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GovBeat: August, 2013

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 08/30/2013

L.A.’s mayor says states are luring Hollywood away from Hollywood

The city's film industry, he says, is being lured away by lucrative tax breaks.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:56 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tax Breaks

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013

New Orleans has been housing more than 2 homeless people a day for months

The region may be on track to meet a 2015 goal to end chronic homelessness there.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Homelessness

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Watch out Missouri, Rick Perry wants your jobs

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to St. Louis on Thursday, and when he goes home, he wants to take a few companies with him.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:02 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  business, missouri, rick perry, States, taxes, texas

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Adults in the Northeast and Midwest are relatively well-insured. The rest of the country not so much.

Insurance rates for working-age adults split almost perfectly along geographic lines.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:55 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Healthcare

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Where public employees are paid the most

Census Bureau data shows it pays to work in higher ed in New Jersey, not elementary schools in Maine.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:41 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, maine, missouri, new jersey, public employees, Rankings, state employees, States

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/29/2013

People in Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana pay the highest sales taxes in the nation

A new study calculates how much Americans in every state pay in combined state and local taxes.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:40 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  taxes

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 08/29/2013

New Mexico clerks want marriage ruling

New Mexico county clerks will ask the state Supreme Court to clarify whether state law allows same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:45 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, new mexico, same sex marriage, States

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 08/29/2013

GOP-led states blocking Obamacare

Some Republican-led states have come up with new ways to thwart Obamacare.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:09 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, missouri, obamacare, ohio, States

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Colorado recall becoming referendum on guns

Democrats facing recall elections are becoming pawns in the war over gun control.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:31 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, elections, gun control, gun rights, recall, States

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Texas dominates new ranking of cities for global trade

The state is home to six of the top 25 cities for worldwide trade, according to a new ranking from Global Trade magazine.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:56 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Unemployment in Yuma, Ariz., is 4.5 times the national average

The area's unusually high unemployment rate can be explained by its migrant population and farm sector, officials say.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:04 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unemployment

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 08/28/2013

All your suspicions confirmed: Washington has nation’s worst drivers

Drivers in Washington, D.C. are more than twice as likely to get into traffic accidents than the national average.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:27 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  driving, Rankings, States, washington dc

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Gay marriage legal in New Mexico, sort of

County clerks in New Mexico will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a state judge ruled Monday that the state's marriage law doesn't prohibit gay marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, new mexico, same sex marriage, social issues, States

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Putting Michigan’s Medicaid expansion in context

We sat down with PostTV's In Play to talk through Gov. Rick Snyder's push to expand Medicaid.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:59 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  govbeat, medicaid, Michigan, post tv

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Moody's upgrades state outlooks

Economies in most states have stabilized after five years of recession and recovery, inspiring new confidence in state bonds, according to the ratings agency Moody's.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, housing, moody's, Rankings, ratings

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 08/27/2013

The number of homes with an unemployed parent rose by a third in just six years

In some states, the increase was even more dramatic. California, New Jersey and Connecticut all saw increases of more than 60 percent.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:36 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unemployment

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 08/27/2013

The troubling corporate shift away from communities

Over the past two decades, the number of businesses per 1,000 people shrank in all but six states—reflecting a painful trend for some communities.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:41 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Who's voting in Virginia?

Virginia governor candidates are trying to motivate and persuade voters, and Prince William County will be critical.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:15 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, cuccinelli, elections, governor, mcauliffe, virginia

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Michigan Senate to vote on Medicaid expansion

The closely-watched vote that has divided conservative Republicans and centrist Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for months.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Most government jobs are local (and so are the cuts)

Local governments have suffered disproportionate job losses since the start of the Great Recession in late 2007.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:05 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  employment, jobs

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Defending abortion limits can cost states millions

Passing a controversial bill is just the first step. Then come the legal costs.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:49 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Gay-marriage backers head to court

Supporters of same-sex marriage are shifting tactics, focusing on courts of law rather than state legislatures.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:33 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  arkansas, gay marriage, kentucky, new mexico, same sex marriage, social issues, texas

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Where the Virginia governor's race stands

By Reid Wilson  |  12:32 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, politics, virginia

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 08/26/2013

Kentucky gets new legislative maps

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed legislation Friday to make permanent new state legislative district maps after two years of legal feuding

By Reid Wilson  |  09:36 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, kentucky, maps, politics, redistricting

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 08/23/2013

How much are your legislators paid?

