Maine’s freshly inaugurated Democratic governor, Janet Mills, signed an executive order to begin implementing Medicaid expansion. More than 70,000 Mainers will be eligible for Medicaid health insurance under the expansion.
Legislative leaders at the Oregon Capitol created a hostile workplace by allowing verbal and physical sexual harassment to continue unabated, according to an Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries investigation. The five-month investigation found “substantial evidence” of unlawful discrimination based on sex.
A survey found 1,547 classrooms in Arizona had no teachers to start the 2018 school year, and that 663 teachers quit within the first month of school. Despite the promise of a 20 percent pay increase by 2020, Arizona public school teachers still rank at or near the bottom when it comes to salaries.
A federal judge blocked a recent New York City law intended to crack down on Airbnb and other online home-sharing sites that city officials say have essentially turned residential apartments into illegal hotels and have aggravated the city’s housing shortage.
Idaho Gov.-elect Brad Little, a Republican, said he’s committed to implementing a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage but without what he called “an incentive for people not to work.” About 60,000 low-income Idaho residents could qualify for coverage.
The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House overwhelmingly voted to expand that chamber’s investigative and subpoena power. The new committee targets the Democratic-controlled governor’s office and three independent offices — attorney general, treasurer and auditor general. After the vote, questions swirled in the capitol’s legal and political circles.
The Florida Senate paid $900,000 in legal fees to settle a complaint filed by a high-ranking staffer who alleged she was retaliated against for accusing a former senator of sexual harassment, according to documents released by the Senate president. As part of the agreement, the aide, Rachel Perrin Rogers, is resigning.
It’s a question as old as civilization that continues to stump cities: Where to go when you need to ... go? The District of Columbia Council has approved a pilot program to erect two new public bathrooms downtown and to offer as much as $2,000 in annual incentives to businesses that open restrooms to all.
In Illinois, longtime Chicago Alderman Edward Burke, one of Chicago’s most powerful figures and a vestige of the city’s old Democratic machine, has been charged with attempted extortion for allegedly using his position as alderman to try to steer business to his law firm.
Nevada lawmakers planned to use taxes on filmmakers to offset some of the $1.2 billion in tax incentives awarded Tesla in 2014. But the scheme isn’t working, according to a review of state financial disclosures. Movie producers expected to flock to the Silver State haven’t shown up.
Three major insurance companies are suing Pacific Gas & Electric over the billions of dollars in claims they expect to face from last year’s Camp Fire, the largest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The utility has already acknowledged that problems occurred on a high-voltage transmission tower near the spot where the fire started Nov. 8.
South Dakota legislators headed into the 2019 session are getting their first pay raise in about two decades. State lawmakers will be paid $11,378.80 in 2019, a roughly 90 percent jump from the $6,000 a session they’ve received since 1998. Legislators also get a daily allowance that has increased during that time.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who took office this year, took steps to replace the current statewide standardized testing system with a pair of executive orders that also calls for removing those exam results from teacher evaluations.
Alabama’s employee pension fund, with about 350,000 members and some $40 billion in managed assets, has become the sole owner of one of the largest chains of local U.S. newspapers.