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‘Checkbook’ Websites Shine Light On State Spending

Every state now runs some kind of public accountability — or “checkbook” — site. The goal is to increase transparency and accountability.

August 18, 2015
Lieutenant Governor, States, Government, Politics, National News

In Many State, Lieutenant Governors Take On Larger Role

While still a spare tire of sorts, as the role of the governor inflates in many states, so does that of the number two: the lieutenant governor.

April 9, 2015
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Number Of States Challenging Obama On Immigration Grows To 24

Seven more states have joined the lawsuit against President Obama.

December 10, 2014

Eyeing Revenue, States Try To Predict Billionaires’ Moves

By Elaine S. Povich, WASHINGTON — The wealthiest Americans can move markets at home and abroad with their business decisions. When they sell massive quantities of stock, receive huge bonuses, or suffer crushing losses, those events also can have a significant impact on state finances, especially in small states that collect taxes on income […]

September 16, 2014

State Lawmakers Respond To Income Inequality

By Jake Grovum, WASHINGTON — The two U.S. counties with the worst income inequality couldn’t be more different. No. 1 is Manhattan. The second is a rural Native American reservation in North Dakota. The two illustrate how widely inequality is spread around the country, and how the issue presents itself in different ways. The far-reaching […]

June 15, 2014

Obama Will Let States Decide How To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from power plants. The president will call for major reductions, according to sources familiar with the planning, with each state given […]

May 27, 2014

Minimum Wage At The Forefront, With Eye On Elections

By Pamela M. Prah, WASHINGTON — A wave of efforts to raise the minimum wage at the state and local level will run through November, when voters in eight states could consider ballot measures to raise hourly rates higher than the current $7.25 federal rate. This is the second year in a row that […]

April 20, 2014
Marijuana, National News, Decriminalization, Drugs, Smoking, Pot, Weed, Legalization, States

14 States That Have Decriminalized Marijuana

It’s high time for stoners: the decriminalization of marijuana is spreading across the nation.

April 1, 2013