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New Treasury office to oversee billions in virus relief help

Apr. 14, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has created a new office to supervise the disbursement of the billions of dollars in relief money authorized by Congress to combat the coronavirus-related recession. Officials said Wednesday that the goal is to streamline the process and ensure that...

Wisconsin high court: Governor can't limit business capacity

Apr. 14, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Tony Evers' administration does not have the authority to issue capacity limits on bars, restaurants and other businesses without the Legislature's approval, a ruling that comes two weeks after the...

State Senate to pass GOP COVID package despite veto threat

Apr. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the state Senate were poised Wednesday to give final approval to set of bills that would wrest control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and hand it to the GOP. The state is in...

Maine company to open COVID-19 swab factory in Tennessee

Apr. 14, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced that one of North America's largest manufacturer of COVID-19 testing swabs will establish a new manufacturing and distribution operations in Tennessee. Puritan Medical Products, a medical supplies manufacturer...

Assembly OKs Republican COVID spending plan; Evers vows veto

Apr. 13, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans took another step Tuesday toward ripping control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, passing a package of bills that would divvy out the money according to GOP priorities. The state...

House GOP spending plan includes 2% personal income tax cut

Apr. 13, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans would receive a 2% personal income tax cut and the state would fund schools in a more equitable fashion under the latest version of the state budget introduced Tuesday by House Republicans. The 2% cut would amount to $380 million in reduced...

IRS chief expects new child payments to start this summer

Apr. 13, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a strain, but the head of the IRS said Tuesday he expects to meet the July 1 deadline in the new pandemic relief law for starting a groundbreaking tax program aimed at reducing child poverty. That means new advance monthly payments of as much as $300 per child could...

Spain's PM wants EU recovery funds to create greener nation

Apr. 13, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's left-wing government wants the massive coronavirus windfall it will be receiving from the European Union to transform the nation after the economic devastation caused by the pandemic. Spain is set to receive 140 billion euros ($166...

Voters to weigh in on government pandemic power struggle

Apr. 13, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A pandemic power struggle that has raged for a year between Pennsylvania's Democratic governor and its Republican-led Legislature will land on voters' laps next month in the form of two proposed constitutional amendments that could limit the length of disaster...

Law enforcement wants to keep intelligence unit

Apr. 13, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement leaders are pushing back against a proposal to eliminate a center created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to collect, analyze and share intelligence between the state and federal government. The Maine Information and Analysis...