BOSTON — On the Republican campaign trail, the health care debate has focused on the mandatory coverage that Mitt Romneysigned into law as governor in 2006. But back in Massachusetts the conversation has moved on, and lawmakers are now confronting the problem that Mr. Romney left unaddressed: the state’s spiraling health care costs.
After three years of study, the state’s legislative leaders appear close to producing bills that would make Massachusetts [...]
Washington (CNN) — Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray and jumpstart the nominating process a month earlier than party leaders had hoped.
Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon told CNN on Tuesday that a state commission exploring potential primary dates is likely to [...]
from left to right: Kurt Zellers, Amy Koch, and Governor Mark Dayton met with the media Tuesday morning July 19, 2011, to announce the special session to begin at 3 p.m. today. Zellers is Speaker of the House and his colleague Koch is Senate Majority Leader. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff) (Chris Polydoroff)
After 19 days of unwanted world attention, Minnesota’s historic state government shutdown is on [...]
From left to right, Molly Pederson, of Richfield, Minn., Jessica Schaum, of St. Paul, Minn., and Jennifer Lynch, of Minneapolis, Minn., attend a rally at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., in response to the state government shutdown, calling on legislators to preserve state park funding, Saturday, July 9, 2011. Participants pitched tents on the Capitol lawn staging a mock campout.
Instead of sending [...]
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
The Newark Star-Ledger has some explosive quotes from one of the two Democratic legislative leaders who recently reached a compromise on a pension reform bill with Gov. Chris Christie regarding the overall state budget:
Senate President Stephen Sweeney went to bed furious Thursday night after reviewing the governor’s line-item veto of the state budget.
He woke up Friday morning even angrier.
“This is all about him being a bully and a [...]
By Todd Melby
(Reuters) – Tara and Jose Garcia wanted to spend the holiday weekend camping with their four children.
But a Minnesota government shutdown prevented them from pitching a tent at a state park. So they checked out county campgrounds, only to find those parks overflowing with people.
“It’s bulls–t,” said Tara Garcia of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. “I am just feeling, ‘Are you kidding? C’mon!’”
So the Garcias [...]
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s state government began a broad shut down on Friday going into the July 4 holiday after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders failed to reach a budget deal.
Parts of the government had already begun to shut down on Thursday ahead of the midnight budget deadline, including some websites and dozens of highway rest stops on one of the biggest travel [...]
Talks imploded Thursday between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders in the final hours before a midnight deadline, and Minnesota began a historic government shutdown.
“This is a night of deep sorrow for me,” Dayton said in an address at 10 p.m. that was punctuated by jeers and hisses from Republicans, including some lawmakers.
The governor said his last offer would have raised income taxes only on those earning more [...]
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Only a limited array of state services would continue in Minnesota if there is a government shutdown Friday, a judge ruled.
Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin decided Wednesday that the state must continue funding basic custodial care for residents in prisons, treatment centers and nursing homes, as well as public safety and immediate public health concerns.
Also, it must provide benefit payments [...]
Madison – Acting with unusual speed, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to all but end collective bargaining for tens of thousands of public workers.
The court found a committee of lawmakers was not subject to the state’s open meetings law, and so did not violate that law when they hastily approved the measure and made it possible for the Senate to take it up. In [...]
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge for the second time directed the state to put on hold an explosive law that strips most public workers of nearly all their union bargaining rights, ordering officials on Tuesday to follow her original instructions to stand down.
“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of (the law) was enjoined,” said [...]
MADISON, Wis. — A Dane County judge has issued a restraining order on Friday to block publication of the state’s collective bargaining law.Judge Maryann Sumi issued the order to temporarily block the law as Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne had requested as part of his lawsuit.Ozanne filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Republican legislative leaders of violating Wisconsin’s open meetings law during the rushed [...]
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to a joint session of the Nevada Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at the Legislature in CarsonÂ City.
CARSON CITY â€” Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday called for â€œan adult conversationâ€ about prostitution in Nevada, saying it is an impediment to economic development because it discourages businesses from moving here.
â€œNevada needs to be known as the first [...]
Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) — In what union leaders say is becoming a national fight, protests against legislation to restrict public employeesâ€™ collective-bargaining rights spread from Wisconsin to Ohio.
In Madison, Wisconsin, crowds that police estimated at 25,000 engulfed the Capitol and its lawns yesterday during a third-straight day of protests as Democratic senators boycotted the legislative session. In Columbus, Ohio, about 3,800 state workers, teachers and other public employees came to [...]
Wisconsin unions geared up Wednesday for a second day of powerful protests designed to pressure lawmakers to halt a sweeping anti-labor bill that would essentially strip workers of their collective bargaining rights so Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature can control the state budget.
Thousands of students, teachers and other workers clogged a hearing for hours and camped out at the Capitol overnight, and so many [...]
1)Â With projected revenues dropping by as much as $1 billion, Oregon leaders debate what to do
“SALEM — Oregon’s state budget picture is bleaker than previously thought, with revenues down by as much as $1 billion since the Legislature wrote the current, $14 billion two-year spending plan.
On Tuesday, Gov. Ted Kulongoski advised legislative leaders, school superintendents and agency directors that state economists expect tax collections [...]