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How a Budget Becomes a Law

Budgets are the beating heart of state governmental process. They specify how money is spent, what taxes are levied, and where policy is headed in the future. They can inspire passionate debate or lead to years-long gridlock. Anyone looking to understand how politics...

North Carolina Courts Again Strike Down Chair Selection Process for New State Ethics Board

Earlier this year, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) filed a third lawsuit against the Republican-controlled General Assembly over who has the authority under the state constitution to appoint the chair and members of North Carolina’s new ethics board. Uncertainty...

The Four States Most Likely to Go Big on Taxes in 2019

On election day, Democrats took a bite into the state legislative hegemony that Republicans have enjoyed for much of the last decade. After being relegated to minority party status and hamstrung by supermajority fiscal policy requirements, liberal lawmakers in certain...

Local Policy Digest

MultiState's Local Policy Digest explores the top legislative developments from municipalities across the U.S.

2018 Election Review: Medicaid Expansion Ballot Measures

Last week, voters in three deep red states approved ballot measures to expand their state’s Medicaid program. Ballot measures in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah all received comfortable margins of approval while voters rejected Montana’s I-185, which would have funded a...

2018 Election Results: Transportation & Infrastructure Ballot Measures

Supporters of increased funding for transportation infrastructure in the states had mixed results after last Tuesday’s statewide elections. The most high profile measure, an effort in California to roll back last year’s gas tax increase and impose a high hurdle to make...

2018 Election Review: Attorneys General Results

The position of state attorney general has a lot of influence on policies related to crime, justice, opioids, consumer protection, privacy, gun control, and immigration. It has become even more important in recent years, with many state attorneys general using the...

2018 Election Review: Democrats Chip Away at Republican Domination in the States

Republicans have held historic control of state governments since the 2010 midterm elections. Now, eight years later, Democrats have begun to chip away at Republican domination in the states. Republicans gains in 2010 were particularly well-timed because state lawmakers...

2018 Election Review: Tax Ballot Measures

Ballot measures are one of the easiest ways for the electorate to have a direct say in policy, and there was no shortage of opportunities for voters to weigh in on tax policy in the states this year. With more than 30 tax-related ballot measures in 18 states, several...

2018 Election Review: Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measures

Marijuana legalization proponents had a big night as voters approved legalization efforts for recreational use in Michigan and medical use in Missouri and Utah. After Tuesday, ten states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of recreational marijuana and 32 states...

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