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Elaine S. Povich

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.

Public Safety

Post-Insurrection, States Balance Capitol Security, Openness

Dissatisfaction with democracy could lead to further attacks at state capitols.

Tech & Data

Internet Ads Are a Popular Tax Target for Both Parties

Digital snooping and pandemic profits have fueled anger against tech giants.

Health & Human Services

Adoptees Press States for Access to Original Birth Certificates

New York is one of only nine states that allow adoptees unrestricted access to their original birth certificates. About a dozen states are considering bills to also do so.

Management

Pandemic Provokes City vs. State Conflicts

The Georgia legislature approved legislation that would preempt the commission’s powers, after the panel moved toward restricting police funding. State preemption of local powers is increasing nationwide.

Health & Human Services

Pandemic-Paused Plastic Bag Bans Ripped Anew by Critics

Philadelphia’s bag ban was delayed due to the pandemic, which has derailed similar bans across the country. Eight states have anti-plastic bag laws on the books.

Tech & Data

Pandemic Drives Phone, Computer ‘Right-to-Repair’ Bills

Legislation in half the states would make it easier to fix phones and computers.