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Grand Forks halts project after Air Force deems Chinese company's land purchase "a threat"


...(The Center Square) Grand Forks, North Dakota, will deny building permits to a Chinese-based food manufacturer that purchased land near an Air... ...The site is 12 miles from the Grand Forks Air Force Base.In a letter to U.S.... ...South Dakota lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that creates a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States South Dakota to investigate... ...Doug Burgum said the letter from the Air Force finally gives the state clarity....

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Report: Georgia lawmakers should address the labor shortage, workforce development

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...(The Center Square) A new National Federation of Independent Business report shows that Georgia lawmakers should address the labor shortage and... ...Our members say they are really struggling to find qualified people to work," NFIB State Director Hunter Loggins said in a statement.... ...The Peach State had the 14th-best unemployment rate, ahead of South Carolina (3.3%), Tennessee (3.5%) and North Carolina (3.9%) but below Alabama... ...Last week, Georgia Commissioner Bruce Thompson said the state's "highly-skilled workforce and business-friendly environment continues to drive...

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Welfare programs worry lawmakers for different reasons

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...Dave Argall, R-Pottsville, told The Center Square his renewed effort to strengthen oversight of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and... ...(The Center Square) While senators on both sides of the aisle worry about the future of public assistance programs in Pennsylvania, the reforms... ...We believe there are sufficient safeguards in place to prevent welfare fraud already," said Savannah Thorpe, spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader... ...Maria Collet, D-North Wales, told The Center Square that as the proportion of residents struggling to make ends meet grows, so too must the state's...

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Red light, don't turn right bill introduced to Washington Legislature

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...(The Center Square) Under legislation proposed in the Washington state Senate, drivers would face new limits on when it's permissible to make... ..., public park or playground, recreation center, library, public transit center, hospital, or senior center.Were the bill to become law, Washington... ...John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, explained his thinking during a public hearing before the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.... ...preliminary report from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 745 people were killed in crashes in 2022, the highest number of fatalities in...

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Rep. Schrier seeks support for Washington farmers with bipartisan bill

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...Representative Kim Schrier (WA-08) introduced a bipartisan bill that seeks to support Washington state farmers by fixing the Specialty Crop Research... ...(The Center Square) U.S.... ...), Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) joined Schrier in introducing the bipartisan bill.... ...The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Northwest Horticultural Council and the U.S. Apple Association endorsed the bill....

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State income tax exemption on retirement plans proposed

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...George Cleveland of Onslow County, Frank Iler of Brunswick County, Jon Hardister of Guilford County, and Donna McDowell White of Johnston County,... ...(The Center Square) House Republicans introduced legislation on Friday to eliminate state income taxes on government retirement plans.House Bill... ...to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.... ...Carolina exempts all Social Security retirement benefits from income taxes, while other forms of retirement income is taxed at a flat rate of 4.75%...

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Hochul touts $1B plan to overhaul mental health


...(The Center Square) New York Gov.... ...Kathy Hochul wants to spend $1 billion to overhaul the state's beleaguered mental health system by creating more beds and expanding services.... ...Last year, a coalition of groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a warning that the youth mental health crisis is a "national... ...Cal Hedigan, C.E.O. of Community Access, a nonprofit that provides housing and mental health services, welcomed Hochul's pitch to expand investment...

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McMorris Rodgers drops RELIEVE Act to close major VA coverage loophole for vets

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...(The Center Square) A bill introduced by eastern Washington U.S.... ...Kathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, in Congress is aimed at closing a loophole that affects many veterans" ability to access healthcare when they... ...Chris Pappas, D-NH, and Rep.... ...He rose to the rank of three star general in the United States Marine Corps where he served for 40 years before retiring in 2009.The law the bill...

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Missouri Senate leader remains positive after heated critical race theory debate

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...(The Center Square) The leader of Missouri's Senators believes they're collegial and moving forward, even though two Senators were gaveled during... ...We're still working together, getting along," President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, told reporters during an end-of-the-week press conference... ...Barbara Washington, D-Kansas City, success would be killing Senate Bill 4.... ...Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, engaged in a loud debate and were brought back to order on Wednesday....

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Report: Maine falls well below national average in collection of fines, fees

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...(The Center Square) Maine ranked near the bottom in a new national report detailing the collection of fines and fees.The Reason Foundation unveiled... ..., with California second at $1.26 billion, and Texas third at $1.17 billion.... ..., director of communications for Maine Policy Institute, told The Center Square fines and fees collection is relatively small, but the Legislature... ...Massachusetts collected $109 million, Rhode Island $10.5 million, New Hampshire $4 million, and Vermont $3 million.The report shows that local governments...

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