The Trump administration issued guidance to states that will allow them to compel people to work or prepare for jobs in order to receive Medicaid for the first time in the half-century history of this pillar of the nation’s social safety net.
A panel of federal judges effectively upheld Pennsylvania's often-criticized congressional district map, declining to take up a novel challenge that sought to have it declared unconstitutional as gerrymandered to favor the party in power.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback proposed a $600 million increase in school funding after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled this fall that education spending was inadequate under the state constitution. Brownback did not say how Kansas would pay for $400 million of that increase – only that it would not include a tax increase -- angering Republican leaders.
A majority of Massachusetts’ medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to stop accepting debit cards from patients after threats of a federal crackdown prompted a key payment processing company to pull out of the Massachusetts cannabis market.
Sixty of Rhode Island’s 75 state representatives attended the training. But notably, the two Republican leaders of the House — Minority Leader Patricia Morgan and Senior Deputy Minority Leader Anthony Giarusso — did not attend the entire session. Giarusso did not attend at all.
If the Laredo Merchants Association’s challenge to a local plastic bag ban is successful, Texas cities, including Austin, Fort Stockton and Port Aransas, could find their similar local bans on bags struck down. The case also might create deeper questions about the role of local regulation in the state.
Forty-one percent of students who attend a virtual charter school in Oklahoma left their previous school because they were victims of bullying. That’s according to a survey commissioned by the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, which oversees the state's four virtual charter schools and their combined 12,000 students.
Fresh off its Foxconn manufacturing plant win, Wisconsin is taking aim at Chicago’s millennial talent pool, with a marketing campaign designed to lure young skilled workers to move out of Illinois. The $1 million marketing blitz – online, on “L” trains, and in bars -- is promoting a message that Wisconsin offers lower rents, shorter commutes and a better quality of life for millennials “disillusioned” by Chicago.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend $4.6 billion from new gas taxes and vehicle fees on repairs to California’s roads and bridges and improvements to its rail systems. Brown’s transportation budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 depends heavily on funds generated by the new taxes, which are the focus of an initiative drive by Republicans who want to repeal them.
The Wisconsin Legislature has released new details on harassment and discrimination investigations of lawmakers, including a 2016 claim against a senator. But leaders again resisted providing the public with a fuller look into accusations that legislators have mistreated their employees.
A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a federal lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of Alabama's voter ID law. The lawsuit specifically targeted a 2011 law which requires absentee and in-person voters to show a photo ID in order to cast a regular ballot.
The committee in New Hampshire would look at the experiences of law enforcement officers, policing and arresting costs, and the effect of the trade on the mental and physical health of sex workers, who often face continual danger.
Republican Gov. Henry McMaster is asking the Trump administration to exempt South Carolina from offshore drilling, saying the state's tourism-rich coast is too precious an entity to put at risk.