This week various primary elections dominated headlines, including in Pennsylvania, where numerous incumbent state lawmakers lost their primaries. In other news, Colorado could soon see paid leave for their lawmakers, the State of Florida could assume control of the special district that oversees Disney World, Michigan lawmakers are working on tax cuts, and Nevada’s state of emergency is over.
Wednesday marked the last regular day of the Alaska Legislature when a compromise state budget containing as much as $3,850 in Permanent Fund dividends and energy payments for each eligible Alaskan headed for final approval.
Legislation passed by the Colorado Legislature gives state lawmakers 12 weeks of paid parental leave and another four weeks for complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. This comes a few years after voters approved a measure granting state residents paid parental leave.
With an upcoming deadline to take action on spending and policy bills, Minnesota lawmakers still have not made public plans for how the state planned to send out $4 billion in new tax cuts and credits and $4 billion to schools, long-term care providers, health care programs, police recruitment efforts and more.
Oklahoma state lawmakers announced they would be having a special session throughout the summer to decide how federal funds from the American Rescue Plan will be spent across the state after delays have held up the money for nearly a year.
Much attention on the PA primary election results focused on the gubernatorial and US Senate contests. However, several veteran state lawmakers of both parties were ousted by primary opponents Tuesday.
According to a new assessment from the Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia’s K-12 school performance is backsliding due to reduced expectations for students and schools and a lack of transparency, resulting in widening achievement gaps.