Latest Appropriations News

Towns face losing funds if tribal team mascots don't change

Jun. 15, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

Connecticut schools that still use Native American nicknames and mascots could take a financial hit if they continue to use those images without written consent from a state- or federally-recognized tribe in their region, under a provision tucked into a massive budget implementation bill that...

Prison guards seeking hazard pay for work during pandemic

Jun. 14, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

Correction Officer Ginny Ligi says she was working 80-hour weeks in April 2020, often without the needed personal protective equipment, when she began feeling sick. A test soon confirmed her worst fear — the intense vertigo, nausea and headaches were symptoms of...

Indiana rushes to spend virus relief aid on new jobs program

Jun. 14, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators scrambled in the final days of their session to make decisions on spending the state’s $3 billion share of the $350 billion in federal coronavirus relief money approved this year for state and local governments. Like many...

‘Space race’ level attack on future public health crises

Jun. 12, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maureen Lichtveld’s nearly 40 years in environmental public health — from her home country of Suriname, to the U.S. government, to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast and, finally, to Pittsburgh this year — has focused on a central principle: how to prepare...

North Dakota lawmakers await guidance on coronavirus funds

Jun. 11, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican legislative leaders are in no hurry to spend an additional $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid, despite grumbling from some lawmakers that the funds should be distributed sooner rather than later. Senate Majority...

Governor tours Arizona fires, calls for special session

Jun. 10, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday called a special session of the state Legislature to boost wildfire funding as two large wildfires continue to burn in south-central Arizona. The Republican governor wants the Legislature to approve extra money to...

Vermont governor signs $7.3B state budget, broadband growth

Jun. 09, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed a $7.3 billion state budget that he he says will put the state on a path to a more prosperous and equitable future. Scott’s office announced late Tuesday that he had signed the budget and a separate bill that...

Far-right Idaho Republicans battle to control party, state

Jun. 08, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The dream world for Idaho’s ascendant far right is one where state lawmakers run a sovereign nation-state free of federal oversight. It would be a place where they can outlaw all abortions, dictate what is taught in schools, have complete say over public health rules...

USDA sending $1B in funding to country's food bank networks

Jun. 04, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Agriculture is sending $1 billion to the country's food bank networks, seeking to expand the reach of the system and revamp the way food banks acquire and distribute aid. The funding, announced Friday, comes half from the American...

GOP blocks $15 million for job loss benefit administration

Jun. 02, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature's budget-writing committee scrapped Gov. Tony Evers' plan Wednesday to hand the Department of Workforce Development $15 million to improve how it administers unemployment benefits. The agency has been plagued...