Latest State budgets News

North Dakota budget writers finish coronavirus spending plan

Oct. 28, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature’s budget writers agreed Thursday to spend nearly all of the $1.1 billion in federal coronavirus aid available to the state on initiatives ranging from infrastructure improvements and energy projects to workforce development and childcare...

Portugal’s political fate uncertain after govt budget defeat

Oct. 28, 2021 06:57 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president says the ballot box is the best way of breaking a political stalemate after the country's parliament threw out the minority Socialist government’s proposed state budget for next year. The head of state's plan to hold a...

North Dakota House, Senate disagree on coronavirus spending

Oct. 27, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — House and Senate budget writers in the North Dakota Legislature adjourned Wednesday night after failing to reconcile differences on how some of the federal coronavirus aid available to the state should be spent. Republican-led House and Senate...

Cooper still hopeful on budget deal with NC Republicans

Oct. 27, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Entering a second month of active negotiations with lawmakers, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that he was still hopeful they could hammer out a state government budget that he can sign into law. Cooper sent a budget counteroffer to...

Election likely in Portugal after govt defeat in budget vote

Oct. 27, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament on Wednesday rejected the minority Socialist government’s proposed state budget for 2022, a move expected to trigger an early election and put a brake on the country’s post-pandemic recovery plans. After weeks of...

Moore: North Carolina budget action could happen next week

Oct. 26, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislative action on a final North Carolina state government budget — a plan with or without formal support from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper — could happen as soon as next week, a top Republican lawmaker said Tuesday. House Speaker Tim Moore...

Judge likely to block law barring civilian police oversight

Oct. 26, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Tuesday told lawyers that he will likely rule that a new Arizona law that prevents a majority of civilians from serving on police oversight panels is unconstitutional. But Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah indicated that he was...

Portugal: Brewing political storm could bring snap election

Oct. 25, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A political storm is brewing in Portugal, where the minority Socialist government is finding it hard to win support for its state budget from other left-of-center parties. The Portuguese Communist Party announced Monday it won’t vote in favor...

Analysis: Louisiana budget boom continues for another year

Oct. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Rather than crush state finances, the coronavirus pandemic is sending a glut of money to Louisiana's treasury, with Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers facing another year of decisions about how to spend piles of cash available to them. The state...

Retirement debt eating up state funding to Louisiana schools

Oct. 23, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly $1 of every $4 in state aid sent annually to Louisiana's public schools disappears before it reaches classrooms, siphoned away to pay retirement obligations that cost $853 million a year, according to a new report from the legislative auditor. ...