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Democrats hold on to Louisiana governor’s seat despite Trump

Nov. 17, 2019 12:48 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has stunned Republicans again, narrowly winning a second term Saturday as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor and handing Donald Trump another gubernatorial loss this year. In the heart of Trump country, the moderate Edwards cobbled...

GOP lawmakers plan to prepare state budget proposal earlier

Nov. 16, 2019 1:28 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature’s majority Republicans plan to have their own state budget proposal for the next fiscal year on the table before Gov. Doug Ducey presents his own version in mid-January. The Arizona Capitol Times reports that’d be a departure from recent years when...

Alaska Revenue commissioner resigning

Nov. 16, 2019 12:00 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman said Friday he’s resigning because he doesn’t want to be in a position of arguing a side of an issue he doesn’t support. Tangeman said when he joined Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration, there was a path for a...

Lawmakers hear list of complaints as they probe transit woes

Nov. 13, 2019 8:00 PM EST

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Balky apps, bus windows that don’t shut, rude staff and delayed and overcrowded trains were among a lengthy litany of complaints New Jersey lawmakers heard from advocates and commuters Wednesday night as they kicked off a probe of the state’s troubled transit system. The...

Colorado governor’s $34.5B budget emphasizes education

Nov. 13, 2019 6:53 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis proposed a $34.5 billion state budget Wednesday for the next fiscal year, once again emphasizing early and higher education investments and seeking to increase rainy-day reserves. Polis presented his request to the Joint Budget Committee, which will craft a balanced...

Eastern Washington University moves forward with budget cuts

Nov. 13, 2019 11:03 AM EST

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington University is continuing to pursue campus-wide budget cuts while raising money for a new football stadium and routing funds into student-athlete scholarships, frustrating some faculty members who believe the administration is investing too heavily in athletics....

Chicago mayor pleads case in Springfield on casino, budget

Nov. 12, 2019 7:04 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot crisscrossed the state Capitol Tuesday looking for help from lawmakers to make a casino feasible and shore up the city's budget, but she reported little progress. The Legislature approved a land-based casino for Chicago last spring in a major expansion...

Plastic bag tax generates much less cash than budgeted

Nov. 12, 2019 6:05 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new state report indicates Connecticut consumers are remembering to bring their own bags to the supermarket. Revenue estimates released Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's budget office and the legislative Office of Fiscal Analysis project the new 10-cent fee for disposable...

Michigan budget standoff unlikely to end until December

Nov. 12, 2019 5:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A budget standoff between the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is unlikely to be resolved until December at the earliest. The Michigan House won't convene for voting Wednesday. It began a three-week hunting and Thanksgiving break last week but had left...

Group criticizes delayed release of A-to-F grade for schools

Nov. 12, 2019 3:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A conservative education group on Tuesday criticized the Michigan Department of Education for not publishing A-to-F grades for public schools as required under a new state law, saying a six- to seven-month delay is unacceptable. The law that was enacted last December gave the agency a...