From: NCSL TODAY
To: Ric Cantrell,
Subject: April 8: Minnesota reaches deal to raise minimum wage
Date: Tue Apr 08 14:43:50 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS April 8, 2014

Minnesota minimum wage deal reached
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Minnesota is poised to become one of the highest minimum-wage states in the nation. NCSL data cited.
NCSL's minimum wage legislation database

Report finds states cutting waiting time for voters
USA TODAY
Voters across the country waited less time in line to cast their ballots in 2012 than in 2008, a sign that states were doing a better job at running elections, says a report released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trust's Election Initiatives.
State Legislatures magazine story on reducing voter waiting time

Red light camera ban gains support in Colorado
The Denver Post
Cameras that bust drivers for speeding or running red lights could be banished in Colorado after a bipartisan group in the state legislature reached consensus on the controversial devices.
NCSL's overview of automated traffic enforcement

Americans without health insurance at record low
The Los Angeles Times
The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the healthcare law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured.
NCSL research on state actions to address health insurance exchanges


Senate passes extension to unemployment aid
The Washington Post
The Senate voted 59 to 38 Monday in favor of a bill that would restore federal funding for extended unemployment benefits for 2.8 million Americans who are considered "long-term unemployed."
Earlier: States feel loss of jobless aid


Public health officials try to reach non-vaccinators
National Public Radio
Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers tied to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over vaccination is also spreading.
NCSL research on vaccines and immunizations


 
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