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Governors in Brief - July 16 2018

DUCEY DECRIES ‘RECKLESS’ CALLS TO ABOLISH ICE

In an op-ed in USA Today last week, ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said calls from a growing number of Democratic officials to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were “reckless” and “misguided.” Ducey noted that ICE was create after the 9-11 terrorist attacks amidst a wave of bipartisan support, and he urged congressional and other leaders to “channel even just a bit of the unity and bipartisanship that inspired the strengthening of our security and borders.” (USA TODAY)

GOVS IN OH, FL BATTLE ALGAE

Two Republican governors took action last week to mitigate the impact of toxic algae blooms on state waterways. OHIO Gov. John Kasich issued an executive order seeking new regulations on agricultural runoff cited as a primary cause of toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. His order came a day after FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in seven Sunshine State counties over toxic algae blooms spawned by runoff from Lake Okeechobee. Scott directed state environmental officials to increase testing of affected waters and to set up a grant program to help local governments pay for cleanup projects. (ORLANDO SENTINEL, TOLEDO BLADE)

IMMIGRANT DETENTIONS PROFITABLE FOR IL GOV

New financial disclosures showed that ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) reported earnings from stockholdings in a private equity fund that owns a health care group servicing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. Some of those centers include facilities currently holding immigrant families with children. Rauner said he surrendered control over investment decisions to a third party when he became governor, and has no direct tie to Correct Care Solutions, a for-profit health care company that has millions of dollars in contracts with governments and jail facilities all over the nation. (POLITICO, HILL) 

HOGAN SIGNS MAJOR MD HEALTH CONTRACT

MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed a contract with the federal government last week to enact the Old Line State’s unique all-payer health care system, which sets rates for hospital services, and requires that all payers must charge the same rate for services at a given hospital. Maryland is the only state with such a plan. Under the agreement, the state will be relieved of many of the federal restrictions faced by other states in the Medicare program in exchange for meeting benchmarks of improving access to health care while improving quality and reducing costs. (BALTIMORE SUN, WASHINGTON POST)

IVEY MOVES TO END AL SHERIFFS’ POCKETING JAIL MONEY

ALABAMA Gov. Kay Ivey (R) took initial steps last week to end a practice in the Heart of Dixie that allows sheriffs to personally pocket public money intended to pay for food for jail inmates by ordering the state comptroller to stop depositing some of the jail food money into sheriffs’ personal accounts and instead paying it into sheriffs’ official county accounts. The issue came to light in March when AL.com reported that Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin personally kept more than $750,000 in local, state and federal funds allocated to feed inmates in his jail over the past three years and went on to purchase a $740,000 beach house in September. But Ivey noted that lawmakers will need to change state statute to fully end the practice. (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, AL.COM)

 

--- Compiled by RICH EHISEN