On August 24, 2022, President Joe Biden announcedsweeping package of federal student loan relief that forgives as much as $20,000 in loans. While this action and news dominated headlines this week, lawmakers and governors around the country were busy on other issues such as funding for recent flooding, potential tax cuts, droughts, and more.


Florida held their primary election on Tuesday, August 23rd for races including Governor, U.S. Senate, and several state row and cabinet positions.

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Gov. Beshear announced disaster benefits for victims of the recent environmental problems caused by the damaging late July storms.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced $100 million in federal funding to support new flood mitigation efforts in the state.

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Gov. Janet Mills announced $20 million in new grants to aid the state’s agriculture industry.

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Republican nominee for Governor Tudor Dixon announced former State Representative Shane Hernandez as her running mate.

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The State Board of Investment selected Jill Schurtz as the board’s new Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer.

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Gov. Parson announced a post Labor Day special legislative session to consider a $700 million tax cut.

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Public school advocates are bringing a lawsuit to challenge Mississippi’s new legislation providing funding for charter schools.

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Gov. Greg Gianforte and state law enforcement held a press conference this week to discuss the growing fentanyl crisis in the state.

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Nebraska Secretary of State announced that an initiative to get medical marijuana measures on the November ballot fell short of the 86,776 required to make the ballot.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is asking the federal government for assistance in response to a worsening drought in the state.

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New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy announced $2 billion in new education funding.

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New Mexico

The Department of Finance and Administration this week announced a second round of recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan for local governments.

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New York

New York State lawmakers are considering legislation that would create a state personal income tax deduction of up to $5,000 for student loan payments.  

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North Carolina

Gov. Cooper announced over $14 million in new federal funding to support postsecondary students and teachers.

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North Dakota

North Dakota lawmakers are considering a new flat income tax rate proposal from Gov. Doug Burgum.

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South Carolina

Lawmakers in South Carolina announced their intention to introduce legislation to increase the state’s paid family leave policy.

This Week’s DMGS Posts

Capital and Capitol Happenings: New Positions, Promotions, and More

  • Colleen Christy: new Chief of Staff, National Association of Water Companies
  • Bobby Joe Dale: new Policy Advisor, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Abby Reynolds: new Strategy Associate, Greenhouse Partners
  • Craig Ryan: new Director, Government Relations, AAA- The Auto Club Group

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Candice Doenges-Lozano: Government Affairs, Pace O Matic
  • Heather Way Kitzes: Assistant Director, Government & Community Affairs, Chicago Cubs
  • Gene Harrington: Director, State Government Affairs, Agriculture & Environment, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Michelle Roth: Executive Director, Alabama Cable and Broadband Association
  • Mike Deering: Executive Vice President, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association
  • James Wittrock: Legislative Director, California State Senate
  • John Walsh: President and CEO, Michigan Manufacturers Association

Email future suggestions to rjstevens@dmgs.com.

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