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Budget & Appropriations

North Carolina Overrides Veto for $15 Minimum Wage for State Employees

North Carolina became the first state to adopt a $15 minimum wage for state employees after lawmakers approved the budget on Tuesday, June 12th. As a result, 9,000 North Carolina workers will receive a raise that increases their salary to $31,200 a year. However, while employees at state agencies and the University of North Carolina System will receive an increase, the raise does not include public school, community college employees […]

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Legislative Update: Arizona

#RedforEd movement prompts Teacher strike Similar to other national teacher walkouts, Arizona teachers in an initiative called #RedforEd held a 6-day strike that had many schools closed, and thousands marching on the state capitol.  The teacher demand is for an increase in teacher salaries, more education funding, and increased wages for support staff such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers. Governor Ducey proposed a $10.4 billion budget plan that will […]

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Legislative Update: New Mexico

Governor’s Vetoes Ruled Invalid by NM Supreme Court Governor Susana Martinez (R-NM) The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a judge’s ruling that vetoes issued by Governor Martinez in 2017 were invalid, and ordered the laws to go into effect. The bills in question were mostly noncontroversial including authorization for research of industrial hemp production and the awarding of scholarships to medical students who agree to work in underserved areas.  The […]

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Iowa Lawmakers Pass $2.2 Billion Tax Cut

Governor Reynolds (R- IA) In an effort to jump-start the state’s economy, Iowa lawmakers recently approved a historic tax cut that slashes revenue by more than $2 billion over the next six years. The Republican-dominated legislature pushed the bill through on May 5, which awaits the signature of Governor Kim Reynolds. “Republicans led on tax reform in 2018,” Reynolds said in a release after the bill was passed. “As a result, […]

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