Representation of women in state elective office has increased in the Midwest over the past 35 years, but since the late 1990s, the gains have slowed — and even stopped in some instances. Exactly why the percentages have flat-lined since the 1990s is unclear, much like some of the other questions involving the under-representation of women in state government.
In 2000, more than half of the U.S. states were fully funding their state pension systems. By 2010, Wisconsin stood alone as the only state that had set aside enough money to meet 100 percent of its long-term pension liabilities.
Perhaps most concerning of all, funding levels in 2010 were below 80 percent in 34 states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota and Ohio....
Name the hot-button issue in state government these days, and it’s likely to appear this fall on a statewide ballot somewhere in the Midwest.
In Minnesota, voters will decide whether to join the seven other Midwestern states with a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage (see time line below). The state’s residents will also likely determine the fate of a controversial photo-ID requirement...
With Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich’s signing of HB 473 into law in June, each of the eight Great Lakes states now has water-management plans in place to comply with a historic agreement designed to protect the world’s largest system of fresh surface water.
The state of Illinois is set to boost funding for agriculture research and water quality, while also providing a sustainable revenue resource for the regulatory efforts of its Department of Agriculture.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and multiple studies have shown that graduated driver’s license (GDL) laws are effective in improving teen driving safety.
Michigan Rep. Joel Johnson says he entered elective office this year looking to save taxpayers money whenever and wherever he could. Within weeks, he found one of his first targets: a health care benefit for him and his legislative colleagues.