Tag Archives: U.S. States

US states with shocking debts bigger than some countries

State Library Ed. Note:  Liking directly to the 7th slide that is regarding Oregon’s debt. You can move around in the slide show to review other states. With many state and local agencies unable to fully fund their pensions and healthcare benefits, some states’ debt is mounting beyond that of some nations. According to the […]
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Walmart offering drive-up alcohol pickup at 2,000 stores in 29 states

State Library Ed. Note: Oregon is one of the states that Walmart will offer this service. Retailers are duking it out like never before, rolling out all sorts of time-savers in hopes of earning your business. The latest example: Walmart said this week that is debuting drive-up alcohol pickup at about 2,000 of its stores […]
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Why These 5 States Hold Odd-Year Elections, Bucking The Trend

If you follow politics, you’re probably inundated by news of the 2020 presidential race by now. But did you know that 2019 is an election year too? This month, five states will hold big general elections. Voters in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia will elect either a whole slew of state lawmakers or […]
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Reading Scores on National Exam Decline in Half the States 

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story directly from the source, state employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800.

Some States With Legal Weed Embrace Vaping Bans, Warn Of Black Market Risks

Many cases of vaping-related injury seem to involve THC, health officials say. That’s led some states to take another look at the safety of the regulated cannabis market, as well as the black market. Around Washington state, cannabis shops are being required to hang signs warning customers of “severe lung injuries” and “deaths” associated with […]
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A simple step every state could take to safeguard elections

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. ELECTION SECURITY is a complex challenge. One essential step, however, is so simple it can be […]
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Oregon’s Per Capita Personal Income Ranked 25th Highest in 2018

Oregon’s total personal income ranked 26th in the nation in 2018, one spot below the 2017 rank. Data on personal income comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis – a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. State personal income captures total income within a state and is the sum of three main components: net […]
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More states exit Healthcare.gov to run their own insurance marketplaces

State Library Ed. Note: Story mentions, “Oregon is in the research process and seeking information from vendors.” A handful of states are contemplating leaving the federal healthcare marketplace in favor of their own state-based marketplace. Chasing possible cost savings, a better consumer experience and more autonomy, at least five states are considering or already making […]
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More States Say Goodbye to Columbus Day

State Library Ed. Note: From the story, “Oregon, which does not recognize Columbus Day, began celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017.” “Christopher Columbus didn’t find us.” Growing up on the Sandia Pueblo Reservation, New Mexico state Rep. Derrick J. Lente learned the same Christopher Columbus stories in school that his parents and grandparents had learned. […]
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Survey names Colorado, Washington among top data-driven states

State Library Ed. Note: Survey can be found here:  2019 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence. State governments are using data-driven analysis to make decisions more often than ever before, according to a survey released on Friday by the nonprofit organization Results for America. The group, which collaborated with Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2015 […]
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