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Health tax splits California amid need for Trump's approval

May. 24, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are headed toward a confrontation with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to keep a tax that can generate nearly $2 billion for low-income health benefits but means approval from the Trump administration amid a feud between state and federal officials. Senate and...

Some Ohio legislators yell 'cut' to Hollywood tax deals

May. 22, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Lights, camera, cut? Some of Hollywood's biggest hit movies and equally big bombs have something in common: They were shot in Ohio, taking advantage of a 10-year-old tax credit incentive program. Now some Ohio legislators want to dim the lights on a program aimed at luring filmmaking to...

Kansas' Democratic governor vetoes 2nd GOP tax relief plan

May. 17, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a tax relief plan from the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature for the second time in two months, arguing that even the new, smaller measure would "decimate" the state's finances. The second tax bill, like the first, was designed to...

Criticized Maryland chancellor won't seek contract extension

May. 16, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The chancellor of Maryland's university system said Thursday he will step down next year, after state lawmakers cut funding from the system's budget by an amount equal to his annual salary to express displeasure in the system's handling of a University of Maryland football player's...

Senate OKs budget that splits with Whitmer on roads, schools

May. 15, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a $58.2 billion spending plan that splits from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal on big-ticket priorities such as roads and school funding. The voting set the stage for further discussions as GOP leaders and the Democratic...

New budget proposal tackles homelessness in California

May. 9, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Calling it "a stain on the state of California," Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday vowed to use part of a historic budget surplus to tackle homelessness in the nation's most prosperous state. "This homeless issue is out of control," Newsom told reporters on as he unveiled his revised...

Weaker-than-expected marijuana sales ding California budget

May. 9, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is paying a price for the shaky rollout of its legal marijuana market. State budget documents released Thursday show the Newsom administration is sharply scaling back what it expects to collect in cannabis tax revenue through June 2020 — in all, a $223 million cut from...

Lawmakers consider ending recognition of online university

May. 9, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just a year after the online Western Governors University launched its Ohio affiliate , state lawmakers are considering eliminating recognition that lets its students benefit from certain state-funded aid, including need-based grants. That's part of the budget bill passed Thursday by...

The Latest: Budget ups fire spending; no money for retrofits

May. 9, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants to see Californians "harden" their homes to protect them from deadly wildfires. But he's declining to endorse a proposed $1 billion fund to help homeowners pay...

Wisconsin Republicans vote to kill Medicaid expansion

May. 9, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans voted Thursday to scrap expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage and a host of other priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers as they begin dismantling his two-year budget plan. Evers and Democrats remain defiant, saying the...