As the country faces increasingly high gas prices, lawmakers and governors around the country made headlines this week in proposing ways to offer relief to consumers at the pump. In other news, we saw action around cannabis, mask mandates, legislative session adjournment, and more.
Alabama’s gas tax is 28 cents a gallon, 10 cents more than before the Rebuild Alabama Act took effect in 2019 to raise money for infrastructure. One lawmaker proposed repealing part of that act that could automatically increase the gas tax by one cent every other year after 2023, but said lawmakers haven’t talked about suspending the gas tax amid the current price surge.
Lawmakers in Georgia have filed their own version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The bill, officially titled the “Common Humanity in Private Education Act” would prohibit schools from encouraging classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in K-3rd grade, and in levels that are not age appropriate for students.
On Wednesday of this week, Mississippi state lawmakers faced a floor deadline for all general bills and constitutional amendments that originated in the opposite chamber. Numerous bills were passed or killed, while lawmakers invited conference on others.
A final state budget deal should include an expansion of New York’s earned income tax credit to include people younger than 25 years of age, those who do not have children and people who file income taxes without a Social Security number, according to state lawmakers this week.
This week, Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore, Jake Corman (R) proposed lowering the state’s liquid fuels tax by a third through the end of 2022 with the hope of providing relief as prices rise.
The Texas 2022 Primary Election Results are in. Texas voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, March 1st. On the ballot were races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, land commissioner, congress, and state legislative seats.
On March 4th, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship Act into law, providing for tuition-free college for most New Mexico residents. The program is set to be the most wide-reaching tuition-free scholarship program in the country.
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Alissa Burger: new Regional Policy Director, CALSTART
Josh Meltzer: new Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Lime
Noah Logan: new Associate, Triad Strategies
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Chris Cipolla: Senior Director, Legal and Government Affairs, DraftKings Inc.
Todd Womack: President and CEO, Bridge Public Affairs
Patrick Norton: Vice President for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Evelio Silvera: Vice President Communications & Government Affairs, Christian Care Ministry