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Calif may let locals opt out of immigration checks

California lawmakers are the latest to weigh joining efforts in other states to gain control over a controversial national program that automatically checks the immigration status of arrestees. Full story

Quinn: Approve borrowing or lose local tax revenue

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is suggesting that about $1 billion in tax revenues be withheld from local governments if officials don't get behind a borrowing plan that would allow the state to pay its overdue bills. Full story

Immigrants' fingerprinting program under scrutiny

A California congresswoman asked on Thursday for an investigation of whether Homeland Security employees lied to the public, local governments and Congress about an immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities. Full story

Guns bills approved by Fla. Senate

The Florida Senate on Thursday, by a succession of mostly party-line votes, approved a trio of bills that supporters say will ensure citizens' constitutionally-protected gun rights. Full story

Tough year ahead for U.S. states, local governments: Moody's

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Rollback of growth limits passes in Fla. House

The Republican-controlled Florida House handed business interests and Gov. Rick Scott a victory Thursday by passing legislation that would lift most state controls over urban sprawl, leaving it up to local governments to deal with that issue. Full story

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A look a state efforts to limit local taxes

SC panel OKs property tax break for businesses

Local officials plead to Senate not to cut grants

Wisconsin unions rush to get deals in place

Jobs outlook in public sector grows dimmer

Florida jumps into fray over online hotel taxes


  Are red-light cameras worth the fuss?

Drivers across the country are fuming about the cameras installed at intersections to catch those who run red lights. And local governments who thought the cameras would help bring in new revenue are finding just the opposite. NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.