To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: State Spending to Slow
Date: Fri Jun 13 12:44:04 MDT 2014

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June 13, 2014

State Spending Will Slow in 2015

A new NASBO survey finds that 42 states plan on spending more next fiscal year than they did this fiscal year, but most increases will be relatively small.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Both Parties Are Spending a Lot More Money on Governors Races
Health & Human Services
Texas' Plan for Getting Veterans Health Care Faster
Louisiana Abortion Laws Likely to Close Clinics
Michigan to Offer Better Medicaid to Enrollees for Getting Healthier
Vermont Hires Outside Firm to Fix Health Exchange
Infrastructure & Environment
Cap-and-Trade Revenue Gives Lifeline to California Bullet Train
Michigan Legislature Breaks without Resolving Voters No. 1 Issue: Roads
San Francisco Is a Wi-Fi Hotspot, If You've Got the Code
Los Angeles Eases Closer to Tough Rules About Ride-Share Services
Management & Labor
The Fall of Teachers Unions
Public Safety & Justice
Despite U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Minnesota Upholds Juvenile Life Sentences
Local Red-Light Cameras Violate State Law, Rules Florida Supreme Court
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