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States Flex their Muscles on Immigration

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   On August 30, a U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction against a Texas law set to take effect that sought to crack down against so-called “sanctuary cities”, or cities where local authorities limit or refuse to cooperate with federal immigration laws and any federal efforts to enforce these […]

Bipartisan Health Reform Efforts Coalesce

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   After another spectacular and somewhat expected crashing and burning of federal healthcare reform efforts, a new and often unfamiliar approach is beginning to take hold on the issue in Washington, with the support of numerous state governors, congressional legislators and outside advocacy groups: bipartisanship. While such a strategy is […]

Amidst Opioid Crisis, State Attorneys General Urge Congress to Continue Funding Drug Treatment Programs

BY FOCUS, a Leonine Business   The attorneys general of 19 states and the District of Columbia announced recently that they have formed a coalition urging the U.S. Congress to include adequate drug treatment funding in any potential legislation seeking to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The attorneys general argue that during […]

States Risk Economic Slowdown with Income Tax Proposals

BY FOCUS, a Leonine Business If states are truly “laboratories of democracy” as is often mused, then the state of Kansas has in recent years turned itself into a veritable science project gone wrong through a series of tax policy missteps coupled with a staunch unwillingness to change course. In 2011, the state implemented an […]

More States Risk Economic Fallout With “Bathroom Bills”

In 2016, North Carolina called a special legislative session for the purpose of enacting a first-in-the-nation “bathroom bill”. The act – the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act – known colloquially as HB 2, contains a provision that limits individuals to using only restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth […]

Emerging Issue – With More Drivers Taking to the Roads, States Seek Infrastructure Solutions

U.S. drivers are taking to the road more than ever before this year. According to data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Americans drove more than 2.4 trillion miles in the first nine months of the year. Alongside record miles traveled, the FHWA also announced that American drivers consumed 71.8 billion barrels of gasoline in […]