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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/20

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/20

US: Western bankers expect poor economic growth amid trade war

apnews.com

Bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states expect slow growth in the months ahead, but the ongoing trade war between the United States and China is weighing on the economy. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

VA: Virginia utility plans nation's largest offshore wind farm

richmond.com

The $7.8 billion project would deliver 2,600 megawatts by 2026, enough to power up to 650,000 homes, and help fulfill Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's call for more carbon-free energy in Virginia. It would be larger than what's now the largest offshore wind farm off the New Jersey coast.

NJ: New Jersey releases more than half a billion in tax breaks for companies

nj.com

More than half a billion dollars in tax breaks put on hold by the beleaguered New Jersey Economic Development Authority earlier this year amid mounting questions over the state incentive programs have been approved for payment after months of review.

NH: New Hampshire legislature overrides veto of medical marijuana bill

unionleader.com

The New Hampshire legislature overrode Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a medical marijuana bill, ending the mandate that patients have a three-month relationship with their provider before they receive the pain-relieving drug.

MO: Missouri governor announces he spent half as much on food as predecessor

stltoday.com

In his first year as governor, Republican Mike Parson’s administration spent less than half as much on groceries as his scandal-plagued predecessor. According to figures provided by the governor’s office, the amount spent on food for the Governor’s Mansion in the first 12 months of Parson’s tenure was $49,383.

SC: South Carolina scrubs disgraced commissioner's name from airport highway

postandcourier.com

Road signs for the John N. Hardee Expressway leading to the Columbia, South Carolina, airport came down moments after transportation officials voted unanimously to remove references to the former commissioner charged with soliciting a prostitute. The expressway was named after Hardee in 1999 for helping secure its funding.

WI: Wisconsin governor announces red-flag bill, is open to mandatory gun buybacks

jsonline.com

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, rolled out red-flag legislation and said he would consider requiring gun owners to sell off some of their weapons. Republicans who control the legislature immediately rejected both ideas, much as they resisted an earlier proposal from Evers for expanded background checks.

MN: Shortage of workers continues to affect job growth in Minnesota

startribune.com

Minnesota managed to end August with 1,100 more jobs, but a continued shortage of workers mixed with myriad other economic concerns continue to affect growth in the state. The hiring uptick, state officials said, halted months of increases in Minnesota’s unemployment rate, which slid to 3.3% in August.

OK: Oklahoma charter school sends state senator 'cease and desist demand' letter

tulsaworld.com

An attorney for Oklahoma’s largest virtual charter school issued a “cease and desist demand” letter to a state senator who has been raising questions about the legality of the school’s student attendance practices. The move by Epic Charter Schools against Republican Sen. Ron Sharp comes one week after Epic called for an investigation of Sharp by Oklahoma Senate leadership — a request that went nowhere.

WY: Despite shortfall, Wyoming lawmakers vote down bill to raise $100M for schools

trib.com

A Wyoming state legislative committee narrowly voted down a bill that would have raised an estimated $100 million a year for the state’s education system. The funds would have been raised through the gradual phasing in of nine additional property tax mills on all property classes in the state, with special provisions written for industrial-classified properties.

OH: 'Common sense changes': Ohio mayors back gun violence proposals

cincinnati.com

A dozen Republican and Democratic mayors and police chiefs from across Ohio visited the state Capitol to lobby lawmakers to pass gun control measures. The mayors and police chiefs met with Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, and legislative leaders.

WA: Washington state sues Trump over diverted military funding

apnews.com

Washington state’s attorney general sued President Donald Trump over his plan to shift more than $3.6 billion in military construction funding to help build a border wall. In Washington state, Trump’s plan would divert $89 million from a pier project at a submarine base west of Seattle.

AL: Alabama governor announces she has lung cancer

al.com

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she has lung cancer. The governor, a Republican, said her doctor found a spot on her lung in the last few weeks and that tests determined it was a “tiny, isolated malignancy.”

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