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    • Stateline Story
    July 26, 2010
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    This time of year, politicians love to give shoppers a break on clothes, shoes and back-to-school supplies. The short bursts of tax relief are popular with consumers and retailers, but tax experts say the benefits are oversold. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 21, 2010
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    Being a state's top lawyer allows for many opportunities to side with popular causes and make headlines. But it also opens attorneys general to criticism that they're using their office for political gain. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 14, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: A national debate over state campaign finance systems and the First Amendment is hitting the courts just in time for election season. Gubernatorial campaigns in Arizona, Connecticut and Florida already have been affected substantially.
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    • Stateline Story
    July 6, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Florida could become the first of the Gulf states to call a special legislative session to address problems caused by the BP oil spill. Meanwhile, the state's June revenue numbers - due by the end of this month - are expected to offer a sobering look at the spill's effect on the already-troubled state budget. Florida is likely to be hit worse than the other states affected by the spill because it leans heavily on sales taxes paid by tourists.
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    • Stateline Story
    June 24, 2010
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    The Gulf Coast states were hopeful that 2010 would be a year of economic revival. Now, one of the worst environmental tragedies in U.S. history is jeopardizing the future of the tourism, fishing and deep-water oil drilling industries. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida do not have the money to offset the revenue losses and are counting on BP to rescue them.
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    • Stateline Story
    June 3, 2010
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    With the housing bust driving down land prices, this is the perfect time for states to boost their conservation efforts. But the recession has forced states to cut funding for land acquisition and to pull back from bond sales. The cutbacks point to a dilemma that often bedevils state land programs: Conservation is easiest to fund when times are good but when land prices are the highest. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 21, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: The stream of headlines coming out of Florida in recent weeks has catalogued a growing divide between Governor Charlie Crist and the state Republicans he once led. Crist, who is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent after struggling in Florida's Republican primary, has infuriated his former GOP colleagues on a range of state policies.
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    • Stateline Story
    April 30, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: The Florida Senate on Thursday (April 29) put the state budget, a property-insurance overhaul, an energy bill and other end-of-session legislation on hold while it debated imposing tough new abortion rules. If approved, the bill would become at least the third state measure in recent weeks to impose strict new regulations on women who seek abortions. Nebraska and Oklahoma passed abortion-related laws earlier this month.
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    • Stateline Story
    April 28, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: The oil spill caused by the explosion of a rig off the coast of Louisiana last week is reigniting a debate in the states over whether offshore drilling is environmentally safe. Florida Governor Charlie Crist toured the site of the spill on Tuesday (April 27) and called on lawmakers to hold off on plans to expand drilling in the coming years.
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    • Stateline Story
    April 27, 2010
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    After Massachusetts started rolling out its 2006 law to ensure that nearly every one of its residents had health insurance, the sudden influx of newly insured patients created long waits to see primary care doctors. Now, physicians worry the entire country could see the same thing happen when the recently passed national health law takes full effect in 2014. more

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