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Governors in Brief - April 15 2019

NEWSOM TO PARTNER WITH CA CITIES ON HOUSING

CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced his administration would partner with a handful of Golden State cities to help develop affordable housing on state-owned properties. The announcement came after the state Department of General Services completed an audit to determine the total number of vacant state-owned properties that could possibly be used for housing. (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

 

JUSTICE UNDER FIRE IN WV

Two county Republican Party committees adopted votes of no confidence in WEST VIRGINIA Gov. Jim Justice (R) last week after revelations that the governor still owes $4 million in fines to the federal government over safety violations at coal mines he owns. News stories also revealed that federal authorities are investigating another family-owned business, the Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA’s Greenbrier Classic tournament. (METRO NEWS [CHARLESTON], NPR)

 

ND HOUSE REJECTS BURGUM MEDICAID PITCH

The NORTH DAKOTA House Budget Committee rejected Gov. Doug Burgum’s proposal to have the Department of Human Services administer Medicaid expansion and cut provider reimbursement rates. Burgum said the changes would free up money to “reinvest in access to behavioral health services.” (BISMARCK TRIBUNE)

 

REYNOLDS SIGNS IA CAREGIVER BILL

IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed legislation (SF 210) that will ensure a voluntary family caregiver is recorded when a person is admitted into a hospital.  The designation is voluntary, and that family caregiver must be notified when the patient is scheduled to be discharged. Hospital personnel are further bound to discuss the caregivers’ abilities and limitations and to provide the caregiver with an explanation of the patient’s care needs at home. (WATERLOO COURIER)

 

RAIMONDO PUSHES MORE FREE RI COLLEGE

Saying “we’re living in a world where it’s becoming almost impossible to get out of high school and go get a good job,” RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) asked lawmakers to expand the state’s free college tuition program. Under Raimondo’s proposal, the state would fund scholarships for the last two years of college for in-state students and grant free tuition and fees at the Community College of Rhode Island to all state residents 25 years or older without a degree, provided they enroll continuously. (BROWN DAILY HERALD [PROVIDENCE])

 

-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN