To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: June 9: Does your state have a surplus or deficit?
Date: Mon Jun 09 14:50:38 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  June 9, 2014

Surpluses, tax cuts for some states, deficits for others
For the first time since the recession ended, state revenues and employment have both surpassed pre-recession levels, at least in the country as a whole. But if this is finally the “good times,” it sure doesn’t feel like it to some states. NCSL data cited.
NCSL's state budget update.
Traffic cameras days may be numbered in Ohio
A virtual ban on traffic cameras in Ohio appears to have the votes needed to pass the legislature this fall, according to lawmakers on both sides of the issue.

NCSL research on automated traffic enforcement.

Effort to raise Nebraska minimum wage moving fast
Omaha World-Herald
After suffering a setback in the Legislature, supporters of a higher minimum wage in Nebraska are wasting little time in gathering signatures to place the issue on the November ballot.
NCSL's state minimum wage chart.

In some states emissions cuts defy skeptics
The New York Times
At least 10 states cut their emissions by 30 percent or more between 2005 and 2012, and several other states were well on their way, almost two decades before President Obama’s clock for the nation runs out.

Wisconsin's paper industry braces for uncertainty
Lawrence Journal-World
Invented 80 years ago in central Wisconsin, the coated paper that gave the world glossy magazines, catalogs and books with sharp, non-pulpy photos and graphics remains at the center of one of the state's biggest industries.

West Virginia passes 3-foot passing lane for cylists
The Charleston Gazette
Lawmakers hope a new law will make it safer for people to ride their bicycles throughout the state.
NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on safely passing bicyclists.
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Amazing sights in the land of the midnight sun
Every state hosting an NCSL Executive Committee/LSCC meeting tries to impress on participants a sense of its cultural heritage. It will be tough for future sites to top what participants just experienced at the spring meeting in Anchorage. Cultural heritage translated to wildlife tour as only the Land of the Midnight Sun can do it.
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