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Illinois Raises Tobacco Age

A new law makes Illinois the eighth state to raise the minimum age requirement to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Last year,...
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Governor Veto Power in Wisconsin

History of the partial veto The governor of Wisconsin has always had package veto power, which, until the early 1900s, proved sufficient as a check...
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Illinois Considering Statewide Plastic Bag Tax

In response to Illinois’ budget crisis, there have been a number of proposals discussed to increase the state’s revenue. Two proposals would make Illinois...

Labor Department Unveils New Overtime Pay Requirements

On March 7, the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled a long-awaited proposal to make roughly 1.1 million more workers eligible for overtime pay. The...
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Illinois’ Economic Forecast Report

Moody's Analytics provided its latest Forecast Report to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability and gave some optimism to Illinois. Some highlights include: ...
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Illinois’ Plan to Increase Minimum Wage

Illinois’ minimum wage will gradually increase starting next year. Governor JB Pritzker made increasing the minimum wage a central issue of his campaign for...
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Exclusion Process Mandated by Congress on China List 3 Retaliatory Tariffs

In the recently passed appropriations legislation, Congress ordered the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office to create a process for requesting product-specific exclusions from...
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President Trump Signs Spending Package, Declares National Emergency at Border

Combined with a spending package he signed on Friday to avert a government shutdown, President Trump declared a national emergency on the southern U.S....
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2018 Recap & 2019 Look-ahead: Agriculture,

Major U.S. Congressional Agriculture Actions in 2018Grain glitch fix and cotton support revamp The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act inadvertently created a large incentive...
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Border Wall Funding: The Texan Perspective

Now that border wall advocates have failed in their attempts to negotiate border wall funding out of a Democrat controlled Congress, President Trump last...