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States With Most to Lose by Elimination of SALT Deduction | 12-15-2017

Taxpayers in nine high-income, high-tax states claimed more than 60 percent of the state and local tax (SALT) deductions on federal tax returns nationwide in 2014, according to the Tax Foundation. Seven of those states, which include California, where...

Most States Taking Action on Cybersecurity | 12-08-2017

As of Oct. 30 at least 43 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-seven of those states have enacted...

CHIP Money Running Out in States | 12-01-2017

At least 11 states will exhaust their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds before the end of the year, if Congress fails to extend federal funding for the program, according to a survey of state Medicaid officials by the Kaiser Family...

Pension Problems Worsen in Most States | 11-17-2017

As of 2016, the last year for which complete data is available, states had only 71.1 percent of the assets they needed to cover future pension payments to retirees, down from 74.5 percent in 2015. New Jersey was in the worst shape, with a pension funding...

States Preparing for Legal Sports Betting | 11-10-2017

Thirteen states have introduced and three have passed legislation this year dealing with the legalization of sports betting, currently prohibited in all but a handful of states by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress...

Sexual Harassment Prevalent Problem in Statehouses | 11-03-2017

Incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault involving female state lawmakers, legislative staff or lobbyists have been reported recently in at least 16 states. The legislatures in all of those states have training programs or policies in place to...

Major Disasters Plague Many States | 10-20-2017

As of October 17, there have been 15 weather- or climate-related disaster events this year that have caused over $1 billion in damage in a single state or group of states, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s...

Equifax Breach Spurs State Legislation | 10-13-2017

At least five states have introduced legislation this year, or prefiled bills for next year, that appear to have been spurred by the recent data breach at Equifax, according to Lexis Nexis State Net’s legislative tracking system. Most of the measures...

Correlation Between Gun Deaths And Gun Ownership In States | 10-06-2017

States with higher rates of gun ownership generally have higher gun death rates than those with lower gun ownership rates, according to an analysis of 2013 data from the peer-reviewed journal Injury Prevention and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention...

Seven States Have Minimum Staffing Requirements For Dialysis Centers | 09-29-2017

Seven states have set minimum staffing levels for dialysis clinics through administrative regulations, according to analysis by the Service Employees International Union. California also considered an SEIU-backed bill ( SB 349 ) this year that, if passed...

States With Most NAFTA Trade Exposure | 09-15-2017

In 2016 North Dakota sent a larger proportion of its exports (82 percent) to Canada, and New Mexico sent a bigger share of its exports (43 percent) to Mexico, than any other states, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Fitch Ratings. Sixty...

Autonomous Vehicle Enactments Accelerating In States | 09-08-2017

Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles on its roads in 2011. A few states, including California, Florida and Nevada, enacted laws dealing with such vehicles over the next few years, with the exception of 2014,...

Majority Of States Have Adopted “Skills Equity” Policies | 09-01-2017

Thirty-one states have adopted policies aimed at expanding access to middle-skill jobs, those that require education and training beyond high school but not a college degree and which comprise the biggest share of the labor market, according to the National...

Texas’ Infrastructure Best In Nation In 2017 | 08-18-2017

Texas has the best infrastructure in the country, according to CNBC’s 2017 “America’s Top States for Business” rankings . With only 1.7 percent of its bridges deemed “structurally deficient” but a 25.6 minute average...

More States Now Protect Against ‘Balance Billing’ | 08-11-2017

As of January of this year, 21 states had enacted legislation or regulations providing at least some direct consumer protection from balance billing, the practice among out-of-network healthcare providers of billing patients when the patients’ insurance...

The Four Types of State Health Care Benefits Exchanges | 08-04-2017

With a GOP plan to fully or partly repeal the Affordable Care Act now dead, Congressional attention has turned to how or if to bolster the individual insurance marketplace. In many states such marketplaces are struggling with both rising premiums and...

Medicaid Key To ACA Reform Failure | 07-21-2017

Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 31 states and the District of Columbia have used the law to offer health coverage to millions of previously uninsured residents through expansion of their joint federal-state Medicaid programs. Proposals...

