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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/20

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/20

IL: Children are being locked away, alone and terrified, in schools across Illinois

chicagotribune.com

In Illinois, it’s legal for school employees to seclude students in a separate space — to put them in “isolated timeout” — if the students pose a safety threat to themselves or others. Yet every school day, workers isolate children for reasons that violate the law, an investigation by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois has found.

DC: Outdated poverty data funneled millions to wealthy D.C. neighborhoods

washingtonpost.com

A federal program that funneled millions of dollars into the District of Columbia’s richest neighborhoods at the expense of poorer areas it was created to help used unadjusted and outdated data for years that failed to capture the city’s rapid economic growth, a Washington Post analysis found.

CT: New Democratic plan scraps cars and proposes truck-only tolls across Connecticut

courant.com

Connecticut House Democratic leaders proposed a new compromise that calls for installing electronic highway tolls for trucks only on 12 bridges across the state in the latest chapter in the long-running debate at the state Capitol. The move represents an alternative to Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposal for 14 tolled bridges where all drivers would be charged.

IN: Thousands of teachers pack Indiana Statehouse for protest

indystar.com

Several thousand teachers wearing red surrounded the Indiana Statehouse to call for better pay and more respect from the Republican-dominated state government in a protest that closed more than half of the state’s school districts for the day.

NV: Nevada unlikely to meet carbon reduction goals without additional changes

thenevadaindependent.com

Just seven months after state lawmakers passed and Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a “milestone” bill raising the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, an upcoming report will indicate that Nevada is unlikely to meet its ambitious carbon reduction goals over the next decade without taking additional steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

MN: Minnesota AG steps in to fix ‘anti-competitive’ school milk prices

twincities.com

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, a Democrat, says he’s stepping in to ensure school milk prices remain affordable. The unusual move comes after the Dairy Farmers of America acquired a St. Paul milk processing facility in October 2018 from Canadian dairy company Agropur.

PA: Pennsylvania hourly minimum wage would rise to $9.50 in compromise bill

post-gazette.com

A Senate bill that would increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2021 was voted out of committee and could be taken up by the full Senate as early as Wednesday. The current minimum is $7.25 an hour — matching the federal minimum.

NJ: New Jersey governor doubles state's offshore wind power goal

northjersey.com

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order to more than double his offshore wind power goal for New Jersey to 7,500 megawatts by 2035, from 3,500 set for 2030.

MO: Missouri's first all-female supervision center works to address recidivism

columbiamissourian.com

The Fulton Community Supervision Center opened in Missouri to address the needs of the rapidly growing population of women on probation or parole. Its 120-day program is tailored to female offenders by using gender-responsive and trauma-informed methods that identify root issues of crime.

LA: After ransomware attack, Louisiana offices still closed, but likely source spotted

theadvocate.com

The effects of a ransomware attack on Louisiana’s state government that crippled some public-facing agencies stretched through the next day, as motor vehicle offices throughout the state remained closed and workers scrambled to reboot computer systems.

MS: Mississippi laws cause ‘extreme’ prison sentences, report finds

apnews.com

Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are causing “extreme” prison sentences that are disproportionally affecting African American men and are costing the state millions of dollars for decades of incarceration, according to a new report by a nonprofit advocacy group founded by technology and business executives.

NC: North Carolina Medicaid changes will be delayed

newsobserver.com

Changes to Medicaid health insurance in North Carolina — in the works for years and already weeks into enrollment — will be delayed indefinitely because the Republican legislature and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t agreed on a state budget that would fund the change.

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