Pennsylvania Turnpike, world’s most expensive tollway system, increases tolls 5%

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike increased over the weekend, widening the turnpike’s gap as the most expensive tollway system in the world. A 5% toll increase approved by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) this summer took effect just after midnight on Sunday for all E-ZPass and Toll By Plate customers. The increase applies to the […]

Mobile sports betting to launch in New York this weekend

Mobile sports betting in New York can begin as early as this weekend after the state’s Gaming Commission announced Thursday that four operators have met the guidelines for launching. Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel and Rush Street Interactive can all start accepting wagers any time after 9 am ET Saturday, the Gaming Commission said in a […]

Hawaii could be more transparent about CARES Act spending, report says

Hawaiian officials could be more transparent about how federal COVID-19 relief is being spent, according to a report from the nonpartisan Good Jobs First. The nonprofit analyzed how states were tracking Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending and providing information to the public. CRF relief was provided to states through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) […]

Ohio’s highway system falls in national rankings

In a year, Ohio’s highway system fell from consideration as one of the best in the nation to average, based on a recently released report from the Reason Foundation. The state ranked 13th in the nation a year ago in the report that analyzes overall cost-effectiveness, along with condition, fatality rates and time spent commuting. It remains above […]

If Qatar can silence critics with a strong tournament, an Olympic bid could be next

When FIFA picked Qatar as the first Middle Eastern country to host the men’s football World Cup in 2022, some considered it a bold gamble. Others thought it was a mistake – including former FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Since then, controversy has never been far from a mega-event which is now less than a year away. Aside from allegations of bribery […]

Maryland ranked 11th most severe in report balancing first-year COVID-19 lockdowns with economic impact

COVID-19 mitigation measures taken in the first 13 months of the pandemic weighed heavily on Maryland’s economy and workforce, a newly released report says. The independent, nonpartisan think tank Georgia Center for Opportunity ranked Maryland No. 11 in its analysis, “Assessing Each State’s Response to the Pandemic: Understanding the Impact on Employment and Work.” Georgia Center […]

2021 Saw Another Surge of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in Subway

The number of anti-Asian incidents reported in the subway jumped last year, NYPD data shows, accounting for more than one third of all bias crimes in the system. Through the end of November — the latest figures provided by the Hate Crime Task Force — 30 of the 84 reported subway bias incidents targeted Asians, […]

Colorado sports betting totaled $475M in November

Colorado’s total sports betting handle for November eclipsed $475 million, according to the latest figures from the Department of Revenue (DOR).  The total represents a 3% decline since October when the state raked in a record $491 million in total wagers. However, it also represents a growth rate of more than 105% when compared to the $223 […]

Dunleavy again asks lawmakers to split Alaska’s DHSS into two agencies

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is making his second effort to separate the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) into two different departments. Last year Dunleavy issued an executive order that would have split the department into the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Family and Community Services (DFCS). The Alaska Constitution gives the governor […]

‘Shelter in place,’ travel ban, online classes, delays

The University of Pittsburgh will require its students to “shelter-in-place” when they return to campus Jan. 8. Georgetown University will be virtual through Jan. 30. Yale University has pushed back the start of its spring semester a week to Jan. 25, and it will also start online. Princeton University has even issued something of a […]