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Bill would prevent local officials from setting stricter licensing, minimum-wage standards

Republican lawmakers are seeking co-sponsors for legislation that would prevent local governments from setting their rules and standards for various employment matters. The legislation, for instance, would prohibit local governments and the state from mandating employers enter into labor-peace agreements with unions. Under these ...

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House OKs GOP tax bill in Trump win; Senate fate less clear (UPDATE)

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to boxes of petitions he says were sent in in support of the Republican tax-reform bill that passed the House on Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Wisconsin's Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders. Passage of a similar package seemed certain Thursday in the House, where a handful of dissidents conceded they expected to be steamrolled by a GOP frantic to claim its first major legislative victory of the year.

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