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Nebraska State Legislator Pushes Online Sales Tax Reform

A Nebraska lawmaker has begun to push legislation that would allow the collection of online sales tax following a Supreme Court ruling in June. Republican Senator John McCollister of Omaha has begun circulating a petition to summon legislators into a special session that would force debate over an online sales tax proposal. McCollister currently has 10 signatures but needs 33 to summon a special session of the state’s unicameral body. […]

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Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Medical Marijuana Veto

Maine lawmakers overrode Governor Paul LePage’s veto Tuesday, allowing doctors and nurses to prescribe medical marijuana for any patient they deem adequate. The Maine House voted 119-23, while the Senate voted 25-8 to override the governor’s decision on Friday to veto a medical marijuana reform bill. Maine legalized medical marijuana prescriptions in 1999 for AIDS, post-traumatic stress and pains from untreatable ailments. The new legislation allows doctors to issue medical […]

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New Jersey Budget Recap

Governor Phil Murphy signed a budget into place Sunday night and avoided a government shutdown with just hours to spare. The new budget will increase spending by 4.2 percent and increase tax revenue by an estimated $1.5 billion. While Murphy did not get the sales tax increase he wanted, he did get his millionaires tax, although not in the capacity he originally hoped. Murphy wanted to increase taxes on individuals […]

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Primary Recap

By Peter Brath and Danny Restivo Republicans and Democrats in four states—Oklahoma, Colorado, South Carolina and Maryland—solidified their party’s respective nominees for governor after Tuesday night’s primary. Maryland Former NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous clinched the Democratic nomination after defeating a large field of candidates. With 39 percent of the vote, Jealous’ closest competitor was Prince George County Official Rushern Baker, who captured 29 percent of the vote. Eight […]

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