Governors

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...

Brown Reaches Veto High | 10-07-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) recently finished addressing the last of the 1,059 bills lawmakers sent to him this year. Brown vetoed 159 of those measures, roughly 15 percent, a figure almost double the 8 percent overall figure he has accumulated during...

Bentley Creates Gambling Commission | 10-07-2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) announced he is creating a seven-member advisory council on gambling to try to resolve ongoing disagreements with lawmakers over electronic bingo and other issues. The governor said the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming...

Governors In Brief - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

LePage Wants Local Schools to Fund Themselves Saying that schools spend too much money on superintendents, MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) said on his weekly radio show that he will push to have Pine Tree State school districts consolidate administrations...

NJ Intros New Opioid Measures | 09-30-2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) joined with former Gov. Jim McGreevey (D) to announce a series of new or expanded programs designed to help ease the Garden State’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis. Those measures include an emergency order issued...

MA Gov Baker Orders New Emissions Rules | 09-30-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) issued an executive order last month ( EO 569 ) that orders his administration by next spring to develop and implement a statewide plan for specific annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. The order directs...

Governors In Brief - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

Gov. Wolf Urges Passing of PA Opioid Measures Citing “a public health crisis the likes of which we have not before seen,” PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) addressed a rare joint session of the legislature last week to urge them to take action...

Gov. Cuomo Issues Cybersecurity Rules For NY Banks | 09-16-2016

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed new cybersecurity regulations last week that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called the first of their kind in the nation. Cuomo said the rules would apply only to institutions overseen by NYDFS...

MO Lawmakers Override Gov Nixon Vetoes | 09-16-2016

The GOP-dominated Missouri Legislature last week overrode 13 of the 20 vetoes issued this session by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) The measures lawmakers overrode include SB 656 , which allows most adults to obtain a lifetime concealed carry weapons permit while...

Governors In Brief - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

WV Gov Unveils Suicide Prevention Plan WEST VIRGINIA Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) unveiled a plan designed to reduce the number of suicides by military veterans. Dubbed the Mountain State 22 Program – a reference to the number of veterans believed...

KS Govs Join Judicial Retention Fight | 09-09-2016

A quartet of former Kansas governors have waded into a bitter fight in Kansas over whether voters will opt to retain or remove four justices on the Sunflower State Supreme Court. Former Govs. Michael Hayden and Bill Graves, both Republicans, joining with...

ME SOS Rejects Option For Removing Gov. LePage | 09-09-2016

With efforts to call a special session to consider impeaching Gov. Paul LePage (R) going nowhere, a handful of Maine lawmakers asked Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (D) to invoke a never-before-used constitutional clause to report to the state Supreme...

Governors In Brief - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

DE Gov. Markell Signs Mental Health Bills Acting on reforms suggested by a task force he created, DELAWARE Gov. Jack Markell (D) has signed a pair of bills aimed at improving the state’s mental health system. One measure ( SB 245 ) would establish...

Govs Okay With Busting Critters Out Of Hot Cars | 09-02-2016

Sometime this month California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) will weigh in on a measure ( AB 797 ) that would allow someone who encounters a dog or cat left in a hot car to bust the critter out without facing criminal or civil charges. If Brown signs it, he will...

Will Another Bizarre Week From ME Gov Spur Ranked Voting? | 09-02-2016

Another week, another massive dose of heartburn for Maine lawmakers struggling to manage a professional relationship with Gov. Paul LePage (R). In the span of just over a few week the governor known as much for his pugnacious personality and confrontations...

Governors In Brief - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

MN Gov. Issues Bee EO MINNESOTA Gov. Mark Dayton (D) issued Executive Order 16-07 , which limits the use of pesticides that harm the Gopher State’s honeybee population. The governor’s order directs the state’s Department of Agriculture...

CA Gov. Brown Fighting To Keep Cap And Trade | 08-19-2016

California’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions will undoubtedly continue for the foreseeable future. But whether the Golden State’s cap-and-trade program survives past 2020 is far more in question. Last Monday, Brown quietly proposed...

Gov. Martinez Seeks Return Of NM Death Penalty | 08-19-2016

In the wake of the fatal shooting of a police officer, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) said she will push lawmakers to resurrect the death penalty for those who kill police or children during the next legislative session. Martinez pushed to bring...

Governors In Brief - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

Christie Denies Role in Trump Tax Deal NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) denied any involvement in a 2011 tax settlement deal between Garden State officials and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump that allowed his Atlantic City casino to pay only...

Brown Pauses Grid Effort | 08-12-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has put off his effort to merge the Golden State’s electric grid with those of five other Western States. Brown sent a letter last week to lawmakers and governors saying there are still too many questions about how...

Baker Signs Major Economic Development Bill | 08-12-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed legislation last week that promises up to $1 billion in new investments in communities, workforce training, and innovation across the Bay State. The legislation ( HB 4565 ) also implements a number of elements...