Tim Anderson

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A compromise between business and labor groups in Kansas has led to the first overhaul of the state’s workers’ compensation system in nearly 20 years.

The Midwest, home to the first school voucher program in the nation, now has the most far-reaching U.S. voucher law as the result of actions taken this year in Indiana. 

Two Midwestern states are considering measures that would lessen the time it takes for businesses to get state environmental permits.

Currently, three states in the Midwest are among the nation’s 18 “ABC” states. The name refers to alcoholic beverage control, specifically the direct control that these jurisdictions retain over the distribution and sale of alcohol. In Ohio, the governor is pushing a plan that would transfer the liquor enterprise, and its profits, to JobsOhio. 

Soon after Rick Snyder introduced his first proposed budget as Michigan’s governor, lawmakers were being inundated with phone calls about one idea in particular: taxing the pension income of retirees.

Kansas lawmakers are hoping the creation of Rural Opportunity Zones will help address a long-time concern in many parts of the state: the loss of population.

From the moment changes to Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law were introduced, it became clear to legislators that state politics and policy—and their own jobs—were never going to be the same.


For policymakers looking to improve voter turnout, no state offers a better model than Minnesota.

No state in the Midwest relies more heavily on the sales tax than South Dakota. And in a state where more than half of total tax collections come from this revenue source, it comes as no surprise that lawmakers are trying to address a growing collection problem: the inability to bring in sales and use taxes from purchases made over the Internet.

Individuals interested in entering the teaching profession in Minnesota will be offered alternative pathways to certification under a bill that has received the backing of Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.


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