As we move closer to the end of the year, new governors and lawmakers are preparing to take office, incumbents are setting out policy proposals, while outgoing officials are executing their final acts in office. Notably, Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire responded to Democrat attempts to move their first in the nation primary election as 2024 speculation heats up, and several governors have taken action to ban TikTok on state government devices.
During the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Conference this week, lawmakers previewed the 2023 legislative session, saying that allocating more funding from the American Rescue Plan Act as well as billions of dollars in state budget surpluses will be priorities.
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his intent to grant 42 pardons, three restorations of firearm rights, and two commutations. He denied 52 clemency requests. Most of the pardons granted were for theft or for controlled substance possession.
A legislative package that would have delivered $450 relief checks to most Maine residents for heating aid failed this week after Governor Janet Mills had previously negotiated a $474 million deal with lawmakers.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and legislative Republicans failed to come to terms at the end of the year’s legislative session on a deal that would have provided $200 million to a state fund established to encourage businesses to stay in or relocate to the state.
Governor Roy Cooper is offering monetary rewards of up to $75,000 total for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the destruction of electric utility infrastructure in Moore County.
Governor Doug Burgum has presented his 2023-2025 executive budget proposal with that includes almost $170 million to address the state’s workforce shortage, $3 billion for critical infrastructure, and additional supports for education investments.
Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 22-24 to grant Oregon hospitals additional flexibility by allowing them to draw on medical volunteer nurses and doctors. Further action by the Oregon Health Authority allows hospitals to pursue supplemental nurse staffing contracts of up to $25 million.
Rep. Joanna McClinton (D) was sworn in this week as House Majority Leader for the upcoming legislative session, which did not sit well with House Republicans. Based on election results, democrats hold a one seat majority in the state House, but one democratic lawmaker recently passed away and two other democratic lawmakers resigned upon winning elections for higher office.
Rhode Island is receiving two grants from the National Coastal Resilience Fund totaling $1.25 million to strengthen resiliency and improve water and habitat quality in the Woonasquatucket River watershed.
Governor Kristi Noem announced to a joint assembly of the legislature this week that the state looks to have $310 million in revenue growth for this upcoming budget year and can afford repealing the state’s sales tax on groceries, which is 4.5%.