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Indiana Senate revives Medicaid bill in state budget
But an Indianapolis Star review of the state budget found much the Senate’s version of the Medicaid expansion included in the budget bill. The Senate is expected to approve the budget today, and the House and Senate will negotiate a final version in the next few weeks. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he revived the Senate’s version of the Medicaid bill to give lawmakers more control. “The legislature wants to have the chance to review any waiver that may be secured by the governor,” Kenley said. “That’s not a criticism of the governor, so much as it is that we have a strong interest in what it will do both fiscally and in what type of waiver program we want to have.”
New EPA pollution rule another case of presidential overreach
The U.S. Constitution separates the branches of the federal government, forcing them to check and balance one another. It also lists and limits the power of Congress, reserving much broader authority for the states to address the concerns of their citizens. Each of these characteristics contributes to a comprehensive structure that is premised on the assumption that we are not angels, and that liberty and prosperity are threatened by any government that vests imperfect humans with unaccountable power. So, as James Madison wrote, “ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” In an ideal world, Congress, the President, and the states would each guard their own spheres of power, limiting one another and reducing the ability of any one of them to overreach.
Alaska voter ID bill passes final House committee
Lynn says the bill is necessary to protect Alaska's voting system - in which elections can be decided by a single vote - from fraud. "Nothing in HB3 whatsoever prevents anybody who is registered to vote or is motivated to vote from doing so," Lynn told the committee. "It's our intent not to disenfranchise anybody but to safeguard our precious right to vote in this state."
Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee agrees to increase school funding
Analysis: Education focus shifts to implementation
At the end of the 2012 legislative session proponents vowed they would try again to push a bill expanding the opportunities for charter schools in Mississippi. In the summer of 2012, Gov. Phil Bryant, began setting the table for a broader education agenda. The Republican governor didn't get everything he wanted - for example lawmakers ditched his call to allow students to enroll in any public school anywhere in the state - but he was successful in several efforts.
GOP plan cuts income tax 15%
All 24 Senate Republicans support bill, which also would enhance some deductions but drop others
On average, taxpayers would receive a $360 reduction in tax year 2014 and $516 in 2015, Republicans said. No taxpayer would receive an increase. All 24 members of the Senate’s Republican minority are co-sponsoring the legislation, which has been developed by Sen. Randy Feenstra of Hull. While Democrats hold a Senate majority, GOP lawmakers hope their proposal can become a part of a bipartisan effort by House and Senate lawmakers to address tax issues.
Selenium pollution bill heads to state Senate
The state standards would require approval from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has been revising its selenium standards since 2004 and said there would be new standards by the end of this year. The coal industry argues that federal standards are not applicable to West Virginia's fast moving streams. Studies have found selenium harmful to aquatic life, and to humans with high-level exposure.
Medicaid expansion fight focuses on access, rising expenses
Lipstein is describing an estimated 300,000 Missouri residents, including the growing number of people living in poverty since the Great Recession. Many of these people work, but receive no health benefits. And some of them are among those who would have qualified for assistance before state budget cuts eight years ago lopped them off the Medicaid rolls. These are the same Missourians who show up at hospital emergency departments for treatment, and whose care BJC and other health systems have to write off. Often, the trip to the ER could have been avoided by a visit to a doctor’s office. Or, because such patients haven’t received ongoing medical care, they are hospitalized at a life-threatening stage of a chronic disease.
McCrory will make economic development announcement
McCrory has said North Carolina's economic brand has faded in recent years and needs to be changed to make the state more attractive to business. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said recently public-private partnerships may be used to distribute government-funded incentives packages.
Immigration Plan Will Be Ready This Week, Sen. Chuck Schumer Says
Schumer said that the staffs of each Gang of Eight member has worked 12 hours a day to fine-tune the details of their immigration plan and reach an agreement on every issue. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also a member of the Gang of Eight, set a longer time frame of a “couple of weeks” before the plan is completed.
