October 22 - Election Preview
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MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said a recent report by the state Health Policy Commission has convinced him to vote no on Question 1, a ballot measure that would require strict nurse-to-patient ratios in Bay State hospitals. Baker cited cost estimates of between $676 million and $949 million for his opposition. The Massachusetts Nurses Association, which supports the measure, disputes those figures. (BOSTON HERALD, BOSTON GLOBE)
During a debate with Democratic gubernatorial challenger Lupe Valdez, TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he’s open to reducing the maximum punishment for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana from the current 180 days in jail and a fine of $2,000 to just a fine of $500 with no jail time. (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, TEXAS OBSERVER)
MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) reached a deal with Canadian oil transport company Enbridge to build an oil pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac in a tunnel 100 feet below the lake bottom where Lakes Michigan and Huron connect. The project would take seven to 10 years to complete and cost between $300 million and $650 million. Snyder said all of the cost would be borne by Enbridge, which would then hand over ownership of the line to the state in exchange for being granted a 99-year lease. (DETROIT FREE PRESS)
NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) vowed he would take action to reform the troubled New Jersey Transit Agency in the wake of an audit that showed the system suffered from mismanagement, a lack of funding and poor worker retention. Murphy ordered the audit shortly after taking office earlier this year. He said it would not “allow us to begin rebuilding NJ Transit” and vowed “We are not going to let this audit collect dust.” (NORTHJERSEY.COM, NJSPOTLIGHT)
-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN