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Alaska budget cuts may lead to more homeless in camps, cars

Jul. 22, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State budget cuts could mean an increase in the number of homeless people in Anchorage living outside. The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that vetoes of homeless services funding by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may force more people to live in camps and cars. Service...

Alaska's arts council cut equals loss of federal support

Jul. 22, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has become the only state without an arts council following a loss of funding through state budget cuts. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Friday that the closure of the Alaska State Council on the Arts last week means a $2.8 million loss of arts funding in the state. While only...

Alaska House fails to pass capital budget funding measure

Jul. 21, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House of Representatives has failed to attain sufficient votes to repair the state's capital budget. The Anchorage Daily News reports the Legislature needed to reach a three-quarters supermajority to fund Senate Bill 2002. On Saturday, the bill passed the House 27-6, but a...

University budget cuts may affect Alaska climate researchers

Jul. 21, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska's leadership in climate science could be threatened by budget cuts made through Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes, according to a researcher at UA Southeast. Eran Hood, a professor of environmental science, researches avalanches and glacial flooding events and...

Maryland helps people with student loans purchase homes

Jul. 21, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland initiative to help residents with education loans purchase their first home and wipe out college debt at the same time is taking off. Maryland SmartBuy has helped home buyers pay off a total of $7 million in student debt since its inception in 2016, according to the state...

Some Alaskans feeling pain of Medicaid dental cuts

Jul. 20, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Budget vetoes by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy eliminated Medicaid dental coverage for adults — a $27 million cut that is having an impact. KTUU reports that Michael Shelden had plans to get dentures after having all his teeth pulled following years of dental pain. The plan fell...

Massachusetts lawmakers inching closer to state budget deal

Jul. 20, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers appear to be inching closer to finalizing a state budget — three weeks into the new fiscal year. The Massachusetts House has scheduled a formal session for Monday, which could indicate House leaders are growing optimistic about having a compromise version of the...

Sununu embraces vetoes in first year of divided government

Jul. 20, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is on a veto spree — rejecting dozens of bills so far and promising to block even more. But what critics call childish, he calls a counterweight to Democratic extremists. As of this week, Sununu had vetoed 38 bills this year, including eight on...

Clarke and McRae both tout experience in treasurer race

Jul. 19, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Eugene "Buck" Clarke and David McRae say they want to be Mississippi's treasurer, even though the next person in that office will inherit a little-discussed mess — a college savings plan that could run out of money in a few years. Clarke and McRae are competing in the Aug. 6...

Lawsuit will not interrupt Alaska public school funding

Jul. 19, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A lawsuit involving state government will not interrupt funding of Alaska's public schools, officials said. Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr said schools are scheduled to receive their first monthly payments within the next week, The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday....