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MO: Missouri becomes 28th state to adopt ‘right to work’

stltoday.com

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed "right to work" legislation into law, making Missouri the 28th state to prohibit labor unions from collecting dues as a condition of employment.

WV: West Virginia to distribute 8,000 overdose reversal kits

register-herald.com

West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths, will distribute more than 8,000 kits containing the antidote naloxone. The drug can get opioid overdose victims breathing again if administered in time.

MN: Minnesota moves to shore up health insurance market

npr.org

In response to some of the highest premium hikes in the country, Minnesota lawmakers passed a bailout for people who earn too much to qualify for the Affordable Care Act's federal tax credit. The $300 million law will cut monthly premiums by 25 percent for about 125,000 Minnesotans.

SC: South Carolina governor asks Trump for $5 billion for state roads, port

thestate.com

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster asked President Donald Trump for $5 billion to repair state roads and deepen the port of Charleston. The request comes as South Carolina lawmakers begin debate on raising the state’s gasoline tax and other driving fees to repair the state’s crumbling roads.

NJ: No child brides allowed in New Jersey, Senate panel says

nj.com

Taking a stand against forced marriages, a Senate committee approved a bill that would prohibit anyone younger than 18 from getting married in New Jersey. Children ages 16 and 17 can marry now with parental consent.

LA: Louisiana governor proposes tapping rainy day fund to close $304 million budget gap

nola.com

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to spare Louisiana’s colleges and universities, prisons, schools and social services from any cuts by tapping the state’s rainy day fund for $119 million.

TN: One Tennessee tax credit costs $1.2 million per job

tennessean.com

A $66.7 million industrial machinery tax credit aimed at spurring economic development cost Tennessee $1.2 million a year for each job created, an audit found. The total of $142 million lost annually to state tax credits between 2011 and 2014 could have been used to pave 800 miles of state highway or hire more than 2,300 teachers.

US: Despite risks, public pensions put faith in long-term returns

reuters.com

U.S. public pension funds are cutting their expectations for investment returns over the next 30 years or more, but some do not expect to meet even the new targets over the coming decade.

AR: Arkansas lawmakers back constitutional amendment limiting attorneys' fees

arkansasonline.com

More than half of the Arkansas House and nearly half the Senate have signed up to support a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys' contingency fees and punitive damages.

CA: California electricity bills are soaring because of overcapacity

latimes.com

Regulators have approved higher rates so utilities can recoup the expense of building and maintaining new plants, transmission lines and related equipment, even if their power isn’t needed. Californians pay 50 percent more for electricity than the national average.

ND: North Dakota proposal would stop other branches from introducing legislation

bismarcktribune.com

A bill that would remove nearly all direct introduction of legislation from the executive and judicial branches of North Dakota state government drew a rebuke from state agency officials who contend that it would diminish efficiencies in pursuing changes to policy.

SD: Bill to allow some to carry pistols in South Dakota’s Capitol advances

argusleader.com

A South Dakota House committee approved a bill that would allow people to carry concealed pistols in the state Capitol if they have an enhanced carry permit.

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