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Entries for February 2015

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Scotus Ruling Means Big Changes for State Agencies, Boards, Commissions

The Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC will affect how many of states’ hundreds of agencies, boards, and commissions operate and are governed. 

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Good News at the Pump is Bad News for Some States

Americans are smiling as they drive past gas stations, but what does the dramatic drop in oil prices mean to state budgets?

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Supreme Court Docket Full of State-Related Cases

While the same-sex marriage and Affordable Care Act cases will receive the most attention, the docket is chock full of other cases significant to the states.

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Early Care/Education Update: Bills Addressing Development Block Grants

With legislatures back in session we are seeing bills addressing the new requirements included in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) block grants.

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Michigan's Complex Solution to Transportation Funding

Tired of its roads slowly disintegrating beneath its residents’ tires, Michigan is getting creative in its attempt to rustle up money for transportation.

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Is Sharing Caring? Homesharing Faces Legal/Regulatory Questions

Americans have drastically changed the way they obtain their goods and services. 

 

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More Than Valentines, February Focuses on Preventing Teen Dating Violence

In addition to the traditional exchange of gifts, flowers or chocolate this Valentine’s Day, teens are being encouraged to keep their relationships healthy and free from abuse.

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Helping the Helpers: What states are doing to support caregivers of aging relatives

The story is familiar, often achingly so. A mid-life professional puts the brakes on a rising career to provide long-term home care for an aging, often ill, parent.

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More States to Evaluate Tax Incentives

One popular economic development strategy is to offer tax incentives (e.g., property tax abatements, sales tax abatements, corporate income tax credits) to businesses, either to lure them away from other states, or to keep in-state businesses from developing a wandering eye. Every state has at least one tax incentive program.

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Medicaid Enrollees May Have Harder Time Finding a  Doctor

The estimated 9.1 million Americans who enrolled in Medicaid last year under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion may have a more difficult time finding a primary care doctor in 2015.

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