HI GOV VETOES VACATION RENTAL TAX BILL

HAWAII Gov. David Ige (D) vetoed a bill (SB 1292) that would have required websites like Airbnb to collect and remit taxes on behalf of vacation rental “hosts.” The governor said he was concerned about legitimizing illegal vacation rental operations, and he wanted to coordinate with counties like Honolulu that have approved new regulations cracking down on illegal rentals. (ASSOCIATED PRESS, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

WI GOV GETS CREATIVE WITH BUDGET VETOES

WISCONSIN Gov. Tony Evers (D) used his veto pen 78 times on the state budget passed by the state’s GOP-controlled Legislature, in one case managing to allocate $87 million more for K-12 education than lawmakers approved. The action was reminiscent of the so-called “Frankenstein veto” former Gov. Jim Doyle (D) used to provide $330 more in education funding than approved in the budget passed by lawmakers in 2005. (WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL [MADISON])

AK LAWMAKERS FAIL TO OVERRIDE GOV’S BUDGET VETOES

ALASKA’s Republican-controlled Legislature failed to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s (R) veto of $444 million from the state’s operating budget. A three-fourths supermajority vote of the Legislature is needed for an override, but about a third of the state’s lawmakers were absent from the Capitol in Juneau, opting to meet in Wasilla instead (see “Special Session Schism in AK” in Politics & Leadership). (ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS)

KY TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION FOR PENSION RELIEF

KENTUCKY will likely hold a pension-related special session on July 19, according to House Majority Leader John “Bam” Carney (R). The aim of the session will be to provide relief for quasi-governmental groups facing skyrocketing pension costs starting this month. (LOUSVILLE COURIER JOURNAL)

VA BEST STATE FOR BUSINESS

VIRGINIA, which just became the new home for Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters, claimed the No. 1 spot in CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business study for the fourth time, having previously done so in 2007, 2009 and 2011. The annual survey, first conducted in 2007, ranks all 50 states on business competitiveness using over 60 metrics in 10 categories, including cost of doing business, economy, quality of life and workforce. (CNBC)

--Compiled by KOREY CLARK