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TOP NEWS  Aug. 28, 2014

State Democrats play defense ahead of midterm elections
National Public Radio
Midterm voting six years into the administration of any president traditionally means big losses for the party in the White House. Democrats are concerned they'll lose ground outside Washington — in state legislatures, where the GOP is already dominant.
NCSL President Senator Debbie Smith, Vice President Senator Mike Gronstal and NCSL elections expert Tim Storey quoted.

State says Cleveland's 'jock tax' is constitutional
Cleveland.com
Cleveland's "jock tax" on visiting professional athletes is constitutional and a reasonable way for the city to raise money, Attorney General Mike DeWine's office said in a legal brief filed this week.

W. Va. governor mulls special session on chemical leaks
Charleston Daily Mail
The governor is considering calling state lawmakers into a special session to possibly change the bill crafted in the wake of the massive chemical leak and water contamination in January.

N.J. lawmakers debate renewal of red-light camera law
Newark Star-Ledger
Unless the state Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie take action by mid-December, the five-year-old pilot program will expire and the cameras at 73 intersections will go dark.
NCSL research on automated enforcement.

Nine states propose compact to give them free hand in running health care programs
Kansas City Star
Kansas, Missouri and seven other states have signed on to a movement that would wrest regulation of most of the nation’s health care insurance systems from the federal government.
NCSL research on state actions to address health insurance exchanges
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State budgeting with an eye on results
Stateline
“Performance-based budgeting,” buzzwords for states making spending decisions based on specific benchmarks, gained traction in the 1990s, then fell out of favor during the budget-cutting era of the Great Recession. Now the strategy is making a comeback — with mixed results so far. NCSL research cited.

NCSL fact sheet on performance-based budgeting.
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