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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/6

Top State Stories 7/6

US: At least 44 states deny full data to voting panel

washingtonpost.com

The number of states that won’t provide all of their voter data to President Trump’s voting commission grew to at least 44, including some, such as California and Virginia, that said they would provide nothing to the commission. Others said they are hindered by state laws governing what voter information can be made public but will provide what they can.

OR: Oregon approves measure requiring insurers to cover abortion

ap.org

Insurance companies in Oregon would be required to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity under a measure approved by lawmakers.

MO: Missouri creating high schools for adults

stltoday.com

Under a new state law, the Missouri department of education will get the power to authorize a nonprofit that would start four schools for adults seeking to get their high school diplomas. The schools would offer job training programs, industry certification and on-site child care.

KY: Kentucky seeks stricter Medicaid work requirements

thehill.com

Under Kentucky’s amended plan, able-bodied adults without dependents would be required to work at least 20 hours a week to qualify for coverage as soon as the waiver is approved by the Trump administration. The initial proposal would have started the requirement at five hours a week, gradually increasing to 20 hours after a year.

HI: Hawaii marijuana dispensaries scramble to find workers’ compensation insurance

hawaiinewsnow.com

The workers’ compensation insurer that seven of Hawaii’s eight dispensaries relied on for coverage has decided to cease serving them after a legal evaluation raised concerns about potential criminal liability. Selling marijuana is illegal under federal law.

AR: Arkansas ends fiscal year with $15M surplus

arkansasonline.com

Arkansas finance officials say the state ended its fiscal year with a $15.7 million surplus after a boost in sales tax collections over the past two months helped restore most of the budget cuts enacted earlier. The state ended the fiscal year with $5.3 billion in net available revenue, $19 million less than last year.

CA: California hate crimes rise for second straight year

sfgate.com

After nearly a decade of decline, hate crimes in California are increasing, particularly attacks on Muslims and gay men. The state attorney general’s office said there were 931 hate-driven incidents reported by local law enforcement agencies in 2016, an 11.2 percent increase over the 2015 total and a 20 percent jump from 2014.

ME: Maine budget will send more money to public schools

pressherald.com

The new Maine budget will provide an additional $48.4 million to the state’s 240 public school systems in 2018 and another $113.6 million in 2019. The budget aims to send more funding to poorer districts and allow districts to tap a fund for unexpected special education costs that arise during a budget cycle.

AK: Alaska marijuana tax collections top $1M

juneauempire.com

The state of Alaska has now collected more than $1 million in marijuana tax revenue, and the pace of sales appears to be picking up.

CT: Hospitals paid more in Connecticut taxes than they made from operations

courant.com

Connecticut's 28 acute-care hospitals collectively saw their gain from operations fall by 17 percent in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. One contributor to the decline was a state tax on health care providers that exceeded the total amount of operating surplus the hospitals had after they paid the tax.

NJ: New Jersey to allow all-boys, all-girls charter schools

nj.com

Under revised rules for charter schools, New Jersey will approve single-gender schools if they serve educationally disadvantaged or traditionally underserved students and prove a compelling educational reason for limiting enrollment on the basis of gender.

NV: Nevada pension fund shows double-digit growth

reviewjournal.com

Nevada’s public employee pension fund grew by 11.8 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to preliminary figures from the agency. The return is a big improvement over the previous year, which saw a return of 2.3 percent.

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