers to ‘death with dignity’

In rural pockets of the state, there are no doctors willing to help within 100 miles, according to one advocacy group. Of the 1,127 Oregonians who died using Death with Dignity medication between 1998 and 2016, only 88 lived east of the Cascade Range.

FL: Florida governor wants tax measure on next year’s ballot

Republican Gov. Rick Scott wants to put a constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot that would require any tax or fee hikes to be approved by a supermajority of the Florida Legislature.

DE: Delaware Economic Development Office to be replaced with public-private partnership

Tentatively called the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, the new nonprofit will be responsible for recruiting new employers to the state, supporting the state's nascent startup community, and investing in workforce development programs. That includes vetting and endorsing companies seeking state taxpayer grants and loans used to encourage job growth.

UT: Utah counties exploring experimental nuclear power from ‘molten salt’

A Utah startup is developing a reactor that would use thorium, rather than uranium, as a core fuel and a consortium of counties is exploring whether to participate in the project.

NE: With changes approved, Nebraska will continue Medicaid program that pays premiums for some

Federal officials have approved changes that will allow Nebraska to continue a program in which Medicaid helps pay private health insurance premiums for some people. The Health Insurance Premium Program provides health coverage for about 230 Nebraskans, including several disabled children of working parents.

MT: Water everywhere in southern Montana while northern supplies are strained
Water supplies in northern Montana are strained by high temperatures and low rainfall, creating more demand for irrigation. In the south, near the Wyoming border, it's a different story as stream flows from record snow melt are running more than twice the average rates.

AR: Arkansas governor trumpets pro-Israel bond acts

Arkansas has signaled that it intends to invest in Israel and, through the enactment of two laws during this year's regular session, is standing up to a movement that seeks to boycott, divest from and punish the Middle Eastern country, Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., said.

OH: Ohio’s urban districts up, suburbs down in state funding

Under the new two-year state budget the Ohio Legislature passed this summer, the state’s 55 urban districts generally fared the best as far as funding. Suburban districts, overall, saw cuts.

KY: Kentucky NAACP renews effort to remove Jefferson Davis statue from Capitol

The Kentucky chapter of the NAACP will renew its effort to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the state Capitol Rotunda in the aftermath of deadly violence in Charlottesville, the group’s leader said.

CO: Colorado parents now have to buy extra school supplies

Budget cutbacks have forced schools in Colorado’s second largest school district to ask parents to provide supplies that formerly were paid for by the district, such as pencils.

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