Tim Anderson

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Seven states in the Midwest now have adopted energy-efficiency resource standards, a policy tool increasingly being used by lawmakers to promote energy conservation and cut consumers’ electric bills over the long run.

Across the Midwest, no single expenditure gobbles up more of the state budget pie than K-12 education — a reflection of the high priority that legislatures place on education, as well as the pressures that lawmakers have faced (from constituents and the courts, for example) to strengthen funding for schools. In the coming months, that dedication to K-12 education funding will be put to the test.
 

The national recession didn’t strike every part of the United States with equal force, and it appears the Great Lakes region got the worst of the severe economic blow.

As the result of a unanimous decision made in November by its Board of Education, South Dakota has become the eighth state in the Midwest to adopt the Common Core State Standards.

Stateline Midwest, Volume 19, No. 11- December 2010

As the result of a unanimous decision made in November by its Board of Education, South Dakota has become the eighth state in the Midwest to adopt the Common Core State Standards....

The number of legislative committees in Minnesota will be significantly reduced over the next biennium, a move that leaders say will save the state money and free up lawmakers to spend more time with constituents.

Illinois became the first state in the Midwest with a civil-union law for same-sex couples as the result of a bill (SB 1716) passed during the legislature’s fall veto session.

Tax incentives to attract the filmmaking industry are expected to receive close scrutiny in 2011 by legislatures and newly elected governors in at least three Midwestern states.

The practice of “robo-signing” by banks and other loan servicers in the mortgage foreclosure process has resulted in new legislation in Illinois and a first-of-its-kind lawsuit in Ohio.

Minnesota state agencies are on pace to purchase close to 1 million gallons of E85 in 2010, meaning nearly one-fifth of the retail fuel bought by the agencies is now a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

The federal government will be relying on the states to make the most of its historic federal commitment to clean up and restore the Great Lakes.

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