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    • Stateline Story
    February 4, 2007
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    Cheers for Sen. James Webb. His Democratic rejoinder to the State of the Union address provided a blast of fresh politics we hear all too rarely, either in Washington or the state capitals.
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    • Stateline Story
    January 4, 2007
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    Now that a majority of states have boosted wages above the federal minimum, lawmakers in at least seven states want to guarantee workers paid sick days. Buoyed by overwhelming approval of a San Francisco ballot initiative that would allow workers at least nine sick days per year, lawmakers in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Vermont, Maine, Montana, Michigan and Maryland are expected to propose similar measures.
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    • Stateline Story
    September 22, 2006
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        Voters in a record number of states will decide Nov. 7 whether to hike the minimum wage, continuing an unprecedented two-year trend of state action on an issue that remains bottled up in Congress. In the past two years, more states have raised their minimum-wage rates than in the 68-year-history of the federal minimum wage law. Political analysts on both sides of the issue agree that recent fervor for the issue is as much related to politics as it is to policy. function popup() { javascript:mywindow=window.open('http://www.stateline.org/live/digitalAssets/3398_min_wage.html','mywindow','width=445,height=520,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,scrollbars=no,status=no,toolbar=no,resizable=no');mywindow.focus();screen_height = window.screen.availHeight; screen_width = window.screen.availWidth; left_point = parseInt(screen_width/2)-(370/2); top_point = parseInt(screen_height/2)-(430/2); setTimeout('mywindow.moveTo(left_point,top_point)',100);void(0); }
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    • Stateline Story
    July 17, 2006
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    Soaring property tax bills, spurred by skyrocketing home prices, have gotten the attention of state lawmakers this election year. Pennsylvania's new property tax rebates for seniors stirred up some dust in the governor's race. Florida voters in November will consider a property tax discount for disabled war veterans and the elderly. In New York, property tax rebate checks could land in homeowners' mailboxes within weeks of the election. 
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    • Stateline Story
    June 12, 2006
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    State Democratic parties want members to vote with their wallets -- specifically, by using a special Master Card whose rewards are not frequent flyer miles, but rather campaign cash for state party coffers. In a new twist on political fund raising, loyal Democrats now can flash credit cards exhibiting pride in their party the same way proud graduates carry credit cards bearing their university's name.
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    • Stateline Story
    June 5, 2006
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    Chief legal officers of 39 states and Guam want to change federal rules that allow tobacco manufacturers to sell cigarettes as "little cigars," letting companies skirt taxes and health restrictions. The push against little cigars adds to recent state efforts to pressure the tobacco industry, but a consumer advocate calls the plan a play for more money in taxes.
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    • Stateline Story
    May 5, 2006
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    Six state programs, ranging from Maine's comprehensive health care reform to Wisconsin's environmental program for businesses, are competing for $100,000 grants in one of the nation's premiere good government competitions.
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    • Stateline Story
    March 29, 2006
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    A new ruling could threaten more than a billion dollars a year in payments from the nation's major cigarette manufacturers to 46 states and ignite a fresh round of legal battles between states and Big Tobacco.
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    • Stateline Story
    March 13, 2006
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    Shoppers in four states -- Mississippi, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming -- soon may be paying less at the supermarket checkout counter, thanks to reduced taxes on groceries. more

    • Stateline Story
    December 29, 2005
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    O Canada! Home of ice hockey, Molson beer and the answer to some U.S. politicians' prayers for a cheap, reliable source of brand name prescription drugs.  
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