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06/29/10

Chicago (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation into law that aims at reducing bullying in Illinois schools.

Quinn signed the bill Sunday at a Chicago school and the law goes into effect immediately. His office says the measure expands the definition of bullying to include communications via e-mail, text message or social networking Web sites.

Quinn says the new law "helps schools protect students so they can succeed both inside and outside of the classroom."

06/22/10

The New York Times:

New Yorkers who like to smoke will have to dig a little deeper to light up next month, after the Legislature passed a bill on Monday that will give the state the highest cigarette taxes in the country. 

06/21/10

Stateline.org:

To see the way many cash-strapped states ginned up revenue for the coming fiscal year, Colorado is a good place to look. 

06/21/10

The Sacramento Bee:

Members of the two-house legislative committee working on the state budget — especially its dominant Democrats — have spent much of the week lamenting that they don't have enough money to satisfy all demands, including their own.

 

06/17/10

Star Tribune: A new political organization, backed by two of the state's most powerful business interests and led by one of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top deputies, could result in a powerful wave of corporate cash in this year's state elections.

06/17/10

Stateline.org:

President Obama took up the cause of state and local governments Saturday (June 12), as he urged congressional leaders to boost funding for health care and schools.

06/17/10

The Star Ledger:

NJ Transit is giving new meaning to the adage “spend money to make money.”

06/17/10

The Democrat and Chronicle:

As many large cities in New York finish their fiscal year at month's end, they are awaiting a big payment from the state to close out their books.

06/17/10

The Albany Times Union:

Another day, another act of budget brinkmanship.

06/17/10

The Richard Times-Dispatch:

President Barack Obama's program to jump-start the economy with a flood of federal spending has put more than $3 billion into the pockets of Virginians who need it -- the working poor, unemployed and seniors, according to a liberal think tank.

06/17/10

The News Observer:

The state Senate and the business lobby want to take away a big stick that the state's tax collector says it needs to punish big businesses that dodge their taxes.

 

06/17/10

The New York Times:

Nearly a year ago, Gov. David A. Paterson went to court to fight for his appointment of Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor, a man whose acumen and experience the governor said could help the state weather its financial challenges. 

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