Lost in the chaos of Congress's last-minute passage of legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff this month was the farm bill -- ever the undercard -- and the reality that the hodgepodge of food and agriculture provisions is still sitting on the U.S. House's proverbial desk, expired and needing reauthorization.
Source: NorthJersey.com | New Jersey |
January 18, 2013
The state’s one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, imposed last year by Gov. Christie, expired, and environmental groups lamented that the state is now exposed to the potential pollution that many critics say can be caused by the The controversial drilling practice.
Outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, a former Governing Public of the Year, will be named administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) soon, according to a report by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Source: AP/San Francisco Chronicle | Utah |
January 3, 2013
As Utah's air quality worsens, state regulators are working on a set of plans to limit everyday emissions, from banning the sale of aerosol deodorants and hair spray to prohibiting wood burning in fireplaces more often.
Source: New York Times | New York |
January 3, 2013
As the governor weighs whether to approve fracking, the state found in an analysis that the much-debated drilling technology could be conducted safely, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times from an expert who did not believe it should be kept secret.
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.