The vast majority of the 7,383 legislators around the country are paid well below a living wage.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:36 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislatures, paid, Rankings, salaries, States

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 08/23/2013

The Republican case for Common Core

Conservatives from Georgia to Michigan have lambasted the Common Core proposal. But Republicans helped develop it.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:08 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alabama, common core, education, georgia, indiana, Michigan

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/23/2013

The region with the most economic potential? The South

Economic conditions are ripe for growth in the South, according to one new ranking.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:43 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rankings, South, States

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Fire season stretches state budgets

An unusually active fire season has Western states shelling out millions to protect tens of millions of acres of land.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, california, fires, idaho, nevada, oregon, western, wildfires

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Red America, blue America and reality TV

Why a Republican ad buy on "Duck Dynasty" might make a lot of sense.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:14 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue states, politics, red states, television, Two Americas, virginia

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs

Cities and counties facing the prospect of paying new health-care costs are opting instead to reduce the hours their part-time employees work.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, economy, jobs, new jersey, obamacare, taxes, texas, virginia, wisconsin

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Report: Long-term education investments lead to higher wages

A new report finds a strong correlation between a state's education levels and both higher productivity and higher wages.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, education, growth, productivity, Rankings, States, taxes

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013

The most important race you've never heard of

Nevada political operatives are buzzing about an open race for lieutenant governor; the result may impact Sen. Harry Reid

By Reid Wilson  |  01:47 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, harry reid, lieutenant governor, nevada, senate, States

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 08/21/2013

Michigan leads way on helping long-term unemployed

In Michigan, a pilot program is trying to help solve one of the jobs recoveries most intractable problems: getting the long-term unemployed back to work.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:36 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michigan, States, Unemployment

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 08/21/2013

Kentucky moving fast on redistricting plan

The Kentucky House is likely to vote Wednesday on a plan to redraw the state's legislative boundaries.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:08 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kentucky, redistricting, States

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Back to school: Are sales tax holidays worth it?

With summer coming to a close, some critics think back-to-school sales tax holidays are misguided.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:35 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back to school, States, tax holiday, taxes

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Ranking the states: Credit card debt

Alaska residents hold more credit card debt per capita than any other state, while the Midwest is more frugal.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:50 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alaska, credit cards, debt, iowa, Rankings, spending, States

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Hawaii next for gay marriage push

Hawaii state House Democrats will meet this week to gauge whether they can come up with the votes to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:59 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, hawaii, same sex marriage, social issues, States

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Forget Congress, some states show how to pass tax reform

While federal legislators talk up tax reform, states are getting things done.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Minnesota, North Carolina, States, tax reform

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Colorado county to vote on secession

Residents in a conservative northern Colorado county will vote this November on whether to secede and create a 51st state

By Reid Wilson  |  04:35 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, secession, States, tea party

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Democrats push back on voting rights

Democrats are pushing back at Republican attempts to reform voting laws around the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, elections, Minnesota, nevada, new mexico, oregon, States, voting, Voting Wars, washington

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 08/19/2013

State unemployment rates show uneven recovery

More than half the states saw an increase in the percentage of out-of-work job seekers over the last month.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:43 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 08/19/2013

Introducing GovBeat: Politics beyond the Beltway

Welcome to GovBeat, a new Washington Post blog documenting policy and politics at the state and local level.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:20 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States

 

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