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State elections bring new faces to governors mansions

After a full week of counting ballots, the picture at the state level has become clear. A handful of Governor’s races resulted in Democratic gains, with Arizona, Maryland, and Massachusetts all electing Democrats. Incumbent Governors were reelected in 27 out of 28 races, with only Democrat Steve Sisolak in Nevada losing to his Republican challenger. Finally, state legislatures saw a few changes, with Michigan flipping from Republican control to Democratic control in the state House and Senate, and control of the Pennsylvania House too close to call for now. If Democrats edge ahead of Republicans in Pennsylvania, it would result in a split legislature, with the state Senate controlled by Republicans. Republicans are on track to retain control of 28 state legislatures, assuming Republicans keep their one-seat edge in each house of the Arizona Legislature.

Governor’s reelected or party retained control of Governorship

Michigan - In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) was reelected to a second term and the state Senate and House flipping to Democratic control, providing a trifecta in state government in Michigan. Governor Whitmer led an effort to invest in afterschool in the most recent state budget, allocating $25 million in State and Local Fiscal Relief Funds (SLFRF) from the federal relief packages towards afterschool.

New York – Governor Kathy Hochul (D), who was elevated to Governor in 2021 after the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, was elected to a full four-year term. The state legislature remains under democratic control, maintaining their trifecta in state government. Governor Hochul proposed $100 million for the Recover from COVID School Program (RECOVS) which passed in her first state budget in 2022 and included afterschool summer learning as allowable uses of the funds.

Vermont – Republican Governor Phil Scott was reelected to a fifth two-year term as governor. Governor Scott has become a staunch supporter of afterschool, announcing an effort in 2020 to make universal afterschool a reality for Vermont families. The Governor has used various federal relief funds over the previous two years to support expanded access to afterschool, but with those funds being spent down, state investments will be needed to provide universal access to afterschool moving forward.

Minnesota –Governor Tim Walz (D) won reelection to a second term in Minnesota. In the 2022 state budget, Governor Walz proposed a $15 million investment in afterschool, which was increased to $25 million by the Democratic house, but ultimately rejected in negotiations with the Republican controlled state Senate. However, the state Senate flipped to Democratic control after the election, possibly providing more favorable conditions to support afterschool in the state budget. 

Wisconsin – Democrat Tony Evers was reelected while the state legislature stays under Republican control. Governor Evers formerly served as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction before successfully running for Governor in 2018.

Alabama – Republican Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama was reelected to a second term. In the most recent state budget, Governor Ivey proposed a $1.5 million investment in an afterschool pilot program that was included in the final budget.

New Mexico – Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham was reelected to a second term as Governor. She was first elected in 2018 after serving three terms in the Unites State House of Representatives. Governor Lujan Grisham has championed community schools and extended learning time during her first term in office as Governor.

New Governor’s Elected

Four states saw new Governors of the opposite party win election this November. With Republican Governor’s in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Arizona all term limited, Maryland’s Wes Moore, Massachusetts’ Maura Healey, and Arizona’s Katie Hobbs all defeated their Republican challengers. In Nevada, incumbent Governor Steve Sisolak was defeated by his Republican challenger Joe Lombardo.

In Pennsylvania, current Democrat Attorney General Josh Shapiro won his election to succeed Governor Tom Wolf (D). Governor Wolf was notable for championing the PAsmart initiative, which provided funding to support STEM education programs, including afterschool. Democrats may also take control of the state house of representatives, leading to a split legislature with the state Senate under Republican control. And in Oregon, Tina Kotek (D) won a close election to succeed Democratic Governor Kate Brown as the Governor of Oregon.

Ballot Measures

Marijuana was on the ballot in five states this November, with voters in Maryland and Missouri approving measures to legalize recreational marijuana and expunging most records of prior arrests or convictions. In a number of states, tax revenue from legalized cannabis has been used to support afterschool and summer programs. While that provision was not included in the measures that were approved in Maryland and Missouri, it is a possibility moving forward.  Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota voters all rejected ballot measures that would have legalized recreational marijuana in their states.  

In Los Angeles, a local measure to collect up to $227 million annually to fund city parks and recreation programs failed to receive enough votes. The measure would have instituted a parcel tax on land and could have supported park and recreation out-of-school time youth programming.  

Additional information on state level election results can be found in this post from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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BY: Erik Peterson      03/01/23

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