From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: April 29: Does your state have unemployment trust fund debt?
Date: Tue Apr 29 14:49:23 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  April 29, 2014

Many states still face crushing unemployment debt
Stateline
State unemployment insurance trust funds, the engines that finance jobless benefits for millions of Americans, were battered by the Great Recession and went deep into debt to meet the demand from the unemployed.
NCSL research on state trust fund loans

Indiana board OKs new K-12 standards
Indianapolis Star
The State Board of Education followed Gov. Mike Pence's lead and gave final approval to new K-12 education standards Monday despite continued objections from some conservatives that the guidelines are a shoddy, rebranded version of Common Core.

Maryland pays to keep 'House of Cards' in state
CBS
Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., announced last week that state officials reached an agreement with production company Media Rights Capital to keep filming the popular Netflix series "House of Cards" in Maryland, even though the show's producers won't get all the financial incentives they asked for.
NCSL research on film production incentives


Maine putting photo ID on some benefit cards
Bangor Daily News
A pilot program intended to strengthen the integrity of Maine’s welfare programs kicked off Monday in Bangor, where some recipients of public assistance funds traded in benefit cards for new ones featuring photo identification.

Turnover high among Wisconsin lawmakers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
When the next 99 Assembly members swear their oaths in January, the majority of them — at least 54 — will be lawmakers first elected after the passage of Gov. Scott Walker's union bargaining law.. NCSL's Tim Storey quoted.

Drought sends California cattle to Texas
Reuters
For decades, ranchers from the east have brought their livestock to California, where mild winters and lush natural pastures created prime conditions for fattening beef cattle..
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