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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: 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 State Ballot Measures Preview: Transportation & Infrastructure

A perennial issue for state policymakers is how to properly fund aging transportation infrastructure. With inconsistent support from the federal government, states have taken the lead on raising funding themselves: Since 2012, 24 states have raised fuel taxes to invest...

Voters Make Oklahoma 30th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Yesterday, voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot measure (State Question 788) to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Oklahoma will become the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana, while nine states as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use...

Vermont Governor First to Sign Recreational Marijuana Law
This afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) became the first governor in the country to sign recreational marijuana legalization into law. Vermont is now the first state to pass recreational marijuana legalization via the legislative process, and the ninth state...
2017 State Policy Review: Health Care & Wellness

State lawmakers kept an eye on federal health care action in 2017, but they didn't remain idle as states face growing health care costs, an opioid crisis, and the growing popularity of marijuana legalization. This is the sixth post in a series reviewing the top state...

2017 State Policy Review: Transportation & Infrastructure
This was a productive year for states making investments in their transportation infrastructure. While the Trump Administration has so far failed to deliver on promised infrastructure funding, 24 states have raised fuel taxes to invest in roads and bridges since 2012....
Seven States Pass Major Gas Tax Increases in 2017
Non-election years are a popular time to raise new revenue for transportation infrastructure investments. This year has continued that trend as seven states — California, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oregon, and West Virginia — have passed substantial...
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,...

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