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Dems want to tax high earners to protect Medicare solvency

Jul. 07, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats want to boost taxes on some high earners and use the money to extend the solvency of Medicare, the latest step in the party's election-year attempt to craft a scaled-back version of the economic package that collapsed last year, Democratic aides told The...

Signs of trouble emerge in talks on late Pennsylvania budget

Jul. 07, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers hoped to start wrapping up the state budget Thursday, but Senate Republican leaders issued an ominous statement about a potential deadlock one week after the annual spending plan was due to be completed. Overnight negotiations produced...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 06, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

LNP/Lancaster Online. July 3, 2022. Editorial: State House Speaker Bryan Cutler shows some courage in Jan. 6 hearing. Other Pennsylvania elected officials should take note. As we celebrate this Fourth of July weekend, it’s important to acknowledge that American...

Arkansas ends fiscal year with $1.6B budget surplus

Jul. 05, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas ended its fiscal year with a record $1.6 billion budget surplus, state finance officials said Tuesday as Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that he would convene a special legislative session next month to take up tax relief proposals. The Arkansas...

Capitol quiet during 5th day without new Pennsylvania budget

Jul. 05, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Most Pennsylvania lawmakers were absent from the state Capitol on Tuesday, five days into the new budget year without a state government spending agreement in place. Leaders were hoping negotiations would wrap up over the coming days and the House announced...

Virginia law stops early inmate releases, angering families

Jul. 04, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Christopher Ford was a baby when his father was sentenced to 28 years in prison for participating in a murder-for-hire scheme that led to the killings of two people at a car dealership. After serving 25 years, prison officials told Robert Glenn Ford he would...

Virginia budget boosts dental Medicaid reimbursement rates

Jul. 03, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The newly enacted Virginia budget will boost the reimbursement rate to providers of Medicaid dental services by 30%, a move advocates say will help expand the number of providers. This year's increase marks the first time since 2005 that reimbursement rates...

$300M for plan to move tracks off crumbling Del Mar bluffs

Jul. 03, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — California will provide $300 million to help relocate train tracks along a stretch of eroding seaside cliffs near San Diego, regional transportation officials said. Local governments and the North County Transit District have spent millions buttressing...

Minneapolis police budget expands post-Floyd death

Jul. 03, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department’s budget has expanded despite calls to reduce funding for law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The Star Tribune reported Saturday that the department currently has a $196 million budget, up about $3 million...

NC budget, immigration bills finalized as session ends

Jul. 01, 2022 23:29 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up its chief work session for the year on Friday by finalizing proposed state budget adjustments for the new fiscal year, crossing off other must-do legislation but leaving some big policy matters unresolved or thwarted. ...