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Workers in 18 States Saw Higher Minimum Wages in January. Which States Will Raise Minimum Wages Even Higher?

The last federal minimum wage increase — to $7.25 per hour, from $6.55 per hour — occurred on July 24, 2009. In the years since Congress last increased the minimum wage, state and local leaders across the country have introduced countless minimum wage proposals,...

Local Policy Digest
MultiState's Local Policy Digest explores the top legislative developments from municipalities across the U.S. Austin passes first paid sick leave ordinance in Texas state history. Late Thursday night,
Carbon Tax Bills Proliferate in 2018 as States Seek Best Practices

Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) made headlines earlier this year when he announced that passing a carbon tax would be one of his key policy goals for the year. Left-leaning think tanks and policymakers have been talking for years about levying some kind of tax on...

State Legislatures Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment allegations have dominated headlines over the past several months, and politicians have not been exempt from scrutiny as women have come forward and voiced their stories of harassment at state capitols. As states convened their legislative sessions in...

Local Policy Digest

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

January Tax Retrospective: Congress Acts, States React
In a typical year, establishing conformity with the federal tax code is a fairly mundane task for state lawmakers. Since state income tax systems are generally based on the federal code, updating the connection to the Internal Revenue Code is usually uncontroversial. But...
Montana Leads State Action on Net Neutrality
On Monday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order requiring internet service providers (ISPs) with state contracts to adhere to “ net neutrality.” The state became the first to enact such measures in response to the Federal Communications...
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...
MultiState's 2017 State Policy Review & 2018 Preview
This is an updated compilation of six separate posts the MultiState team has published over the past month reviewing the top state issues of 2017 and previewing what's ahead in 2018.

Budgets

At the start of 2017, MultiState found that 31 states were facing budget...
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...

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