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In Trump vs. California, the state is winning nearly all its environmental cases

Los Angeles Times | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

More than two years into the Trump presidency, California has embraced its role as chief antagonist — already suing the administration more times than Texas took President Obama to court during eight years in office.It’s having an effect.California’s lawsuits have targeted the administration’s policies on immigration, healthcare and education.

Vaccination-boosting bill passes Oregon House

Oregon Live | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

The highly controversial bill to eliminate loopholes in the state’s vaccination law passed the Oregon House on Monday and is on its way to the Senate. Gov. Kate Brown has already said she plans to sign House Bill 3063.The 35-25 vote fell largely along party lines, with two Republicans -- including Bend Rep. Cheri Helt, who introduced the bill -- voting in favor of its passage. Four Democratic representatives voted against it.

Protection for pre-existing health conditions passes in Nevada

Las Vegas Review Journal | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in SARL Members and Alumni News

Nevada stands to become the fifth state to fully incorporate the federal Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients with pre-existing conditions into state law after unanimous passage of a bill in the state Senate.Assembly Bill 170, which also sets up a procedure to help health care consumers navigate and resolve problems with insurers, was rewritten to incorporate safeguards that were originally the basis of a different Senate bill that passed earlier.The Assembly version passed on April 23 by a vote of 40-1, with Assemblywoman Robin Titus, R-Wellington, voting no.

Ohio lawmakers seek to relax profit limits on FirstEnergy, other utilities | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in Energy, SARL Members and Alumni News

State rules to prevent significantly excessive profits by FirstEnergy and other Ohio utilities would be loosened by language slipped into Ohio’s massive two-year budget bill.

Proposed Changes Would Increase the Cost and Decrease the Benefit of Listing Species as Endangered

Choices | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in Rural News

Much of the debate concerning the ESA surrounds the role of economics, which plays an obvious role in determining the congressional budget allocations used to administer and implement the ESA. The ESA faces well-documented funding shortfalls (Miller et al., 2002; Stokstad, 2005), which may undermine the effectiveness of ESA recovery efforts (Ferraro, McIntosh, and Ospino, 2007) and have caused the number of species proposed for listing to outpace listing decisions, leading to backlogs (Stokstad, 2005).

Scientists warn a million species at risk of extinction

Reuters | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in Agriculture News

Loss of biodiversity stems from human activity, report says.* Wide transformation of economic systems needed-report says. Study is the work of 145 expert authors from 50 countries. Report echoes conclusions of U.N. climate change panel.

Economists flee Agriculture Dept. after feeling punished under Trump

Politico | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in Agriculture, Federal News

Economists in the Agriculture Department's research branch say the Trump administration is retaliating against them for publishing reports that shed negative light on White House policies, spurring an exodus that included six of them quitting the department on a single day in late April.

USDA Announces Repayment Options for Producers with Coverage in Previous Margin Protection Program for Dairy

USDA | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in Agriculture News

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that dairy producers who had coverage under the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which provided payments to producers when the price of milk fell below the feed costs to produce it, are eligible to receive a repayment for part of the premiums paid into the program.

Dean Foods Falters in More Concentrated Milk Market

The Wall Street Journal | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in Agriculture News

America’s biggest milk maker is running out of options as milk consumption continues to decline in the U.S. Dean Foods Co.’s sinking sales also have been hurt by big customers such as Walmart Inc.opening their own dairy plants to help guarantee their own supply. The dairy company’s sales last year of $7.8 billion were down 38% from a decade ago.Shares in Dean Foods have lost around 60% of their value this year, and the Dallas-based company’s $141 million market value is about 5% of what it was worth a decade ago.

USDA economists fear crackdown on research

Politico | Posted onMay 9, 2019 in Agriculture, Federal News

 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s plan to relocate the Economic Research Service outside the Beltway has triggered a brain drain of veteran economists, amid staff complaints the administration is cracking down on research that doesn’t align with White House priorities.