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Elaine S. Povich

Health & Human Services

States Look to Help Tenants Pay for Air Conditioning as Climate Warms

“We don’t want anybody to pass away because of something we can fix; that’s just not right.”

Management

State AGs Want Power to Hit Airlines for Consumer Complaints

Thirty-eight attorneys general sent a letter to Congress seeking the change.

Health & Human Services

Looser Liquor Laws Boosted Restaurants — and Maybe Problem Drinking

“Covid brought about a long-delayed reckoning about how alcohol is regulated and controlled.”

Health & Human Services

As Prices Rise, the Push to End Diaper Taxes Grows

Thirty-one states charge sales tax on diapers, but a movement to eliminate those taxes is gaining ground because of record-high inflation and booming state budgets.

Management

Without Obergefell, Most States Would Have Same-Sex Marriage Bans

The Roe v. Wade ruling has lawmakers returning to an issue many thought was settled law.

Finance

Covid Woes Prompt More States to Require Financial Literacy Classes

The pandemic has underscored how few Americans are prepared for financial emergencies.

Management

More States Help Workers Save for Retirement

Employees are much more likely to save if they have automatic payroll deductions at work.

Public Safety

Rideshare Riders Could Get Stuck with Medical Bills in a Crash

In some states, Uber and Lyft don’t have to pay if passengers are hurt in a hit-and-run accident.

Public Safety

Regulators Scrutinize Buy Now, Pay Later Plans

Consumer advocates worry about buyers overextending themselves.

Finance

Cities and States Find New Ways to Tax Streaming Services

Governments are desperate to recoup lost revenue as people cut the cable cord.

Tech & Data

No Puppy for Christmas: Online Pet Scams Proliferate

Pet fraud comprises a third of online shopping scam complaints.

Tech & Data

Robocallers Try New Tactics to Evade Crackdowns

Scofflaws innovate after every government attempt to block scam calls.

Public Safety

States Use Hurricane Ida Damage to Push Infrastructure Bill

Governors of both parties are lobbying Congress to ensure resilience measures are included.

Infrastructure

Out-of-State Toll Scofflaws Vex State Authorities

States such as New Jersey are losing millions when out-of-state drivers fail to pay their tolls, fines and fees. Some states are looking at reciprocal agreements.

Public Safety

Lawmakers Call Foul on Referee Abuse

Wisconsin is one of a half-dozen states considering umpire and referee protection legislation this year.

Health & Human Services

States Braced for a Wave of Covid Lawsuits. It Never Arrived.

About 30 states have enacted laws to shield businesses from being sued if a patron or worker contracts Covid-19.

Infrastructure

Waste Not? Some States Are Sending Less Food to Landfills

New York is one of eight states that have enacted laws to cut down on food in landfills, where it breaks down into methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and is released into the atmosphere.