June 14, 2011
In an era of one-party rule, Republicans pass a sweeping state agenda
By John Gramlich, Stateline Staff Writer
Republicans controlled all the levers of government in a staggering number of states this year — and it showed.
Holding a lock on the governorship and both houses of the legislature in 20 states, GOP conservatives advanced an agenda that may change the face of state government for decades. They honored pledges not to raise taxes by enacting huge spending cuts to balance budgets in Florida and Texas. They put tough abortion limits back on the agenda, passing laws in Alabama, Kansas and Oklahoma. Most famously, Republicans in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin put new restrictions on the rights of public employees, whose protests made national news for a month.