But one Republican member of the bi-partisan group has expressed concern that the deal on immigration reform is being reached in haste. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has called for more hearings and time to review the plan in order to encourage “healthy public debate.” “Arriving at a final product will require it to be properly submitted for the American people’s consideration, through the other 92 senators from 43 states that weren’t part of this initial drafting process,” Rubio said in a statement last week. “In order to succeed, this process cannot be rushed or done in secret.”
North Dakota Legislature this week: Oil taxes in focus
Fracking support becomes bipartisan as both parties see economic benefits
In a piece for the New York Daily News, Mr. Rendell touted the benefits of fracking that he saw firsthand as drilling in the Marcellus Shale helped revive long-depressed towns in the western and northern reaches of Pennsylvania. It’s just one example of how fracking has earned unusually broad support from across the political spectrum, breaking down partisan barriers in surprising ways. The hydraulic fracturing process extracts oil and natural gas from deep within shale rock formations by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals
N.J. Department of Education gets 38 applications to start new charter schools
Another contender is seeking state approval to open a virtual charter school for Lakewood teens who also attend Jewish day schools there. And Stephanie Barnes, an elementary school teacher living in North Brunswick, hopes to open Pearls of Wisdom Charter School to serve 125 fifth through eighth graders in East Orange, Orange and Irvington. "I grew up in East Orange and I have family who live in all of the towns I hope the school will serve," Barnes said. "The students there deserve a chance at a high quality education and they need other options."
Employment gains, sales help grow local economy
Compared with the previous year, many of the economic indicators used for measuring economic performance were higher in February. Based on year-over-year totals, employment gains were especially noteworthy, increasing by 2.2 percent over the past year. However this month’s employment gains were sizable, increasing by 3 percent from the previous month. It also is instructive to look at “state sales and use collections” which increased, on a year over year basis, by a respectable 1.6 percent from February 2012 to February 2013. The upward trend in increased collections generally is reflective of the sales growth experienced by the various sectors that comprise the local economy.
Exchange, tax repeal give Otter a good session
Along with that win, Otter is also claiming a $20 million tax break for businesses on their personal property as another milestone for his administration. It's not exactly the full repeal he pitched in his Jan. 7 State of the State speech, but he says what emerged was a good start. In past sessions, Otter has taken a licking from supposed GOP allies in the House and Senate on key priorities such as his disastrous 2009 bid to raise Idaho's gas tax and registration fees. This time, however, he had what was arguably the most-successful legislative season of his seven-year gubernatorial career.
Alabama will not enforce health care law's provisions
Bentley rejects health care law's consumer mandates
This isn’t the first time Bentley, a physician, has rejected portions of the Affordable Care Act. The law allows states to operate their own health insurance exchanges, but Bentley opted to let Washington run Alabama’s exchange. He also rejected the option of expanding the state’s Medicaid program to cover more low-income people.
New education formula gains support
Funding is then determined by adding up the total completed credit hours and multiplying the number by a per-credit-hour amount set for state aid. State aid levels are set in SB2200 for research universities, four-year colleges and two-year colleges. The per-credit-hour state aid number was determined by adding up the total credit hours earned at each college and university during the 2009-11 biennium. The totals were then run through the formula to determine what their appropriation should be.
Montana House backs private school tax credits
Supporters say it gives students more educational options. Republican Rep. Cary Smith of-Billings says it would help disabled and low-income students. Critics say the measure is unconstitutional because it allows public funds to go to private schools, which are often run by churches. The House endorsed the measure Saturday in a 53-47 initial vote. It has already cleared the Senate and will need to pass a third vote in the House before it goes to Gov. Steve Bullock.
