Governors

Snyder Unveils New MI Water Lead Limits | 03-17-2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) unveiled a seven-part plan last week to implement strict new statewide water quality standards. Inspired by a significant issue with lead contamination in the water supply for the city of Flint, the new Wolverine State standards...

Governors In Brief - March 20 2017 | 03-17-2017

Martinez Vetoes Slew of Bipartisan NM Bills NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez (R) surprised lawmakers in both parties last week by vetoing without explanation at least nine Senate-sponsored bills, most of which had wide bipartisan support. The vetoes...

Baker Vows to Fund MA Planned Parenthood | 03-10-2017

Saying Massachusetts has “a responsibility” to help women obtain health care services, Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said the state will make up any budget shortfalls suffered by Planned Parenthood if Congress follows through on a threat to cut federal...

Hutchinson Proposes AR Medicaid Changes | 03-10-2017

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has proposed several reforms to the Razorback State’s hybrid Medicaid plan, including lowering the program’s eligibility to 100 percent of the federal poverty level – down from 138 percent – and...

Some GOP Govs Unhappy With Proposed ACA Changes | 03-10-2017

Some GOP governors have expressed disappointment at the changes to the Affordable Care Act proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said governors had asked House lawmakers to work with them on changes, but that...

Governors in Brief - March 13 2017 | 03-10-2017

Malloy Pitches Justice System Reform for CT Young Offenders : Saying we need “a society where young people who make mistakes don’t pay a price forever,” CONNECTICUT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) proposed creating a new category of “young...

Hogan Declares MD Opioid Emergency | 03-03-2017

Saying “We need to treat this crisis the exact same way we treat any other state emergency,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared a state of emergency last week over the state’s growing number of opioid overdose deaths. Hogan also...

Rauner Outlines IL Medicaid Revamp | 03-03-2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) revealed details of his proposal to overhaul how the Prairie State provides health care to its poorest residents through Medicaid. Tenets would include increasing the number of Medicaid recipients covered under managed care...

Governors In Brief - March 6 2017 | 03-03-2017

Wolf Pitches Job Protection Plan PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said new businesses that accept state grants to start their companies must be held accountable for the jobs they say they will create. Wolf’s budget proposal includes a three-point...

Cooper Proposes NC HB 2 Compromise | 02-17-2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) proposed what he called “a common sense” compromise to his standoff with lawmakers over the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” which requires transgender people to use restrooms in public...

Cuomo Blocks NYC Plastic Bag Ordinance | 02-17-2017

Saying he wants to work with lawmakers to pass a statewide law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation that blocks a New York City ordinance that would have imposed a 5-cent fee on plastic bags used by retailers in the Big Apple. Cuomo said...

New AL AG Reveals Gov Under Investigation | 02-17-2017

Just days after Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) named Steve Marshall to replace Luther Strange as State Attorney General, Marshall confirmed what had long only been rumored: that Bentley is under criminal investigation by the AG’s office. Ironically...

Governors In Brief - February 20 2017 | 02-17-2017

Hickenlooper Offers CA Pot Advice Saying his state “made an awful lot of mistakes,” COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) shared some insights into regulating legal marijuana with a CALIFORNIA legislative committee last week, telling lawmakers...

Cooper Says NC HB 2 Repeal Urgent | 02-10-2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) called on Tar Heel State lawmakers to quickly repeal 2016’s controversial “bathroom bill” or risk losing over 130 NCAA championship events over the next six years. The measure bars local municipalities...

Snyder Forms MI Pension Task Force | 02-10-2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has created a task force charged with devising a plan for taking on $14 billion in unfunded liabilities for municipal employee pensions and retiree health care. Snyder named 23 people to the group, which is expected to have...

VA Lawmakers Look To Grab Regulatory Power From Gov | 02-10-2017

The Virginia Senate endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment last week ( SJR 295 ) that would allow lawmakers to veto regulations proposed by agencies under executive branch control with a simple majority vote. Supporters called the proposal necessary...