States Address Insurance Requirements For TNC Drivers | 07-14-2017

Eleven states have enacted legislation in 2017 dealing with insurance requirements for drivers of transportation network companies, or TNCs, like Uber and Lyft, according to LexisNexis State Net’s Legislative Tracking System . Two states also failed...

Cybersecurity Big Concern In States | 07-07-2017

As of mid-June at least 41 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Sixteen of those states have enacted legislation, and two have adopted resolutions...

States Seek To Curb Rising Drug Prices | 06-30-2017

At least five states have enacted laws this year aimed at curbing the rise of prescription drug prices, including through increasing transparency of drug pricing by manufacturers. Drug price bills are also still pending in more than a dozen states, including...

Vermont Nation’s ‘Greenest’ State | 06-16-2017

Vermont is the “greenest” state in the country, and Wyoming is the least “green,” according to analysis by the personal finance website WalletHub. WalletHub’s analysts compared all 50 states on the basis of 20 measures of...

Policing Reform Laws More Prevalent ‘Than Blue Lives Matter’ Laws | 06-09-2017

Since 2014, 30 states have enacted laws addressing police violence, including those limiting the use of force, and requiring de-escalation and anti-bias training for officers, according to Campaign Zero, a policing reform effort initiated by activists...

Dozen States Enact Private-Sector Pension Plan Measures | 06-02-2017

Since 2012, 32 states have introduced legislation to establish retirement plans for workers in the private sector or study the feasibility of providing such plans, according to the Pension Rights Center, AARP and Georgetown University’s Center for...

California Spends Most On Medicaid | 05-19-2017

Almost $82 billion was spent on Medicaid in California in FY 2016 - $52.6 billion (64.1 percent) by the federal government and $29.4 billion (35.9 percent) by the state - according to January 2017 estimates from the Urban Institute, based on data from...

Drivers In South Use Cell Phones Most | 05-12-2017

Drivers in southern states used their cell phones more than those in the rest of the country between April 2016 and March 2017, according to data collected on the 2.7 million car trips taken and 230 million miles driven by users of online insurance marketplace...

Loose Geographic Pattern To White, Middle-Aged Male Suicides | 05-04-2017

Of the 42 states for which reliable data is available, New Mexico had the highest rate of suicides in 2015 among white men between the ages of 45 and 54, at 67.9 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s...

Partisan Divide On ‘Sanctuary’ Legislation | 04-28-2017

Legislation prohibiting or otherwise opposing local government adoption of policies restricting cooperation with federal immigration authorities has been introduced in at least 22 mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures this session. Three of...

Some States Pulling Plug On Electric Car Incentives | 04-14-2017

States have been offering tax credits and other financial incentives for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles since the 1990s. But at least seven states have recently repealed or exhausted the funding of their programs, or allowed the programs...

Republicans Control Nearly Half Of State Governments | 04-07-2017

Republicans control both chambers of the legislature and the governor’s office in 24 states, while Democrats hold that level of control over the government in just seven. Control of the legislative and executive branch is split between the two parties...

Opioid Overdose Rates Up and Rising in States | 03-31-2017

Between 2014 and 2015 death rates due to opioid overdose rose by over 25 percent - more than twice the national average (11 percent) - in five states and the District of Columbia. The five states with the highest opioid death rates in 2015 were West Virginia...

Dams With ‘High Hazard Potential’ Scattered Across U.S. | 03-17-2017

As of 2015, 1,235 of North Carolina’s dams were classified as “high hazard potential” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the highest number in the nation. Texas had 1,212 dams with that same hazard potential, meaning that a...

Over Half Of States With Initiative Process Governed By GOP | 03-10-2017

Twenty-four states have a process allowing citizens to propose and submit statutes and/or constitutional amendments for approval by the electorate or legislature, according to the Initiative & Referendum Institute. Republicans control the legislature...

Many States Offer Publicly Funded Private School Choice | 03-03-2017

Fifteen states offer school voucher programs allowing parents of school-age children to use part or all of the public funding allocated for their children’s education to send them to private school, according to EdChoice, a nonpartisan, nonprofit...

