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PHOTO: A two-thirds majority vote makes it almost impossible for the Washington Legislature to raise taxes or close tax loopholes, but the state Supreme Court now says the
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – It has taken a two-thirds majority in the Washington Legislature to pass any type of tax increase – but a majority of state Supreme Court justices ruled on Thursday that the so-called "super-majority" requirement is unconstitutional. Chief Justice Barbara Madsen wrote ...Read More

Illustration of what Single Sales Factor could mean to the New Mexico state budget.<br />GRAPHIC: Courtesy of New Mexico Voices for Children<br />

SANTA FE, N.M. – Saturday could turn into a pivotal day for New Mexicans. It's the day when as many as eight different Senate tax bills will make appearances in the Senate Corporations Committee. And according to Bill Jordan, policy director of New Mexico Voices for Children, at least fi ...Read More

PHOTO: Nationwide survey shows one in five Michigan residents have trouble finding enough to eat.

LANSING, Mich. – Hunger continues to be a problem in Michigan, according to a national report being released this week. The Food Research and Action Center, or FRAC, says the problem could get worse if popular food assistance programs aren't adequately funded. About 20 percent of Michigan ...Read More

PHOTO: With an eye toward reducing pollution, a ban on single-use bags takes affect today in Austin. Photo credit: John Michaelson

AUSTIN, Texas – The phrase "paper or plastic" is slowly disappearing from the lexicon of shoppers in Austin, Texas. A new ordinance that bans single use bags in favor of reusable takes effect Friday. "The single use bags wreak a lot of havoc for such a small part of the waste stream,” ...Read More

PHOTO: The latest forecast shows the economic picture for Minnesota is improving. What was predicted in November to be a $1.1-billion shortfall for 2014-2015 has now fallen to $627-million. Photo credit: Mark Dayton

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The latest forecast shows an improving budget picture for Minnesota. For the current biennium, the state will take in more than expected, while the deficit projected for the two years to follow is getting smaller. With the improvements, Eliot Seide, executive director of ...Read More

PHOTO: March is national Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, and this year in South Dakota, about 430 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – March is national Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and this year in South Dakota about 430 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed, with more than 150 deaths expected. Colon cancer is very treatable when caught early. Dr. Paul Amundson, chief medical officer for Da ...Read More

CASPER, Wyo. – Changing a word or two can make a big difference in a law. Workers' rights groups say a bill that started out dealing with denying unemployment benefits to workers fired for willful misconduct ended up being a bill that means workers could be fired and denied benefits for just ...Read More

PHOTO: Automatic spending cuts to the tune of $85-billion begin to take effect today under sequestration. In North Dakota, the cuts could total more than $25-million and public health is among the areas targeted. Photo credit: Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas.

FARGO, N.D. – Some $85 billion in automatic spending cuts nationwide begin to take effect Friday as mandated under broad federal budget cuts known as sequestration. The reductions will be rolled-out over the next seven months. Tim Trithart, chief executive officer with the Community Health ...Read More

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