From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: April 7: What are states doing to get workers back into the workforce? | States profit from illegal drugs
Date: Mon Apr 07 14:42:39 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  April 7, 2014

Getting workers back into the workforce
Stateline
Industry partnerships are just one strategy states are using to fight persistent unemployment and a less-discussed but troubling trend: In every state and the District of Columbia, the labor force participation rate is shrinking. NCSL's Qiana Torres Flores quoted.
NCSL research on workforce development

States raise gas taxes to pay for infrastructue
Wall Street Journal
States and cities desperate to build and repair roads and other infrastructure—but frustrated by inertia in Congress—are raising their own levies and turning to private companies for funding.
State Legislatures magazine story on gasoline taxes

Law lifts enrollment in Medicaid by millions
The New York Times
Enrollment in Medicaid has increased by three million people, to a total of 62 million, largely because of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said Friday. As expected, the increases have been much greater in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility.
NCSL research on Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion


Nebraska gets cut of illegal drugs in artful way
Omaha World Herald
Drug tax laws, which exist in 20 states, offer a way for those states to collect money on illicit transactions. If you possess illegal drugs, Nebraska law requires that you have a stamp on your drugs. A stamp doesn't legalize the product, but a person can be charged for not having one.

Washington governor vetoes drones bill
Spokane Spokesman-Review
Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill that would have regulated the use of drones by government and police, saying it didn’t go far enough to protect privacy rights.
NCSL research on unmanned aerial systems


States debate regulating raw milk
The Washington Post
A growing number of state lawmakers are taking up the cause of raw milk dairy farmers who are fighting to legalize their creamy, lucrative product even though contaminated, unpasteurized milk has caused dozens of health outbreaks in recent years. NCSL research cited.
NCSL research on raw milk.

 
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