Proposal by Lois Wolk would require changing tables in new, renovated restrooms
The State Senate voted 31-1 today to approve Senate Bill 1358 by State Senator Lois Wolk, D-Solano, which requires baby diaper changing tables be installed in men's and women's restrooms in restaurants, department stores and other frequently visited public areas in California.
Mon Aug 25, 2014
States Clear Way for Crowdfunding
This piece originally ran on Stateline , a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.
Sun Aug 24, 2014
Water conservation strategy should consider health, cost and community concerns, too
In April, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order asking residents to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent.
Christian Science Monitor
Overdraft protection: Should you have it?
A man uses an ATM machine of Bank Asya in Istanbul. Whether or not you choose overdraft protection should depend on how often you overdraw your account, but NerdWallet generally recommends avoiding it.
Fri Aug 22, 2014
The Washington Post
Billionaire's Pension Push Makes Him Workers? Bane: Muni Credit
When Kentucky, with the country's second-lowest funded pension system, set out to bolster the plan last year, it sought recommendations from Pew Charitable Trusts, funded in part by Houston billionaire John Arnold.
Local Tech Wire
Growing number of states clear way for crowdfunding
Editor's note: WRAL TechWire has covered aggressively the issue of crowdfunding legislation in North Carolina.
Thu Aug 21, 2014
Louisiana tax revenue still lags behind 2008 levels
Louisiana tax revenue collections has not returned to 2008 levels yet, according to the PEW Charitable Trusts.
Generation X Needs to Get Serious About Retirement
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Wed Aug 20, 2014
Governor meets with task force on juvenile justice
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined members of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice and representatives from Pew Charitable Trusts to launch a comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
New Zealand bans shark finning
New Zealand's Conservation Minister Nick Smith said Wednesday that the move will reinforce the country's reputation for sustainability and environmental protection.
Battle Creek Enquirer
Michigan generous with state worker health benefits
Health plans for state employees in Michigan are more generous compared to the average for state workers nationally, a new report shows.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
Silicon Alley Insider
Here's Why North Carolina Keeps Getting Poorer
A recent Brookings Institution report found four North Carolina metro areas fell within the top 10 in the nation for both growth in poor population and growth of poor neighborhoods .
Bangor Daily News
Conservation group completes deal to buy portion of Clapboard Island in Casco Bay
As expected last week , the Maine Coast Heritage Trust officially purchased the northeast half of Clapboard Island from Clapboard Island East LLC on Aug. 15. More than 175 individuals and several organizations supported the $1.4 million acquisition, including lead gifts from the town of Falmouth, the Land for Maine's Future Program and The Pew ... (more)
Sun Aug 17, 2014
NH worker health costs top U.S. list
New Hampshire's average monthly premium cost for state workers is 1 1/2 times that of the national average, according to the first-ever analysis of how much state governments pay to insure employees.
The Macon Telegraph
State covers most of employee health care costs
The data was released by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in a first-of-its-kind state-by-state breakdown of health plan spending for state employees.
Sat Aug 16, 2014
Oregon gas tax
As the per-gallon gasoline tax model fails to adequately fund infrastructure repairs, states are testing other approaches to make up for shortfalls.
The Brattleboro Reformer
Study: Vermont state workers pay more in health care premiums
Vermont state employees, on average, pay higher health care premiums than their counterparts in other states, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Fri Aug 15, 2014
Weirton Daily Times
West Virginia juvenile justice system study starts
The West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice held its first meeting Friday.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
Study of Nevada Health Insurance Under Scrutiny
Nevada officials are challenging a recent study on state employee health insurance benefits, saying Nevada workers pay a much smaller share of their premiums - and much closer to the national average - than the report suggests.
Study finds big range in state workers' health costs
A first-of-its-kind study by two charitable organizations found that states paid nearly $31 billion on employee insurance last year - making it the second largest category of state health care spending after Medicaid.