By Michael Barone | 03/26/14 11:09 AM
In a Washington Examiner column earlier this month, I suggested that welfare reform may have had the incidental and beneficial effect of cutting crime -- and be responsible for part of the astonishing decline of violent crime over the last 20 years. Now I see, thanks to Ben Domenech's "The...
By Sophia Tareen | 03/26/14 08:32 AM
Quinn is expected to stress his election-year theme of protecting the middle class as he presents a budget address Wednesday that political experts and lawmakers say could be his toughest yet.
By David A. Lieb | 03/26/14 08:30 AM
Missouri's Republican-led Legislature has repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals over the past two years and shows little inclination of embracing one now.
03/26/14 08:29 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Amid rising labor union pressure, public negotiations resumed Tuesday on efforts to raise Minnesota's nation-trailing minimum wage for the first time in almost a decade. A House-Senate conference committee held an 11-minute hearing, its first public session since early...
By Associated Press | 03/26/14 08:28 AM
Legislation to give food stamps users an incentive to buy healthy foods at farmers markets has been endorsed from the by the Missouri Senate.
By Rebecca Berg | 03/25/14 07:16 PM
New Hampshire was ground zero Tuesday for the ongoing political debate over optional Medicaid expansion in the states, as ordered under Obamacare. The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the expansion, just as Vice President Joe Biden happened to be traveling the state...
By Joseph Lawler | 03/25/14 11:29 AM
The vast majority of payday loans are rolled over or quickly followed by new loans, and most people who borrow from payday lenders are recipients of government benefits, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
By Bob Christie | 03/25/14 08:45 AM
The Arizona House of Representatives on Monday failed to reach a budget deal after hours of tenuous discussions and a called off vote that left a frustrated Speaker Andy Tobin huddled with members of his own party who refused to back a plan he endorsed.
03/24/14 06:15 PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposed a two-year pilot of an expanded Medicaid program Monday in a bid to persuade Republicans to end an impasse over the state's budget. The new Democratic governor announced the plan shortly before the General Assembly returned to Richmond for...
By Alan Suderman | 03/24/14 08:53 AM
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to propose a 2 percent raise for state employees when lawmakers return to Richmond on Monday for a special session in which they will try to pass a roughly $96 billion two-year budget.
By Associated Press | 03/24/14 08:50 AM
The city of New Orleans must pay $17.5 million for its share of the fire department's retirement fund for 2010 through 2012, The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled.
By Associated Press | 03/24/14 08:50 AM
A planned strike by thousands of University of California hospital workers was averted after contract talks yielded a deal, officials said Sunday.
By Connie Cass | 03/24/14 08:41 AM
Millions of people in the United States will remain uninsured despite this week's final, frenzied push to sign them up under the health law. Their reasons are all over the map.
By Susan Ferrechio | 03/24/14 06:32 AM
The House and Senate this week are set to clash on legislation to extend federal jobless benefits as well as a measure to provide a loan package to troubled Ukraine. The Senate on Monday is poised to move forward on a bill that would supply Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees aimed at...
By Linda Chavez | 03/21/14 04:21 PM
Conservatives traditionally have regarded minimum-wage laws with skepticism -- and for good reason. Attempts by government to interfere with market forces in setting wages rarely work out as intended. But a group of conservative pundits and activists recently joined President Obama and others on...
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