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SC governor in State of State: More money and bold actions

Jan. 20, 2022 00:16 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday that a booming economy and billions of dollars of extra revenue and federal COVID-19 relief money gives the state a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take bold steps to transform South Carolina. The Republican governor used his...

WA House passes pause to long-term care program and tax

Jan. 19, 2022 20:35 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly three years ago, Washington became the first state in the nation to establish a defined benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care. Now, lawmakers are quickly moving to delay implementation amid concerns about long-term solvency of the program and criticism of...

Text of Democratic response to SC State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 20:12 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Spencer Wetmore's Democratic response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Good evening! My name is Spencer Wetmore. I’m a freshman member of the South Carolina House of...

Text of SC Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 19:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow South Carolinians: We are here tonight to address...

Medical marijuana moves 1 step closer in Mississippi

Jan. 19, 2022 18:52 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is moving closer to joining most other states in allowing people to use marijuana to relieve medical conditions. The state House voted 104-14 Wednesday to pass a bill that would create a medical marijuana program. The bill passed...

N. Carolina Rep. Murphy joins powerful Ways and Means panel

Jan. 19, 2022 18:39 PM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy joined the House's powerful tax-writing committee on Wednesday, marking a significant boost in influence for the Pitt County Republican, even while serving in the minority. Murphy's appointment to the House Ways and...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Jan. 19, 2022 17:12 PM EST

Yankton Press & Dakotan. January 17, 2022. Editorial: An Early Push For SD Medicaid Expansion Medicaid expansion is coming before South Dakota voters in 11 months, but one high-profile state organization is not wasting any time to promote the effort, and probably...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 19, 2022 12:40 PM EST

Philadelphia Inquirer. January 19, 2022. Editorial: The Black community needs better internet access now Last November, President Biden signed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. The bill provides $42 billion for wiring underserved communities and...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 19, 2022 12:02 PM EST

Tupelo Daily Journal. January 12, 2022. Editorial: Investments in tech prep education continue to impress Lee County School District last month showed off its new $8 million Career and Technical Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility that houses several tracts...

What the No Surprises Act means for your medical bills

Jan. 19, 2022 07:02 AM EST

More Americans worry about unexpected medical bills than any other expense, according to polls by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2018 and 2020. Unfortunately, those bills aren’t rare: 18% of emergency visits and 16% of in-network hospital stays had at least one out-of-network...