Thursday, January 18, 2018
The Nation
Obama signs jobs bill; highway program extended

Obama signs jobs bill; highway program extended

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has said he wants to focus laser-like on the public’s top concern: jobs. But the ongoing effort to remake the nation’s health care system keeps getting in the way.

Nebraska bill targets misclassifying of workers

Nebraska bill targets misclassifying of workers

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers want to clamp down on construction and trucking companies that they say are labeling workers as independent contractors instead of employees to avoid paying taxes and benefits like workers' compensation.

Missouri to open bids on transportation projects

Missouri to open bids on transportation projects

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri will move ahead on dozens of transportation projects that had been put on hold because of uncertain federal funding.

Iowa lawmakers working on compromise texting ban

Iowa lawmakers working on compromise texting ban

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa lawmakers worked Wednesday to hammer out differences in two bills restricting drivers from sending or reading text messages.

Gov. O'Malley says signs shouldn't distract drivers

Gov. O'Malley says signs shouldn't distract drivers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the state should stop displaying real-time travel information to drivers if it's distracting them.

Senate OKs jobs bill; highway fund gets boost

Senate OKs jobs bill; highway fund gets boost

WASHINGTON — Companies that hire unemployed workers will get a temporary payroll tax holiday under a bill that easily won final congressional approval Wednesday. It also extends highway and mass transit programs through the end of the year and pumps in $20 billion in time for the spring construction season. That money would make up for lower-than-expected gasoline tax revenues.

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