At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have now because big insurers, such as Aetna and UnitedHealth Group, and some state or regional insurers are leaving markets.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, in an attempt to balance Virginia’s $1.5 billion budget shortfall, plans to eliminate planned pay raises for state employees and teachers, and will ask the General Assembly to dip into the rainy-day fund to keep funding intact for education, public safety and Medicaid.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted proposed that voters who were purged from voter rolls last year be allowed to vote in November using provisional ballots. The proposal comes after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the way Ohio cleared some inactive voters off voting lists violated federal laws.
Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation that allows patients under 18 in Connecticut to use marijuana for medical purposes starting this month.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage urged voters to reject five referendum questions on the Nov. 8 ballot, including an increase in Maine’s minimum wage. Two leaders backing the wage hike should be jailed, he said, on the grounds the hike would hurt elderly people.
The FBI is expected to launch the federal government’s pilot program to collect data on police-involved shootings and other incidents of lethal and non-lethal force by early next year. The collection effort comes in the aftermath of persistent, racially charged police encounters over the past two years.
Justices disqualified a proposal from the Nov. 8 ballot that would have given three private companies rights to run casinos in three Arkansas counties.
State corrections officials will ask the Wisconsin Legislature to change state law so that 16- and 17-year-olds with criminal sentences are sent to juvenile facilities for the first years of their sentences rather than to adult prisons.
The State Department of Commerce overstated by about fourfold the impact that a carbon tax ballot measure would have on the price of electricity in Washington state in 2020. The measure would raise electricity bills by about 5 percent, not 20 percent as previously stated.
Iowa now expects to collect $7.31 billion in the current fiscal year. That’s about $49.3 million less than state officials had anticipated in March, though still 5.6 percent more than was collected the previous year.
Toll collectors on the Pennsylvania Turnpike now accept credit cards, though officials say cards should only be used as a backup payment method. Cash and E-ZPass remain the preferred method of payment.