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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivers the budget address to a joint session of the state legislature at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Beshear backs spending increases for education, health care

Jan. 28, 2020 8:54 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear proposed spending increases for public education from kindergarten through college and for health care in a state budget plan that avoids cuts and counts on limited new revenues from taxes on cigarettes and sports betting. In a speech Tuesday evening...

Kentucky governor presents budget plan to legislature

Jan. 28, 2020 7:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Proposals included in Gov. Andy Beshear's two-year budget plan submitted to the legislature Tuesday evening: EDUCATION: —$2,000 salary increase for all of Kentucky's public school teachers. —1% increase in the state’s school funding formula, known as SEEK....

Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats

Jan. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his push for his top priorities that have stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature, and the Democrat will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to try to improve his chances. Wolf's campaign...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 1995, file photo, a wolf leaps across a road into the wilds of Central Idaho. State wildlife officials are requesting authorization to spend $408,000 to count wolves that will become part of an annual expense going forward. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature's budget-setting committee Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that knowing whether wolf numbers are increasing or decreasing is needed to make management decisions. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, File)

Idaho agency wants to spend $408,000 a year to count wolves

Jan. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's top wildlife official on Tuesday requested authorization from state lawmakers to spend $408,000 to count wolves. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature's budget-setting committee that the expense would become part of the agency's annual...

Burgum to talk progress, challenges in State of State speech

Jan. 28, 2020 10:17 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is expected to highlight progress in the past year and remaining challenges in his State of the State address. Burgum will give his speech Wednesday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks. The event is free...

Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, right, and Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, left, escort Gov. Mike Dunleavy to the House chambers to deliver his State of the State speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Penn)

Dunleavy, facing recall threat, seeks action on fiscal plan

Jan. 28, 2020 1:16 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, facing a recall threat fueled during his stormy first year in office, said the state is running out of time to fix its long-running budget deficit. In a speech to lawmakers Monday, he called for creation of a statewide lottery and doubled-down on...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 27, 2020 8:34 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Sen. Portman must vote for more impeachment witnesses Akron Beacon Journal Jan. 27 This is a big week for Rob Portman, Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator. With the impeachment trial of President Trump continuing in the Senate, at least...

A woman reacts as anti-government protesters clash with police in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Lebanese security forces scuffled Monday with protesters near the parliament building in downtown Beirut where lawmakers are scheduled to begin a two-day discussion and later approval of the budget amid a crippling financial crisis. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Clashes in crisis-hit Lebanon as lawmakers pass budget

Jan. 27, 2020 11:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers on Monday passed a controversial state budget for 2020 that aims to tackle the country's crippling financial crisis, as angry protesters threw stones at security forces massed outside the Parliament. Security forces were heavily deployed during the legislative meeting and...

Idaho Health and Welfare seeks $3.7 billion overall budget

Jan. 27, 2020 11:06 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Monday asked for an additional $70 million from the general fund and $300 million overall that includes federal money for an 8.7% increase in next year's budget. Director Dave Jeppesen told the Legislature's budget-setting committee that the...

Wyoming's governor reiterates support for lodging tax

Jan. 26, 2020 4:23 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor is reiterating his support for s a statewide lodging tax to boost state revenue. A lodging tax is the only new tax he would support, Gov. Mark Gordon said Friday. It would make Wyoming's tourism promotion efforts more self-sufficient, Gordon told reporters at the...