States feel budget pinch amid darkening revenue projections | Analysis
A slowing economy is hitting many states’ tax collections as they craft new budgets.
In states with legal pot: How to protect cannabis workers? | Analysis
By Leigh Giangreco Most cannabis dispensaries are cash-only businesses, constantly at risk of being robbed. Indoor growing facilities use harsh lighting, and plants get sprayed with pesticides. Those conditions can create daily hazards for cannabis workers, which is why labor organizers are trying to unionize them as legalization spreads and the marijuana workforce grows. “Cannabis […]
Firing squads could return as states debate the death penalty | Analysis
Twenty-seven states allow capital punishment, but public support for it has declined.
GOP leaders in some states want to add abortion ban exceptions | Analysis
By Stephen Elliott NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With Tennessee’s so-called trigger law already on the books, the state enacted its abortion ban almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June. Yet even as anti-abortion legislators and advocates celebrated, they considered how much further they could go — perhaps by barring […]
Shared power used to be the norm in statehouses. Now it’s nearly extinct | Analysis
State government control is split between the parties in only 10 states — the fewest since 1952.
More states are doing what they can to cap insulin costs | Analysis
'These proposed solutions are definitely a step in the right direction and address a big harm, which is when people ration because of affordability,' said Dr. Jing Luo, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
Motley marijuana laws are driving consumers — and revenue — across state lines | Analysis
Efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in Pa. have failed to gain traction, even as other states have moved.
As fentanyl use spikes, feds urge states to ease methadone rules
A new national survey shows rapidly expanding use of methadone to fight opioid use disorder.
States are having trash troubles. Here’s why that matters to you
Across the nation, the pandemic has exposed problems with getting trash collected.
What to do about busy — and dangerous — state roads? | Analysis
State transportation departments often resist attempts to slow traffic on busy urban state roads.
How the health harms of mass shootings ripple across communities
By Michael Ollove A grim and familiar pattern has followed the parade of mass shootings across America. In their aftermath, the nation’s attention focuses on the direct victims of the attacks, the dead and injured, their families and friends, and the witnesses. But a growing body of research reveals that the negative effects of mass […]
Election deniers already are disrupting the midterm election | Analysis
Conspiracists are monitoring ballot drop boxes and filming voters.