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Election Recap: Democrats Make Gains in Big Night, But Still Far Behind in State Control
New Governors in New Jersey & Virginia
Democrats met early expectations securing the governor's mansion in New Jersey and keeping their party in control of the Virginia governor's office. In New Jersey, Phil Murphy (D), former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, easily defeated...
Direct Democracy in Action: A Guide to State Ballot Measures
Voters will head to the ballot box tomorrow, and, depending on the state, might encounter questions beyond who to vote for in statewide or local elections. This form of direct democracy  often referred to universally as ballot measures  comes in different flavors,...
States Charge Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Owners for Share of Road Costs

States are still struggling to scrounge up the money to fully fund transportation infrastructure investment, which is why 22 states have raised state fuel taxes since 2012. But most transportation policy experts and state lawmakers say that relying on gas tax revenues to...

Justice's Switch Gives GOP Complete Control of 26 States
News broke this afternoon that West Virginia Governor Jim Justice will announce at a rally tonight his intention to switch party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. The rare party switch for the newly elected governor, in a state where the GOP dominates the...
States Clear Path for Truck Platooning: First Step to Fully Autonomous Vehicles
The debate over autonomous vehicles (AVs) is no longer about if, but when they'll become ubiquitous. But before AVs take over city streets, the first real-world application of a low-level autonomous technology is already developing in the commercial sector of...
Washington Enacts Generous Paid Family Leave Mandate
Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed paid family and medical leave legislation into law ( WA SSB 5975) yesterday, making Washington the fifth state to enact a paid family leave program. California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have existing programs, and New York enacted paid...
Five States Pass Major Gas Tax Increases
Non-election years are a popular time to raise new revenue for transportation infrastructure investments. This year has continued that trend as five states so far — California, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee, and South Carolina — have passed substantial road funding...
Congress Upends State Auto-Enroll Retirement Programs
After five states passed legislation to automatically enroll many private-sector employees in state-sponsored individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Congress just voted to upend these programs before states could launch them. More than 30 million U.S. workers report...
Indiana Passes 10-Cents-Per-Gallon Gas Tax Increase
Very early on Saturday morning, the Indiana General Assembly passed a long-awaited transportation funding bill ( IN HB 1002) that is expected to raise an additional $6.4 billion over the next seven years to build and maintain the state's roads and bridges. The...
West Virginia Becomes 29th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Just in time for  4/20 — Governor Jim Justice (D) has  signed legislation ( WV SB 386) into law making West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical marijuana for certain conditions.

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