Governors In Brief - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

McAuliffe Vows Vetoes VIRGINIA Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said last week he would veto any measures sent to him by lawmakers that discriminate against the LGBTQ community or which seek to force so-called “sanctuary cities” to cooperate with...

Cuomo Wants To Make Abortion Constitutional Right | 02-03-2017

Hedging against a possible overturn of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced he will seek to codify abortion rights into the Empire State constitution. “We will not allow the progress of...

Dayton, Brown Undergo Cancer Treatment | 02-03-2017

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) said he is evaluating options for treatment for prostate cancer. Dayton revealed last month he had the disease after he collapsed while giving his annual State of the State address to lawmakers. Dayton said he is weighing...

Governors In Brief - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

LA Seeking Private Help for Roads Transportation officials in LOUSIANA said last week they will for the first time seek help from private firms in fast tracking road congestion mitigation projects in the Pelican State. The work would take place along...

Baker Proposes Fining MA Employers That Don’t Offer Health Insurance | 01-20-2017

Seeking to address rising health costs, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has proposed reinstating a law that would fine employers for not offering health care insurance to their workers. Baker’s proposal would also cap payments to some health...

Raimondo Calls For Focus On Manufacturing | 01-20-2017

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) used her annual State of the State address to call for the state to “rebuild and reinvent” the Ocean State’s manufacturing sector. Raimondo said she believes the state has its strongest workforce,...

Governors In Brief - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

Christie Signs Opioid EO Sticking to his vow to address the state’s rising opioid abuse epidemic, NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) issued Executive Order No. 219, which declares opioid abuse to be a public health crisis and creates a state...

Cuomo Pitches Free Tuition, Statehouse Ethics: | 01-13-2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) chose a highly unorthodox format for his annual State of the State address this year: forsaking a speech made to lawmakers in favor of a weeklong statewide tour in which he presented his agenda to audiences in six different...

Cooper Seeks Longshot NC Medicaid Expansion: | 01-13-2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) notified federal officials of his intention to expand Medicaid in the Tar Heel State, setting up a potential legal battle with the GOP-dominated General Assembly. Republicans contend that a 2013 state law specifically...

Christie Turns Focus to Drug Addiction: | 01-13-2017

Saying “Our children are dying,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vowed during his last State of the State speech to focus his attention this year on battling drug addiction in the Garden State. Christie unveiled a number of proposals...

Governors in Brief - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

Ducey Seeks to Repeal AZ Welfare Limit : Just six months into a new policy that limits welfare recipients to no more than a year on public assistance, ARIZONA Gov. Rob Ducey (R) proposed last week returning to the previous limit of two years. The one...

Brown Vows CA Will Fight Trump On Climate Goals | 12-16-2016

Saying “we’ve got the firepower,” California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) told a gathering of scientists on Wednesday that his state is ready to fight back against anticipated efforts by the incoming Trump administration to impede or halt their...

Hogan Intros Transportation, Manufacturing, Ed Proposals: | 12-16-2016

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has unveiled a series of agenda items he plans to pursue in the new legislative session, including the repeal of a law adopted earlier this year that requires state officials to rate and rank proposed transportation projects...

Cooper Threatens Suit over GOP Power Grab | 12-16-2016

North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper (D) threatened to sue the GOP-dominated Tar Heel State Legislature last week over the Republicans’ move to limit gubernatorial powers before he takes office. Cooper was reacting to legislation proposed in a surprise...

Governors In Brief - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Board Denies Funds for OR Women’s Prison The OREGON Emergency Board rejected a plea by state correction officials for $3.8 million to help re-open the Oregon State Penitentiary Minimum in Salem to augment the state’s only current women’s...

Hogan Proposes Paid Sick Leave | 12-09-2016

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) unveiled a proposal last week to require Old Line State employers with 50 or more workers to provide them with at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Part-time employees would need to work at least 30 hours per week...

Baker Launches New Anti-Opioid Effort | 12-09-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) launched a new two-year pilot program last week aimed at curbing opioid abuse among workers who are injured on the job. The effort is aimed at helping people with settled workers’ compensation cases who are being...

