South and West draw highest share of newcomers
Between 2010 and 2013, Texas, Florida, the Carolinas and Colorado were the strongest people magnets, drawing nearly a million movers, according to a Stateline analysis of recently released Census Bureau population estimates.
New EPA carbon rules pinch states unevenly
The Wall Street Journal
Kentucky appears to have it easy under the Obama administration's new climate rules unveiled Monday, with an 18.3% cut in carbon-dioxide emissions required by 2030. Washington state, by contrast, must cut its emissions by 72%.
Feds: Georgia can't tie food stamps to drug tests
Georgia cannot implement a new law requiring drug tests for some food stamp applicants and recipients, federal officials told the state Tuesday.
NCSL research on drug testing for welfare recipients
South Carolina puts brakes on texting while driving
S.C. House and Senate lawmakers agreed Tuesday on a compromise to ban texting while driving, making South Carolina the last state in the South to penalize the practice. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on distracted driving.
Will other cities follow Seattle's minimum wage lead?
Seattle took the minimum wage debate into its own hands Monday as local policymakers approved a gradual increase of the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, which will make it the highest in the country. At $9.32, Washington’s hourly minimum is already the highest for any state in the U.S. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on minimum wages
Mass. sues FHFA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac over housing law
Attorney General Martha Coakley has sued the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for refusing to comply with a state law designed to stem the tide of foreclosures in Massachusetts.