Latest Appropriations News

Michigan revenues are $5.8B higher than previously forecast

Jan. 14, 2022 17:46 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two main funds will take in billions more that previously forecast, economists said Friday, again delivering good news to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers before a budget cycle. The combined additional tax revenues over the last, current and next...

Bill advances to recover state investment in mill project

Jan. 12, 2022 17:11 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers signaled Wednesday that their patience is wearing thin with an aluminum company's long-stalled promise to build a massive plant backed by a state investment. A bill that would set in motion efforts to recover the state's $15 million...

Agenda in Pierre: Marijuana, federal windfall, social issues

Jan. 10, 2022 07:43 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's rapid-fire legislative session kicks off Tuesday with lawmakers prepared to debate legalizing marijuana, how to spend nearly $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief and what to do with a spate of bills touching on some of the nation's most incendiary...

Yarmuth: Kentucky gets big boost in home heating assistance

Jan. 10, 2022 04:06 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will receive more than double its annual investment to help families afford energy costs as a result of a federal pandemic assistance package, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said. More than $113 million in funding was secured for Kentucky through the Low...

West Virginia governor calls lawmakers into special session

Jan. 09, 2022 11:23 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has called lawmakers into a special session to consider economic development ventures. Lawmakers already were scheduled to meet in an interim session Monday when Justice made the special session call for that day. The regular...

Georgia gov proposes $5,000 raise for state agency employees

Jan. 07, 2022 15:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday announced a proposal to give a $5,000 annual pay raise to state agency employees as lawmakers survey what's likely to be a prosperous state revenue picture. Kemp would add the largesse for state employees to the remaining $2,000 of a...

Biden urges concern but not alarm in US as omicron rises

Jan. 05, 2022 00:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden urged concern but not alarm as the United States set records for daily reported COVID-19 cases and his administration struggled to ease concerns about testing shortages, school closures and other disruptions caused by the omicron variant. In...

Michigan US Rep. Brenda Lawrence won't seek 2022 reelection

Jan. 04, 2022 22:19 PM EST

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence plans to retire from Congress at the end of her term, becoming the 25th House Democrat to decide against seeking reelection in 2022, she announced Tuesday. “This year marks my 30th year in elected public service, and I’ve had the good fortune of serving...

Biden urges concern but not alarm in US as omicron rises

Jan. 04, 2022 18:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden urged concern but not alarm Tuesday as the United States set records for daily reported COVID-19 cases and his administration struggled to ease concerns about testing shortages, school closures and other disruptions caused by the omicron variant. ...

Wolf heads into last budget season with flush state coffers

Jan. 04, 2022 10:44 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is sitting on a fat budget reserve, a healthy and growing surplus, and billions in unspent federal coronavirus relief cash. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, about to deliver his eighth and final state budget proposal to lawmakers, says Pennsylvania's...