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State Budgets Still Plagued By Little Room For Big Ideas, Report Shows

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) - U.S. state budgets appear to be stabilizing, budget gaps are rare and policymakers have more flexibility to deal with o...

'What Brand Are You Smoking?' Marijuana Tops List Of New State Laws

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Dec 24 (Reuters) - "What brand are you smoking?," could become a more routine question among Coloradans in...

Fracking Lobby's Tax Forms: Big Bucks to Media Outlets, "Other ALECs"

Steve Horn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) -- the public relations arm of the oil and gas fracking industry -- has released its 2012 Internal Revenue Services (IRS) 990 form, and it's rich with eye-opening revelations.

Wacky Bill Now In Jan Brewer's Hands

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

By David Schwartz PHOENIX, April 30 (Reuters) - The Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to make gold and silver legal currenc...

Ryan Grim

Senate Battles Over Online Sales Taxes | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Merchants, bankers, small businesses, bizarre coalitions, Dick Durbin and Mike Enzi: The Senate is re-enacting its great swipe fee battl...

Guns On Campus: Popular Among Conservatives, Hated By College Leaders

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.11.2013 | College

As the national conversation continues to focus on how to address gun violence, groups like the NRA and Students For Concealed Carry have advocated pu...

Ian Gray

State Legislators Sent Back To School | Ian Gray | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

State legislators from around the country are stopping into classrooms this year to meet with students as part of the "America's Legislators Back to S...

John Celock

State Lawmakers Say Congress Should Keep Extended Unemployment Benefits | John Celock | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- State lawmakers from across the country agreed at their annual summit last week in Chicago that Congress needs to keep extended unemploymen...

Elise Foley

Immigration Laws Passed Less Frequently In 2012 | Elise Foley | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a recent climb, the number of immigration bills and resolutions passed by state legislatures fell significantly in the first half ...

Nate Willis

State Budget Crisis Outlined By New Report Draws Response From Government Groups | Nate Willis | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new report has projected a $4 trillion shortfall for states and potentially dire consequences if they do not change their budget pract...

Nate Willis

States Hunting For Young Blood | Nate Willis | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

College students, beware! The National Conference of State Legislatures is coming for you. With a recent survey showing that very few state legisl...

Colorado Hosts Highest Percentage Of Women Lawmakers In The Nation

Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Forty-one women were sworn into the state legislature in Denver this week, strengthening Colorado's long standing as the women-lawmaker capitol of the...

State Budgets: Times Are Tough All Over

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan J. Demas

When we're taxing candy, brothels and pot, we know our states are having difficulty balancing the budget.