Despite transparency rules, anti-discrimination laws and standardized pay rates, states still struggle with gender pay inequities in their government workforces.
“2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Phoenix City Council rejects “sanctuary city” request; San Francisco may toll famous street; and Maine governor’s low salary.
California lawmakers are considering it.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Winning and losing municipalities in Conn.; Pa. State Capitol vandalized; and Wash. state assesses data-sharing vulnerabilities.
Authorities ordered more than 160,000 residents in three counties to flee on Sunday amid fears of a major disaster; a state agency successfully saves millions of endangered fish.
Gov. Tom Wolf addresses closing the “Delaware loophole” and responds to his critics on fiscal stewardship.
The five cent per pound excise tax would be imposed on coffee beans sold wholesale.
The proceeds from civil forfeitures across 14 states more than doubled between 2002 and 2013, jumping from around $100 million to over $250 million.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: New Orleans tornado aftermath; Pennsylvania governor’s early retirement proposal for state workers; and Eric Holder’s Sacramento visit.
Known for his combativeness, the Republican governor offered a bit of an olive branch during Tuesday’s State of the State address: “Let’s try to figure out a way that we can work together.”
And does it pay off?
Could the deduction for state and local taxes disappear from the federal form? Wealthy, high-tax states hope not.
Declines in 32 states dragged down total state tax revenue in the second quarter of 2016.
The High Price of a Montana Liquor License; S.C. Gov. Hits Trump up for $5 Billion for Infrastructure
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Utah’s public lands agenda upsets outdoorsmen; Baltimore City Council reverses course on minimum wage; a two-year review of Ohio’s transparency efforts
In the midst of a raging opioid epidemic, states are urging Congress not to pull the plug on the Affordable Care Act, particularly Medicaid expansion. Without it, states say they would be unable to provide enough addiction treatment for the growing number of people who need it.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: More sanitation troubles in Michigan prisons; Baltimore minimum wage bill; and lieutenant governor position may be axed in Illinois.
In some states, justices of the peace don’t need a law degree to put defendants behind bars.
More states lost population last year than in 30 years. Some of the loss can be attributed to national demographic trends — but not all of it.
Budgetary crisis aside, the Department of Innovation & Technology is finding ways to to innovate and transform its operations.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Wyoming budget cuts; Alaska’s potential major gas tax hikes; and Texas, Florida legislation targets sanctuary cities.
More states are preventing health insurers from making midyear changes to covered medications.
Five states lead the way in this approach, as most others show modest levels of engagement.
A dozen states still strip the driver’s license of those convicted of drug crimes, even when their offense had nothing to do with driving. But some are reconsidering, saying the suspensions make it harder for people to work and be productive citizens.
PHOTOS: The Beaux-Arts building that dominates the Madison skyline came to be out of a mixture of disaster, bad luck and hubris—and it remains the Badger State’s most important public gathering point.
The president will host a dinner when the National Governors Association is in D.C. next month, and a private sit-down is also expected.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. may outlaw exotic animals; water agency in Ky. coal country under investigation; and Texas petrochemical plant plan irks farmers.
Part of a highway crossing over the Verdigris River near Tulsa was removed as part of a rehabilitation project.
Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Puerto Rico’s fiscal lockbox; higher suicide rates for paramedics; and N.Y. community colleges not keen on governor’s free-tuition plan.
Fundamental growth of centralized procurement leads the way.
Lawmakers and regulators are often left to iron out complicated rules after voters back legal marijuana through ballot initiatives.
The $3.1 million grant comes just one week after a Washington city announced it will sue the company for neglecting black market trafficking of its drug, OxyContin.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Mass. governor Lays out proposed budget; jurisdictional squabble over snow removal in Boise; and RFID chips spark privacy concerns in Memphis.