State of the States

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    State of the States for 16 February: The Illusion of GOP control in New Hampshire, Alabama’s risky tax incentives, and California’s single-payer long game

State of the States for 16 February: The Illusion of GOP control in New Hampshire, Alabama’s risky tax incentives, and California’s single-payer long game

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In Vermont this week, VTDigger reports that the state Senate has passed a bill which would see the Green Mountain state’s minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2024. The bill now heads to the state House, but has an uncertain future. Governor Phil Scott has indicated […]

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    State of the States for 9 February: Vermont’s plan to buy Canadian drugs, South Carolina’s uncompetitive elections, and Oregon’s budget hoax

State of the States for 9 February: Vermont’s plan to buy Canadian drugs, South Carolina’s uncompetitive elections, and Oregon’s budget hoax

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Saturday, New Hampshire’s Granite Grok is unsurprised that the state’s Attorney General has determined that a ban on firearms on school property was unlawful.  They comment that the state is a “Dillon’s Rule State”, meaning that municipal government – in this case, local school officials – only […]

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    State of the States for 2 February: The war on democracy in Virginia, Cuomo’s war chest, and Idaho’s ‘Kansas-style’ tax cut

State of the States for 2 February: The war on democracy in Virginia, Cuomo’s war chest, and Idaho’s ‘Kansas-style’ tax cut

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In New Hampshire this week, NH Labor News reports that the state Senate has voted to kill a bill which would ban bump stocks in the state, similar to those used in last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

Heading south, RIPR says that Rhode Island Governor has kept […]

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    State of the States for 26 January: New York and Montana take action on net neutrality, big ideas for Arkansas, and Arizona’s landmark opioid bill

State of the States for 26 January: New York and Montana take action on net neutrality, big ideas for Arkansas, and Arizona’s landmark opioid bill

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Monday, VTDigger reports that a public hearing of two legislative committees saw a great deal of support expressed for a publicly funded health plan which would provide primary care for all. The Green Mountain State has previously attempted universal healthcare in 2011 and 2014, but supporters hope […]

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    State of the States for 19 January: GOP worries about Pennsylvania 18th, Wisconsin’s upset election, and Idaho cuts substance abuse services

State of the States for 19 January: GOP worries about Pennsylvania 18th, Wisconsin’s upset election, and Idaho cuts substance abuse services

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Tuesday New Hampshire’s Granite Grok reports on the latest efforts by the state legislature to impose an income tax, which they comment has been “hidden” within another bill covering a family and medical leave insurance program.

Moving down to Rhode Island, RI Future writes that in touting low […]

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    State of the States for 12 January: Chris Christie takes a victory lap, Virginia Democrats out of options, and the brawl for San Francisco mayor

State of the States for 12 January: Chris Christie takes a victory lap, Virginia Democrats out of options, and the brawl for San Francisco mayor

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In New Hampshire this week, Granite Grok names and shames the 33 Republicans in the state legislature who voted alongside Democrats for the state’s Paid Family Lead Act. They accuse them of being Republicans In Name Only – or RINOs – for helping state Democrats to pass “yet […]

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    State of the States for 5 January 2018: The challenge facing New Jersey’s GOP, Virginia’s “bonkers” election draw, and a Democratic feud in Illinois

State of the States for 5 January 2018: The challenge facing New Jersey’s GOP, Virginia’s “bonkers” election draw, and a Democratic feud in Illinois

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Tuesday, VTDigger writes that the 2018 legislative session in Vermont is likely to be contentious. Why? It’s largely down to memories of legislative skirmishes last year involving teachers’ benefits as well as the relative sluggishness in state revenue growth.

Moving on to New York, Capitol Confidential writes that […]

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    State of the States for 1 December: Georgia’s voter silencing, the worst Republican governor in America and the California Supreme Court’s ‘preordained’ decision  

State of the States for 1 December: Georgia’s voter silencing, the worst Republican governor in America and the California Supreme Court’s ‘preordained’ decision  

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Tuesday in the Granite State NH Labor News reports that state Republicans want to change New Hampshire’s labor laws to reduce what they say are regulatory burdens, such as restrictions on when children can work, and requirements to display wage and discrimination laws.

Meanwhile in Vermont, VTDigger says […]

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    State of the States for 24 November: New Jersey’s segregated schools, North Carolina cities take climate change action, and New Mexico’s preemption problem

State of the States for 24 November: New Jersey’s segregated schools, North Carolina cities take climate change action, and New Mexico’s preemption problem

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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This week, New Hampshire’s Granite Grok argues that the state’s Democrats are ignoring the ‘rape culture’ that they say pervades their own party, after holding their annual Kennedy-Clinton dinner. They write that the fact that they are honoring two men who had problematic relationships with women shows that […]

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    State of the States for 17 November: Arizona’s McSally appeals to Trump, #SealMageddon in South Carolina, and would the “Shelby stratagem” work in Alabama?

State of the States for 17 November: Arizona’s McSally appeals to Trump, #SealMageddon in South Carolina, and would the “Shelby stratagem” work in Alabama?

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Tuesday, Granite Grok says that while New Hampshire’s local media have been reporting that a majority of the state’s residents support a gas tax increase, a closer analysis of the survey in question shows that a majority would prefer some other means of funding road and bridge […]

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