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Is MI too broke to show the governors' convention a good time? Free Press
MO's minimum wage law causes overtime mayhem for cops, firefighters. St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Locals hire pricey lobbyists to avoid property-tax doom at FL legislature. Sun Sentinel
Online survey: IL capitol overhaul "a waste." Sun-Times
CA will soon spend more on prisons than higher ed. SF Chronicle
Will gentrification spoil the birthplace of Hip-Hop? NYT
The success of Philly's campaign-finance law. Inquirer
The meth trade's Africa connection. WSJ (paid subscription)
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