Democrats are growing frustrated over Gov. Jan Brewer’s struggle to get her Medicaid-expansion proposal into the Legislature and say efforts to appease reluctant Republican lawmakers with anti-abortion legislation threaten their support.
A pension reform bill that would have moved new state workers and teachers into a 401K plan and blocked them from enrolling in the state pension system, failed in the Florida senate. Several Republicans joined the Democratic minority to defeat the measure 22-18.
Arms manufacturers in at least two states with strict new gun laws are making good on their promise to move their operations -- along with thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenues -- to locales they deem friendlier to the industry.
Arizona's attorney general withdrew his threat to sue the small city of Bisbee, Ariz., after its lawyers agreed to rewrite a controversial ordinance recognizing same-sex couples to remove rights that he said were reserved for married couples under state law.
Source: Huffington Post | Colorado |
April 30, 2013
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill to grant in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrant students who graduate from state high schools. The measure is expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the state.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
April 30, 2013
A new reveals that14 percent of self-identified Republicans preferred New Jersey Gov. Christie as their choice for president, compared to 16 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 18 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.