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The nonpartisan Cook Political Report moved the 2018 Connecticut Governor’s race from a “Lean Democrat” to a “Toss Up.” Since 2008, Republicans have made significant gains in the state legislature including flipping three State Senate seats last cycle leading to an even 18-18 split. On the House side, Republicans have doubled the number of seats they hold and are only four seats away from control of the lower chamber.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Monday that he would veto the budget that state Republicans have passed. Republican legislative leaders quickly promised a veto override according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The budget officially became law after the House voted on Wednesday to override Cooper’s veto. House Speaker Tim Mooreand Senate President Tim Berger, in responding to Cooper’s veto, noted that their budget includes tax cuts for the middle class as well as teacher pay raises.
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced a new task force that will look into what improvements can be made to the state’s foster care system. Vos stated that he hoped the bipartisan task force would produce solutions to the “multigenerational cycle of government dependence by strengthening community partnerships and reducing barriers within the system.”
Connecticut House Republican Leader Themis Klarides called for a vote on the Republican budget as state Democrats have been unable to come to an agreement with Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy. The plan that Klarides and other state Republicans have produced would help bring Connecticut’s fiscal situation in order without raising taxes.Gov. Malloy has indicated that deep cuts would have to be made to social services and municipal aid if legislative leaders are unable to pass a budget.
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin turned down an increase in his salary after a state commission voted to increase the salaries of all state elected officials. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Griffin sent a letter to the commission that he would be refusing a pay raise citing “the state’s tight budget and hardworking Arkansans’ need for more tax relief.”