Latest Government budgets News

Collins: More than $260M for Maine in appropriations bill

Oct. 24, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said spending bills currently being considered in Congress contain more than $260 million for 106 Maine projects. The Maine Republican said the funding is included in the fiscal 2022 bills approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, which she...

State seeks input on clean water spending priorities

Oct. 24, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont residents are being asked for their input on how to spend about $46.9 million to clean up water pollution in the state. The Vermont Clean Water Board is seeking feedback in an online questionnaire on the funding levels and the board’s...

Analysis: Louisiana budget boom continues for another year

Oct. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Rather than crush state finances, the coronavirus pandemic is sending a glut of money to Louisiana's treasury, with Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers facing another year of decisions about how to spend piles of cash available to them. The state...

Biden, key senators huddle as Dems drive toward budget deal

Oct. 24, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadline driven, President Joe Biden brought two pivotal senators to his Delaware home Sunday for talks aimed at resolving the disputes that have stymied the Democrats' wide-ranging social safety net and environmental measure at the core of his domestic agenda. ...

Retirement debt eating up state funding to Louisiana schools

Oct. 23, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly $1 of every $4 in state aid sent annually to Louisiana's public schools disappears before it reaches classrooms, siphoned away to pay retirement obligations that cost $853 million a year, according to a new report from the legislative auditor. ...

Longtime financial advisers to Louisiana lawmakers retiring

Oct. 23, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Legislature is losing decades of institutional knowledge with two of its long-time financial advisers headed to retirement. Legislative Fiscal Officer Chris Keaton, whose office analyzes the costs of bills and performs other...

Deal on Biden's $2T plan edges closer; Harris is 'confident'

Oct. 23, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation, though the informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for it. ...

What's in, and what's out, as Democrats reshape Biden bill

Oct. 23, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of talks, Democrats are edging closer to an agreement on what programs and policies to include in President Joe Biden's massive plan to expand health and safety net programs and combat global warming. The plan seems likely to include...

Deal seems near on $2T Biden package, though deadline slips

Oct. 22, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation Friday, though the day's informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for it. ...

New Indiana archives building proposed at former prison site

Oct. 22, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials have proposed building a $35 million state archives facility on Indianapolis' near-east side, after a yearslong search for a new site to house the state's vast collection of historical records. The 50,000-square-foot (4,645-square...