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Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 12, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. October 8, 2021. Editorial: Preckwinkle’s Cook County budget is balanced and smart. Other Illinois politicians should take notes. Illinois has a long history of leaders guilty of fiscal irresponsibility. Cook County Board President...

Census means less state money for 35 South Carolina counties

Oct. 10, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The 2020 U.S. Census numbers mean less state funding for 35 of South Carolina's 46 counties. The Local Government Fund provides money to counties based off their share of the state population. South Carolina grew 10.7% from 2010 to 2020, so only...

Missouri lawmaker demands explanation for stalled program

Oct. 08, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is demanding to know why a program that would pay parents of disabled children to care for them at home hasn't yet started. Sen. Brian Williams, a University City Democrat, wrote to Budget Director Dan Haug on Thursday,...

Judge: Kansas City's plan to divert police funds was illegal

Oct. 05, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge ruled Tuesday that Kansas City officials violated state law when they moved toward shifting 18% of the police department's budget into community services. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Campbell sided with a...

Minnesota communities get more time to claim federal aid

Oct. 04, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota on Monday gave local governments a little more time to claim federal COVID-19 relief money to which they're already entitled. Eligible cities and townships now have through Oct. 11 to apply for American Rescue Plan aid to help their...

New Hampshire cuts tax on rooms, meals to 8.5%

Oct. 03, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dining and staying overnight in New Hampshire just got a little bit less expensive. Starting Friday, the state's tax on rooms and meals was reduced from 9% to 8.5%. That means someone buying a $24 restaurant meal would pay 12 cents less. ...

Health agencies rescind mask orders despite governor's vow

Sep. 30, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two more local health department in Michigan rescinded their school masking requirement Thursday despite Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer saying she will not enforce Republican-written budget provisions that threaten funding for counties with COVID-19 orders. ...

Chicago mayor pitches $500 monthly payments to poor families

Sep. 20, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pitched a pilot program Monday giving $500 monthly payments to 5,000 low-income households, part of the city's proposed $16.7 billion spending plan that relies on an infusion of federal relief funds to close budget gaps for several years. ...

Report: School district misused $6M for driver’s ed programs

Sep. 18, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — In Miami-Dade County, which notoriously boasts some of the worst drivers in the nation, a program was created decades ago to help public schools train the next generation of safety-conscious young motorists. The concept: $3 of every Miami traffic ticket...

SC's 2nd largest school district to start enforcing masks

Sep. 17, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Starting Monday, every student in South Carolina's second largest school district will have to wear a mask inside schools or have to go to online learning. Charleston County schools passed a mask rule in August, but waited until this week to put...