‘Clean fuels’ bill is a trust buster that deserves a veto: Editorial

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OregonLive.com In her inaugural speech last month, Gov. Kate Brown emphasized again and again the need to restore public trust in government. To that end, she said, “we must seize this moment to work across party lines.” Yet now, according to her office, she’s poised to sign a bill that embodies hyperpartisanship, that provides a link to her predecessor’s ethical …

How the GOP Wave Could Boost Chances for a Constitutional Convention of the States

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The 2014 Republican tide might lift the movement for a convention of states to amend the Constitution, advocates said. Republicans now control 69 state legislative chambers across the country, surpassing the party’s record of state Houses and Senates the GOP controlled in 1920, picking up of nine chambers this year. The party controls both the House and Senate in 30 …

Tax Foundation Ranks State Business Tax Climate

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Written by JACKSON BRAINERD for NCSL Wyoming and South Dakota topped the rankings for states’ business tax climate in the 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index released last week by the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The Index compares state’ tax systems in terms of their friendliness to business and conduciveness to economic development. The 2015 Index is based …

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin’s voter ID law

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MADISON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs, overturning a lower court decision that would have put the law in place for the November election. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared the law constitutional on Monday. The following day, the American Civil Liberties Union and the …

Small Firms Slow to Embrace ACA Business Exchanges

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Unhappy with the choices her insurance broker was offering, Denver publishing company owner Rebecca Askew went to Colorado’s small business health insurance exchange last fall. She found exactly what she’d been hoping for: affordable insurance options tailored to the diverse needs of her 12 employees. But Askew is in a tiny minority. Only 2 percent of all eligible businesses have …

Some states propose compact to give them free hand in running health care programs

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Kansas, Missouri and seven other states have signed on to a movement that would wrest regulation of most of the nation’s health care insurance systems from the federal government. Those state legislatures want to be part of a proposed interstate Health Care Compact. The compact would let participating states use federal funds — in the form of block grants — …