Iowa governor requests DHS staff salary increases, ‘status quo’ on Medicaid funding

For the first time in at least 15 years, an Iowa governor has not recommended funding changes for Medicaid. The announcement was made by Legislative Service Agency Analyst Jess Benson as he presented Gov. Kim Reynolds’ fiscal year 2023 Department of Health and Human Services budget recommendations Tuesday. Benson said the Department of Management and […]

Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas high-speed rail could break ground next year

Las Vegas residents could hop on a train after lunch and step off in downtown Los Angeles before dinner in only a few years, according to a progress update from the company seeking to make the rail trip a reality. Brightline, a Florida-based company focusing on city-to-city light rail, is working with the U.S. Department […]

French ski resorts are fighting for survival due to changing COVID travel restrictions

Before COVID, the winter sports tourism industry was worth over €70 billion (£58.2 billion) a year globally, with ski resorts expanding across the world. The pandemic then led to a stark decrease in visitor numbers, with a major impact on revenues and livelihoods. Resorts in France were dealt a further blow in mid-December 2021 when all non-essential travel from the UK was […]

Indiana bills seek to regulate teaching race in upcoming session

Indiana would ban the teaching of certain ideas about race, including those that might make any student feel guilty or uncomfortable, while also prohibiting schools from requiring employee training on banned race-related ideas, according to two bills drafted for the legislature. The state will convene its annual legislative session on Tuesday. The two wide-ranging bills […]

NJ Transit approves contracts for Trenton, Newark station projects

NJ Transit is moving forward with a pair of station overhauls on the busy Northeast Corridor. Last week, the agency’s Board of Directors approved contracts for work at the Trenton Transit Center and historic Newark Penn Station. The $1.9 million Trenton Transit Center contract to AECOM Technical Services includes construction support and design services for […]

As mobile sports betting launches, New York now looks to award new casino licenses

A year after passing a major expansion in gaming, New York appears set to do it again. The fiscal year 2023 budget proposal Gov. Kathy Hochul released this week calls for the state to issue the three remaining casino licenses the state has available. Those licenses were supposed to be awarded in the 2023 calendar […]

Louisiana lawmaker files legislation to fight homeowners associations

A Louisiana lawmaker wants to limit the authority of homeowners associations to ensure contracts respect constitutional rights. State Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Mandeville, has filed House Bill 9 for the upcoming legislative session to insert language in state law in reference to “community documents” between homeowners associations and lot owners. “Any provision of a community document which restricts […]

Interborough Express Plows Through Past Opposition to Rail Line Reactivation

The presidents of Brooklyn and Queens have linked up behind Gov. Kathy Hochul’s push to bring public transit service to an underused freight line in the heart of their boroughs — but not every official on the 14-mile route is cheering. On Thursday, Hochul revealed the findings of a fast-tracked feasibility study that found bus […]

Why most NFL head coaches are white – behind the NFL’s abysmal record on diversity

A couple of weeks after the close of the National Football League’s regular season, there is just one Black head coach and one Latino head coach left in the League – Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Ron Rivera of the Washington Football Team, respectively. This follows the firing of Brian Flores by the Miami Dolphins and David Culley by the Houston […]

Ethics watchdog issues report on payday loan industry lobbying

It has become a cycle of despair for low-income residents with poor credit scores: They take out a high-interest installment loan to tide them over in tough times and soon accumulate an unmanageable load. They pay off old debt with new loans at rates of up 175 percent. For years, state lawmakers have unsuccessfully tried […]