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Kansas Governor Sam Browback has repealed employee protections for LGBT citizens citing the executive orders the protections come from then-governor, Kathleen Sebelius, were outside of the scope of her authority.  Additionally, the legislature should be the only one to be able to provide these protections.  As a result, employees can be legally fired, harassed or denied a job for being gay or transgender.
The governor of Illinois recently filed an executive order preventing state workers from being forced to pay union fees that support collective bargaining.  Governor Rauner also filed a preemptive federal lawsuit in anticipation of the backlash. 
Despite the United States Supreme Court denying Alabama’s same sex marriage ban request, effectively making same sex marriage legal in the states, state and local judges have been refusing to grant marriages to gay couples. 
Notwithstanding Medicaid expansion would provide health care coverage to 17,600 people in Wyoming, bring in more than $100 million a year in new federal funds and increase the workforce, the Senate defeated a bill that would’ve expanded the program, ending any hope of expansion for this year.  Some legislators argued that expanding Medicaid would contribute to federal debt; others expressed a lack of trust in the federal government continuing to provide funds.
Newly elected Governor Tom Wolf has scrapped his predecessor’s Medicaid expansion plan and is developing a new one to better meet the needs of PA residents.
Wyoming’s attempt to expand Medicaid failed in the Senate, effectively closing the issue out for the rest of the year.  The governor’s office devised a plan to expand Medicaid and needed state and federal approval before it could be implemented.  The measure failed in the Senate because of concerns that expansion would lead to increased federal debt and future complications in execution of the program.
Months of work resulted in a failed measure as Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was unable to get the votes needed to pass Tennessee’s Medicaid expansion bill.  The measure was for Haslam Medicaid expansion waiver program that would allow the state to create its own requirements in order to qualify for Medicaid coverage.
In a speech delivered to constituents, the formerly incarcerated, and prison officials, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy outlined his proposal to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders in the state’s prison system.  Proposals included streamlining parole work, eliminating mandatory minimums, and job training for former offenders.
Residents are pushing against occupational license requirements they argue are discriminatory and burdensome.  For plaintiffs in Arkansas suing the state for the right to own and operate hair braiding shops without a license, the right to engage in business, without strict requirements is protected constitutionally.
States are facing a multitude of issues this year.  Some of those issues include cybersecurity, which could not be more urgent in the face of recent hacks in the U.S.; workforce development, which is always a major issue each year, and infrastructure maintenance.  America’s roads, bridges, and tunnels have been crumbling for the last decade and states are looking to Congress for continued funding.