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Subject: May 28: Cap and trade lives on through the states | Minnesota dumps 1,175 obsolete laws
Date: Wed May 28 14:42:27 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  May 28, 2014

Cap and trade lives on through the states
Many people in Washington think of cap and trade as a carbon-cutting strategy that died in the Senate four years ago. But in fact, it’s alive and well in much of the country. Advocates say it’s working.

Minnesota 'unsession' dumps 1,175 obsolete laws
St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's no longer a crime in Minnesota to carry fruit in an illegally sized container. The state's telegraph regulations are gone. And it's now legal to drive a car in neutral -- if you can figure out how to do it.

Soda tax falls flat in Illinois House committee
Chicago Sun-Times
A bid to fight obesity through taxing sweetened drinks lost its fizz Tuesday as a House committee rejected a plan that could have injected $600 million into the state treasury.

Michigan raises minimum wage to $9.25
Detroit News
The Republican-controlled Legislature moved rapidly Tuesday to boost Michigan’s minimum wage 25 percent, to $9.25 an hour by 2018, and short-circuit a possible election issue in November, and Gov. Rick Snyder quickly signed it into law. NCSL data cited.
NCSL's minimum wage legislation database

Drop in gas use may raise taxes in Delaware
The Obama administration will next week unveil a cornerstone of its climate-change initiative with a proposed rule aimed at allowing states to use cap-and-trade systems, renewable energy and other measures to meet aggressive goals for reducing carbon emissions by existing power plants. NCSL's Jaime Rall quoted.
State Legislatures magazine story on gasoline taxes

Wisconsin looking at self-insuring state workers
Wisconsin State Journal
An unprecedented drop in gasoline use as more Americans drive fuel-efficient vehicles and choose mass transit is undermining a revenue stream for repairing crumbling roads and bridges. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on state employee health benefits
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Performance funding aimed at aiding future workplace needs
Realizing the negative effect a shortage of educated workers will have on economic competitivenes, many states have implemented a range of policies to proactively address this gap and make their higher education systems more productive.

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