Governors in Brief - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Gov. Mead Says No Medicaid Expansion in WY Citing the uncertainty of America’s health care system under the new administration, WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead (R) said he will not push Equality State lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage this session...

Cuomo Sets Up NY Hate Crime Unit | 12-02-2016

Responding to an uptick in hate crimes since the Nov. 8 election, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently announced the creation of a special State Police unit to combat those incidents. The governor also announced a legislative effort to expand the Empire...

Hickenlooper Wants Pot Dollars For The Homeless | 12-02-2016

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D) 2017 budget proposal includes a plan to divert $16.3 million in annual marijuana tax revenues to help pay for a trio of new programs intended to fight homelessness in the Centennial State. The governor’s...

Governors In Brief - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

Gov. Kasich Urges Reduced Medical Licensing Boards OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) and lawmakers are working on a plan to consolidate the Buckeye State’s multiple medical licensing boards. Legislation currently under consideration in the General Assembly...

Cuomo Revives NYC Affordable Housing Program | 11-18-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is taking another shot at reviving a program to build affordable apartment housing for low income New York City residents. The deal Cuomo brokered between the 100,000 member Building and Construction Trades Council...

Governors In Brief - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Hickenlooper Pondering Slower Hospital Growth in CO COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) told reporters last week he might propose requiring hospitals seeking to expand to file proof with the state to show there is a need for such growth. At least 35...

GOP Gains More Governorships | 11-11-2016

In another huge electoral night for Republicans, the GOP picked up three additional governorships, with at least one more race too close to call. The party gained the chief executive office in three states previously held by Democrats – Vermont...

McCrory Prepares for Recount Battle in NC | 11-11-2016

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) filed paperwork last Thursday to establish a legal defense fund in preparation for an expected legal battle over Tuesday’s election. Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper, who now holds a slight lead...

Governors In Brief - November 14 2016 | 11-11-2016

Oregon Elects First LGBTQ Governor OREGON Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) re-election marks the first time an openly LGBTQ person has been elected governor in any state. Brown is bi-sexual. She was looking to fill out the remainder of former Gov. John...

Dayton Planning Health Care Special Session | 11-04-2016

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and legislative leaders laid the groundwork for a post-election special session aimed at helping Gopher State residents deal with dramatic health insurance premium hikes set to go into effect in January. Dayton met privately...

Governors In Brief - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

Scott Asks Feds to Speed Up Zika Funds FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott (R) urged the Obama administration to expedite federal funds to help the Sunshine State battle the growth of the Zika virus. Congress approved $1.1 billion in emergency funds in September...

Shumlin Proposes VT Painkiller Limits | 10-21-2016

In an effort to fight his state’s ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse and deaths, Vermont Gov. Pete Shumlin (D) proposed limiting the prescription of painkiller medications. Under his plan, doctors would have to consider the severity and duration...

Cuomo Pushes New NY Parole Regulations | 10-21-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed new regulations that would require parole boards to consider both an inmate’s personal needs as well as his or her risk to the public before being released. “Confidence in the criminal justice...

Governors In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

LA Judge Rejects Edwards LGBT Directive Saying the law was unclear, a LOUISIANA judge rejected an attempt by Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) to force the state Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) to okay legal contracts that include anti-discrimination language...

MN Gov Says Affordable Care Act No Longer Affordable | 10-14-2016

Calling impending health insurance price hikes “a very serious problem,” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) said reforming the six-year-old healthcare system must be a priority for state and federal lawmakers in 2017. Dayton’s comments in...

WA Gov. Inslee Orders Anti-Opioid Efforts | 10-14-2016

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) issued an executive order ( EO 16-09 ) earlier this month directing state agencies to devise a broad plan to combat opioid abuse in the Evergreen State. The order directs state agencies, tribal governments and private partners...

Governors In Brief - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Baker Starts MA Justice Selection Process MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced last Tuesday that the 12-member state Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission will start screening applicants to replace soon-retiring Justices Margot Botsford...