ACA Insurer Participation Down In 2017 | 02-17-2017

Of the 39 states for which data is currently available, five have only one insurer participating in their Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces this year, up from just one state, Wyoming, in that situation last year, according to analysis...

New York And Florida Agencies Top Cybersecurity Rankings | 02-10-2017

The New York State Education Department, Florida Governor and Wisconsin Government were the state entities with the strongest cybersecurity standards of 600 local, state and federal government organizations analyzed and ranked in February 2016 by the...

Largest Sanctuary Cities Facing Loss Of $2B In Federal Funds | 02-03-2017

An executive order signed last month by President Donald Trump threatens to cut off over $2B in federal funding for the nation’s largest sanctuary cities, according to analysis by Reuters. Those cities range from Denver, with $20.4 million in federal...

FY 2017 Revenues Below Projections In Nearly Half Of States | 01-20-2017

Revenue collections in the first few months of fiscal 2017 were below projections in 24 states, the highest number early in the fiscal year - which for most states begins July 1 - since fiscal 2010, according to the National Association of State Budget...

Handful of Democrat-Led States to Oppose Trump Policies | 01-13-2017

California and New York are “emerging as the East and West Coast headquarters” of the Democratic resistance to immigration and other policies proposed by Republican President-elect Donald Trump that are opposed by progressives, according to...

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Autonomous Vehicle Laws Accelerating in States | 12-09-2016

Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles in 2011. In the years since then, seven other states - California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah - and the District of Columbia...

Twenty-Six States Have Citywide, Countywide Or Statewide Sanctuary Policies | 12-02-2016

Four states have statewide laws limiting how much local officials have to cooperate with requests from federal authorities to detain undocumented immigrants, according to analysis of data from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center by the New York Times...

States Offering Retirement Plans To Private-Sector Workers | 11-18-2016

In September California became the eighth state to pass a retirement savings plan for private-sector workers, since Massachusetts became the first to do so in 2012, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Retirement Initiatives. Another...

Republicans Maintain Statehouse Dominance | 11-11-2016

Going into the Nov. 8 election, Republicans controlled both chambers of the legislature in 30 states, while Democrats controlled both chambers in 12, and 7 statehouses were split between the two parties. (Nebraska’s Legislature is technically nonpartisan...

Higher Ed Funding Still Well Below Pre-Recession Levels In Most States | 11-04-2016

State spending on higher education nationwide is down nearly $10 billion - an average of $1,598, or 18 percent, per student - from where it was before the Great Recession began in 2008, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Per-student...

Some State Laws Hospitable To Unauthorized Immigrants | 10-21-2016

Most states effectively bar unauthorized immigrants from obtaining a driver’s license by requiring a Social Security number for doing so. But 10 states allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license with a foreign passport or birth...

Liberal Issues Figure Prominently On State’s November Ballots | 10-14-2016

Left-leaning issues are among the most common subjects for state ballot measures this year. Voters in five states will consider whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and voters in four states will weigh medical marijuana measures. Four states’...

Washington Started Decade With Highest Facebook User Rate | 10-07-2016

As of 2010, the state with the highest Facebook penetration rate - and conceivably one of the most social media-friendly populations, given Facebook’s status then and now as the nation’s most popular social networking site - was Washington...

Public Access To Police Body Cam Footage Hot Issue In States | 09-30-2016

Twenty-one states have passed laws governing public access to police body camera footage, according to CNN and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. A few of those measures, including North Carolina HB 972 , were signed into law in the last...

Numerous State Legislative Chambers ‘In Play’ This Year | 09-16-2016

Eighteen legislative chambers in 13 states are vulnerable to a shift of party control in the November elections, according to Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twelve of those chambers are currently held by Republicans, while...

New Voting Restrictions In Place For November Election | 09-09-2016

New voting restrictions, including strict voter ID requirements and scaled back early voting periods, are set to be in effect for the first time in a presidential election this year in 15 states. In another five states restrictions will be in effect for...