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Florida Pushing ALEC, CSG Sham Fracking Chemical Disclosure Model Bill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

While some speculate as to whether fracking will ever actually happen in Florida, the oil and gas industry has shown it's serious about developing this shale basin and will host the "Emerging Shale Plays USA" conference in Houston, Texas from April 24-25.

ALEC Sham Chemical Disclosure Model Tucked Into Illinois Fracking Bill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s target list for putting the oil industry's interests ahead of the public interest.

John Celock

States Face 'Threats To The Social Order' From Trillions In Worker Payments

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- State finances are teetering with $4 trillion in unfunded liabilities to cover pensions and health care for state workers, along with re...

States Need Innovation Not Bankruptcy

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

While it is tempting for Washington to lecture the state governments, it would be far better for our national leaders to work with states to address our mutual budget challenges.

States Poised to Make the Decisions of a Decade

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

With the midterm over all eyes will soon turn to state capitols for redistricting decisions that will likely echo out for a decade to come.

ADA at 20: The View From the States

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

For Americans living with a disability, the future of the services they depend on to live is tied to a host of tough budget choices and Byzantine requirements faced by policymakers in the state house as well as the White House.

Maryland Trying To Secede From The South

AP | BRIAN WITTE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's official song may include a line about "Northern scum" left over from the Civil War era, but the state isn't feeling...

Shaping the Legacy of the Recovery Act: A View from the States

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

While the New Deal was about federal agencies, the Recovery Act is about federal partnership, with states leading the charge in providing essential services to the vulnerable while jump-starting economic growth.