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Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Murphy signs $50.6 billion budget with property tax relief

Jun. 30, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

CRANFORD, N.J. (AP) — Touting Democrats' stewardship of the state and warning of a potential downturn in the economy in the coming years, New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a record $50.6 billion budget that pours $2 billion into property tax relief, sets a record surplus and lifts...

California lawmakers OK budget; most taxpayers to get refund

Jun. 30, 2022 01:25 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday approved a nearly $308 billion spending plan that includes money to cover abortions for women who can't afford them and the health care costs for low-income adults living in the country illegally while sending cash payments to most...

The worst hidden travel fees and how to avoid them

Jun. 29, 2022 08:46 AM EDT

With travel prices soaring, customers might be tempted to pick the cheapest base option they find. But the base price of airfare and hotels represents only a fraction of the total costs. A parade of add-on fees await any traveler trying to navigate the checkout process, ballooning the final price....

California budget won't cover out-of-state abortion travel

Jun. 28, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — While Gov. Gavin Newsom has pledged to make California a sanctuary for women seeking abortions, his administration won't spend public money to help people from other states travel to California for the procedure. Newsom's decision, included in a budget...

Report: Lack of water access costs U.S. $8.6B each year

Jun. 28, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At least 2 million Americans don’t have running water or a working toilet at home, a crisis that costs the U.S. economy $8.58 billion each year, according to a report released Tuesday by nonprofit DigDeep. These water access issues disproportionately...

New Mexico to pay feds more than $19M over SNAP mishandling

Jun. 28, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will pay the federal government more than $19 million to settle a claim by the Department of Agriculture that the state mishandled the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and overpaid some needy families in 2014 and 2016, a newspaper reported Tuesday. ...

After Roe: Dems challenge GOP to show they care for mothers

Jun. 28, 2022 09:28 AM EDT

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade's constitutional protections for abortion rights set off a contest between Democrats and Republicans going into the midterm elections over whose policies would do more to help vulnerable mothers and children. Sen. Rick Scott,...

California budget includes cash payments for most taxpayers

Jun. 27, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Most California households would get up to $1,050 from the government to help them put the nation's most expensive gasoline in their cars, part of a relief package in the state's record-setting operating budget that lawmakers are scheduled to approve later this week. ...

Families brace for changes to pandemic-era free school meals

Jun. 27, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Before the pandemic, there was no room in the budget for Kate Murphy’s children to buy lunch at school. She and her husband would buy in bulk and make bag lunches at home. So the free school meals that were made available to students nationwide amid the crisis have brought...