State & Local Roundup: A Historic Week for a New Governor

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It’s Friday, Jan. 20, and we’d like to welcome you to our new weekly State and Local Roundup. 

As big consumers of news, we come across hundreds of stories each week. These are about common challenges across states and localities, efforts underway to solve them, trends we are seeing, interesting reads, and notable events. We’re going to start rounding them up and sharing them in this newsletter each Friday. Here goes!

Pennsylvania Removes Degree Requirements

Democrat Josh Shapiro was sworn in on Tuesday as Pennsylvania’s 48th governor and by Wednesday he was signing his first executive order, removing college degree requirements for thousands of state jobs.

His directive nixes the need for four-year college degrees for roughly

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