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Thursday, September 19th, 2019

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Watchdog.org Stories

Michigan

State lawmaker to challenge Gov. Whitmer's flavored vaping ban

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square ​ | ​

State Rep. Beau LaFave says he’s working with House colleagues on a bill that would allow legal Michigan adults to vape flavored nicotine, dodging Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmers’ emergency order ban of the product in retail stores and online. Read more

Pennsylvania

School choice supporters gather in Capitol to urge Wolf not to crack down on charters

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square ​ | ​

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision in August to impose new rules on the state’s charter schools drew praise from those who feel the charter system has an unfair advantage over traditional schools. But it also attracted condemnation from school choice supporters who saw the move as an attack on a… Read more

Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's budget reduction memo could be groundwork for graduated income tax push, analyst says

By Greg Bishop | The Center Square ​ | ​

A memo Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration reportedly sent to state agency directors last week asks for ideas to save 6.5 percent through efficiencies, elimination of boards and commissions and other ideas. But how to deal with the state’s major cost driver of pensions is absent. Read more

Texas

City of Austin sued over using taxpayer money to fund abortion access

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square ​ | ​

Ten days after a new law went into effect prohibiting taxpayer dollars from funding abortion facilities, the Austin City Council voted to direct $150,000 of next year’s budget to fund abortion access. Read more

Illinois

Illinois businesses have just months to comply with new discrimination standards

By Cole Lauterbach | The Center Square ​ | ​

Illinois’ small businesses have less than four months before they must adhere to an entirely new and enhanced set of rules and protections for their workers. Read more