From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: July 16: House passes interim fix for Highway Trust Fund
Date: Wed Jul 16 14:53:48 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  July 16, 2014

House passes interim fix for Highway Trust Fund
The New York Times
The House on Tuesday easily approved a short-term fix to the nearly depleted federal highway trust fund, as the prospects of hundreds of thousands of job losses and stalled road construction in August overwhelmed the protests of conservative groups that opposed the bill.

States debate millionaires' taxes
Stateline
About a dozen states have raised taxes on their highest income tax brackets since 2009, believing that raising income taxes on their wealthiest residents would yield enough additional revenues to outweigh any negative side effects.

Old-style U.S. pensions weather cost-cutting storm
Reuters
Retirement payouts for 19.3 million U.S. state and local government workers in coming years are not likely to look much different from the iron-clad pensions that former teachers and police now get.

Arizona enlists a beetle in its campaign for water
The New York Times
In this corner of America known for its vast landscapes, rugged mountains and deep river canyons, signs of the havoc created by the minuscule tamarisk beetle are everywhere.


Florida lawmakers agree to redraw invalid districts - for 2016
The Miami Herald
Florida legislative leaders ended their silence on their rejected congressional map Tuesday and announced they will not appeal a judge’s ruling, but will redraw the invalid map, as long as they can wait until after the 2014 election.

Will powdered alcohol soon be sold in Ohio?
Cleveland.com
Two state representatives introduced legislation that would prohibit the sale of powdered alcohol, a substance that's been stirring controversy around the country.
 
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