A Minnesota bill seeking to establish an Opioid Stewardship Fund doesn’t address the root cause of the opioid crisis – the illegal sale of narcotics – and will only increase costs to taxpayers, insurance companies and their customers, critics argue. And while well-intentioned, it potentially could drive pharmaceutical companies out of the state, they say.
Ohio lawmakers’ battle to defund Planned Parenthood in the Buckeye State is closer to reality after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 law that halted state taxpayer money from funding abortion facilities.
For the first time since the Great Recession, lower-end earners are receiving greater benefits than higher-end workers when it comes to take-home pay, according to a leading banking firm.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) says it is “carefully reviewing” documents turned over by the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as part of an ongoing lawsuit that claims DPI violated the state’s open records law.
The Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says the Trump administration’s policy requiring states to enforce work-requirements for SNAP recipients “isn’t going anywhere.”
California leads the nation in outmigration, and has experienced a domestic outmigration decline since 1991, according to the California Department of Finance.
Proposed legislation permitting local law enforcement to issue traffic citations based on images taken by red light cameras did not make it past the Senate Growth and Infrastructure Committee this week, which is a good thing, the Nevada Policy and Research Institute (NPRI) argues because studies prove they don’t work.
Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin will cost taxpayers $600 million every year and drive up prices in the private sector as well. A family of four with private insurance, for example, can expect to see an increase in cost of as much as $700 per year.
According to a new report produced by the Government and Accountability Office (GAO), at least $1 billion in food stamp benefits are “trafficked annually,” meaning they are fraudulently used. The extent of the fraud is uncertain, the GAO warns, estimating the abuse of the program could be as high as $4.7 billion.
State senators have passed a bill that would change how Colorado’s electoral votes are cast at the college, essentially joining a compact with other states that would award its presidential electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.