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  • Some states buck national trend of stagnant incomes | Stateline
    Income growth has been stagnant (without adjusting for inflation) in many states since the recession, but a Stateline analysis of Census Bureau data released today shows a wide variation between some states.
  • N.J. lawmakers unveil package of bills to curb heroin, pill abuse | NorthJersey.com
    A package of bills aimed at stemming heroin and opioid painkiller addiction in New Jersey was announced on Wednesday by lawmakers, the first coordinated legislative response to a crisis that has overwhelmed the health care system, confounded law enforcement and caused hundreds of deaths. 
  • Second quarter was tough on state revenues | The Washington Post
    That end-of-year fight over budget cuts and tax hikes influenced taxpayer behavior and, as a result, early data show that second-quarter revenues were significantly low in many states. 
  • Oregon lawmakers approve foreclosure avoidance help | Statesman Journal
    To keep up with a steady demand of homeowners seeking protection from foreclosure at a pace faster than the state ever expected, lawmakers on Wednesday approved additional funding to the Oregon Housing and Community Services agency.
  • Colorado's noncitizens drivers license law hobbled by low estimates | The Denver Post
    Colorado's embattled new driver's license program for those in the country illegally was funded and written based on an underestimated number of applicants, according to a legislator and legislative council.
  • Can you pass the U.S. citizenship civics test? | The Washington Post
    The Civics Education Initiative will introduce legislation in Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah to require students to take the test at any point during their high school careers, and to pass it before receiving a high school diploma or a general equivalency degree.

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  • Webinar Sept. 26: The case for a better rainy day fund: Hear from two state legislators about what sparked their interest in revenue volatility and state budgeting, policy actions they’ve taken, and effective ways to talk about these topics. 

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