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For many African immigrants, the chance at a better life does not quite live up to its promise in the United States.  Several leave their home countries with higher education degrees and experience that they are unable to transfer in the states.  This often results in doctors, lawyers, and bankers becoming taxi drivers, janitors, or dishwashers in order to make ends meet.
President Obama made a visit to New Jersey to discuss a new program the Camden police department has been working on to bridge the gap between community members and the police.  Police association have been expressing some concerns over President Obama’s comments about police and have been looking for him to show support and understanding for the actions police officers take in protecting civilians.
For states that offer huge tax credits to movie and television companies, lawmakers are considering scaling back on the incentives.  Offering tax credits to companies provide jobs as well as boost the economy, however, limited regulation on tax credits may be contributing to budget deficits.
Florida has joined 20 other states that offer online voter registration.  The system would be in place by 2017 and would still allow for the option of paper voter registration.
The governor of Maine, Paul LePage has proposed more restrictions for those on public assistance.  The proposal calls for ending food stamps and cash payments to families with a drug conviction.  The proposal is aimed at reducing the chance that public funds are spent on drugs.  Other regulations would require drug testing for those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds.
In Comptroller v. Wynne the U.S. Supreme Court held that Maryland’s tax on out-of-state income was unconstitutional and amounted to a tariff.  As a result, Maryland counties will know owe close to $200 million in tax refunds to taxpayers.
Lawmakers in states such as New York and Texas are looking for ways to lower property tax in counties and cities.  While states do not levy property taxes, they are creating ways to make them more manageable for their residents.
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York instituted new measures to protect nail salon workers by providing them with back pay and investigations into the working conditions to ensure they were healthy.  A New York Times exposé found that several workers have fallen victim to wage theft and have illnesses associated with the chemicals used in their profession.
State lawmakers in Texas are looking to end the program that provides students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class with scholarships.  Concerns over funding are fueling the discussion to end the program once all of the students who are currently receiving the scholarship graduate. 
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a body camera bill that creates a commission that will develop guidelines on police-worn body cameras.  Maryland is one of several states that have had body-cam measure in its legislative session following a string of officer-involved fatalities nationwide last year.
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