Kirk Steudle, president of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, referring to Congress' progress toward passing a new long-term extension of the highway and transit spending law, which expires Saturday.
Source: Arizona Republic | Arizona |
June 26, 2012
Arizona state Rep. Rick Gray, who sponsored a new law that will revamp a program that rewards employees for cost-saving suggestions by giving them 10 percent of the savings. Gray is unsure when the program will start again though because he's been so focused on his reelection.
Colorado state Sen. Irene Aguilar, who sponsored a bill that gives legal immunity to people who call 911 to report someone else's drug overdose. The state bill would protect people from prosecution -- not arrest -- and only those in possession of small amounts of drugs are immune. New Mexico, New York, Washington and Connecticut have already enacted so-called "911 Good Samaritan" laws.
Kathleen Oropeza, co-founder of an advocacy group against "parent trigger" laws, which let parents seize control of low-performing public schools and fire the teachers, oust the administrators or turn the schools over to private management. Such laws are in place in several states, including California, and under consideration in several others.
Carl Domino, a former Florida state representative who is campaigning to rejoin the House. He's worth $24.3 million in a state where nearly 70 of the 400 candidates for the Legislature are worth more than $1 million.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who is known for his quick wit and political incorrectness -- once referring to the plan to add the dunes sagebrush lizard to the endangered species list as “reptile dysfunction." He's running for lieutenant governor in the 2014 election.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Georgia |
June 14, 2012
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, head of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, who praised the state Department of Transportation for rejecting the Ku Klux Klan's application for the Adopt-a-Highway program.
Jean-Claude Brizardon, chief of Chicago Public Schools, where nearly 90 percent of the teachers voted to support a strike if one is called. Brizardon accused union leaders of rushing members into supporting a strike before all the proposals have been reviewed.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Wisconsin |
June 12, 2012
Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker's win last week. He said his group would continue in much the way it did more than 50 years ago, when it had no bargaining rights.