Missouri lawmakers advance ‘right to work’ legislation
The statehouse has made several stabs at adopting a version of a “right to work” law. Last month, the state senate approved a broader bill that extends the require to private sector unions as well. Gov. Jay Dixon opposes right-to-work and has twice vetoed such bills in the past. But the advocates are pushing a version that could skip the governor and instead decide the matter through a November voter referendum. Should it pass, Missouri would become the 25th state to adopt so-called “right to work” laws. Michigan became the 24th state earlier this year. Unions have been protesting the move, dubbing such legislation “paycheck deception“.
UPDATE Senate passes health care expansion
Actual implementation of the proposal hinges on House and Senate approval of a separate appropriation to be included in the state Department of Human Services budget — requiring a three-fourths vote in each chamber — and final approval of the plan by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The so-called private option, which Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe negotiated with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with ideas from Republican lawmakers, has softened staunch GOP resistance to any expansion of health care under the federal health care reform act known as Obamacare.
Gov. Mead: Wyoming has no legal recourse against feds on cuts
Mead and other state officials had claimed the federal action is illegal because the money is obligated to the state. Mead said he told Attorney General Gregory Phillips he wanted to pursue legal action if there was a "snowball's chance" of success. "The word back is there is no snowball," Mead said. Wyoming and New Mexico, he said, appear to be the states hardest hit by the budget reductions.
NC House Passes Voter ID Bill
Republican leaders in the North Carolina House unveiled details of their long-awaited Voter ID bill Thursday. The measure would require most North Carolinians to bring photo identification with them to the polls, beginning in 2016. It would allow residents to use a number of different kinds of IDs in order to vote. Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis told a news conference that weeks of discussions have gone into creating this bill. Back in 2011, state lawmakers passed a Voter ID measure that would’ve required residents to present one of eight forms of photo identification in order to vote. Governor Bev Perdue vetoed it. But Tillis says, “I think you will see that it’s very different from the bill that was passed last year. It’s trying to take into account a number of the concerns that were raised. I think it’s technically a better bill and a bill that will withstand any challenge that comes to us in the way of the courts.”
Tillis says this measure is a compromise that probably won’t satisfy everyone on both sides of the aisle. It would require nearly all voters to present photo IDs at the polls, except for people who are disabled. Republican Representative Tom Murry of Morrisville says, “We are going to allow for multiple forms of state issued IDs including drivers licenses, non-operators licenses, student IDS from state institutions, employee IDS from state employees, travel cards, we’re also going to be developing a state-wide photo database.”
Education bills again dominate lawmaker attention
But Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said there was enough consensus among lawmakers and stakeholders to revisit some of the features of the defeated Propositions 1, 2 and 3, including a bill approved in the session's final hours giving districts leverage to shorten teacher contracts. "There were some elements of all Propositions 1, 2 and 3 where there was favor, but there was also some problems with some of those," Otter said at his end-of-session news conference Thursday. "I think we picked the low hanging fruit ... those things that seemed reasonable." For the Idaho School Boards Association, the session was about getting back the collective bargaining advantage spelled out in the Students Come First overhaul, initially approved by the GOP-dominated Legislature in 2011.
Schuette seeks to dismiss federal right-to-work lawsuit
In court documents filed late Wednesday, Schuette said the NLRA includes a clause that protects states’ ability to regulate compulsory union membership, and through that provision, the NLRA “expressly permits” right-to-work laws. Right-to-work laws ban mandatory union dues as a condition of employment. He also cited various court decisions that say the NLRA doesn’t preclude states from regulating union security clauses in labor agreements. “Michigan’s law is neither unique or novel,” Schuette said in court documents. “Michigan joins the multitude of states that use the same or similar language in their laws.”
Florida physicians closer to medical malpractice reform
Simmons said doctors in his district email him concerned that corporations are buying their practices. Instead of owning the physician practice, Simmons said, doctors will become employees. “The entire profession is at risk. It’s at risk of no longer being a profession,” said Simmons, who ultimately voted for the bill (SB-1792). “That’s what physicians ought to be dealing with their own future. They are drowning. They are literally drowning and getting ready to be destroyed as a profession within a few years and what we are doing is we are dealing with this; a side issue.”