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Sunday, June 12, 2011

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Interesting Reuters story by Kathy Finn, from June 11th.

And John Gramlich of Stateline has a national survey article headed "In an era of one-party rule, Republicans pass sweeping state agenda." The long article begins:

Republicans controlled all the levers of government in a staggering number of states this year. And it showed.

Holding a lock on the governorship and both houses of the legislature in 20 states, GOP conservatives advanced an agenda that may change the face of state government for decades. They honored pledges not to raise taxes by enacting huge spending cuts to balance budgets in Florida and Texas. They put tough abortion limits back on the agenda, passing laws in Alabama, Kansas and Oklahoma. Most famously, Republicans in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin put new restrictions on the rights of public employees, whose protests made national news for a month.

Though Democrats proved powerless to stop those changes, they moved a profoundly different agenda in the 11 states where they enjoy total control of state government. Arguing that budget cuts could only go so far, Democrats pushed tax increases in Connecticut, Illinois and Maryland. Meanwhile, Vermont approved a health care law supported by liberals that could prove far more expansive in scope than the controversial overhaul passed in Congress last year.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 12, 2011 10:16 AM
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