To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: States Try to Prepare for the Economy’s Wild Ride
Date: Fri Aug 01 12:46:43 MDT 2014

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August 1, 2014

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States Try to Prepare for the Economy's Wild Ride

Partially because of tax policies, state budgets have become increasingly unpredictable. But a few states are finding ways to manage the craziness. PLUS: A new report shows how states could have weathered the recession better.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Idaho GOP to Elect New Leader Saturday
Health & Human Services
Another State Restricts Hepatitis Drug for Medicaid Users
California Might Have Bilingual Prescription Labels Soon
Chicago Housing Authority Isn't Spending Enough Money
Just 6 States Will Fund Medicaid Pay Raises for Doctors
Maryland VA Outsourcing to Private Doctors
Infrastructure & Environment
Congress Funds Transportation Projects -- Until May
California's High-Speed Rail Wins Huge Court Victory
Colorado Deals with Strict New Coal Regulations
Management & Labor
Wisconsin's Anti-Union Law Upheld
Massachusetts Has Dozens of 'Zombie Boards'
Minnesota No Longer Has Lowest Minimum Wage
How San Francisco Put Entrepreneurship in City Government
Public Safety & Justice
Colorado Schools Getting Big Money from Pot Revenue

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