Shutterstock ImageWORKERS COMP-ROMISE? House Minority Leader Jim Durkin thinks reforming workers comp is where Republicans and Democrats in Illinois can start to come together.

Ohio Senate picks up bill barring undocumented workers’ comp elligibility

Published on: May 28, 2017
Shutterstock ImageCYBER CRIME: A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to make it illegal for state employees to use work computers to view pornography.

Technology industry: Pennsylvania governor’s proposed tech tax would cost jobs

Published on: May 23, 2017

Epstein: Reality sets in for wealthiest state in country

Published on: May 24, 2017


Boulder, Colorado

Colorado in focus: Conservatives, low-income earners feel least welcome in Boulder


Denver Post: Conservatives, low-income earners feel least welcome in Boulder Survey results released this month indicate that those outside the Boulder majority — that is, affluent, liberal, heterosexual white people — feel less welcome on average in the city. Overall, 85 percent of the roughly 1,800 citizens who responded to the survey reported feeling either […]
Published on: May 28, 2017
The death penalty issue is complicated when people who support execution also support gun control. Is justifiable violence only condoned when carried out by the state?

Pennsylvania in focus: What will happen to Pennsylvania’s death penalty?


Philadelphia Inquirer: What will happen to Pennsylvania’s death penalty? Five times a year, Pennsylvania corrections officials meet inside a white block masonry field house on the grounds of the prison near Penn State, and carry out a mock execution. They escort the “inmate” to the execution chamber. They strap that person onto the gurney. And then they simulate injecting a lethal dose of […]
Published on: May 28, 2017
CHARGE IT: Wisconsin lawmakers charged taxpayers $140,370 for subscriptions to newspapers and online news services in FY 2013.

Florida in focus: After 16 years, billion dollar project’s fate rests in the hands of the Miami commission


Miami Herald: After 16 years, billion dollar project’s fate rests in the hands of the Miami commission The tumultuous saga of Flagstone Island Gardens is finally coming to a head after 16 years of lawsuits, delays and deadline extensions. Miami commissioners have called a special meeting Tuesday to debate the fate of the $1 billion complex […]
Published on: May 28, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefit


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefit Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.Republicans on the […]
Published on: May 26, 2017
The Justitia statue in Frankfurt, Germany

Haupt: Justice and the political machine


 “Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.” – Kin Hubbard, political humorist For those who are not familiar with Justitia, the symbol of law, she is the badge and emblem that mirrors the values and morals of free men in a nation of lawmakers. She stands for a society where men […]
Published on: May 22, 2017

Report: Many Michigan families struggle with monthly expenses


LANSING – “Living in Michigan is expensive,” and “you do not have to be poor to experience financial hardship.” That is the conclusion drawn by Michigan League for Public Policy analyst Peter Ruark about the data revealed in the league’s “Making Ends Meet in Michigan” report. According to data released by the league, the average […]
Published on: May 21, 2017

Colorado’s economy shows strong growth, rural communities lag behind


New numbers crunched by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office show Colorado is blazing a trail of robust economic growth, business optimism and very low unemployment. But despite numbers that show state economic growth as high as 5.1 percent, some economists and economic development officials in Colorado see challenges on the horizon. These include lagging […]
Published on: May 19, 2017

Hearing aid legislation would raise cost of personal sound amplification products


With a committee vote pending on the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, critics of the legislation warn the bill would increase government regulations and raise the cost of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). A gun-owner group warned in a letter on Tuesday that language in the act could even tread into Second Amendment rights. […]
Published on: May 18, 2017
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Frontier League supports bill that would exempt certain players from state minimum wage


Independent minor league baseball could be threatened without help from lawmakers, the attorney for the Frontier League with teams in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and elsewhere said. Tom Ysursa, general counsel for the Frontier League, said league officials support a measure that recently passed the Illinois State Senate that would exempt certain minor league players […]
Published on: May 15, 2017


Nanny State of the Week: Bad science guides Novato nannies


Anti-smoking nannies have pushed their crusade further and further, and in California they’re increasingly reaching into peoples’ lives. Next up? They’re trying to prohibit smoking inside your own home.
Published on: March 27, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonREDUCTION: State regulatory agencies could be forced to sunset outdated regulations if a new law is passed by the Mississippi Legislature.

Who’s watching the watchers? Mississippi licensing boards about to get a new boss


A bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature could provide supervision for the state's occupational licensing boards.
Published on: March 29, 2017

Is the ocean ‘land owned or controlled’ by feds? Antiquities Act lawsuit aims to find out


A lawsuit argues that President Obama's creation of a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean is beyond the reach of the Antiquities Act.
Published on: March 24, 2017