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Michigan governor's budget prioritizes tax cuts, schools

Feb. 08, 2023 15:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed a $79 billion budget that aims to substantially invest in schools and public health while cutting taxes for the state's retirees and low-income households. Unveiled in a joint session between the House and...

Tennessee House speaker mulls rejecting US education money

Feb. 08, 2023 14:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee's most influential Republican lawmakers says the state should stop accepting the nearly $1.8 billion of federal K-12 education dollars that help provide support for low-income students, English learners and students with disabilities. House...

Evers calls for smoother approval of stewardship projects

Feb. 08, 2023 12:20 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers wants to make it harder for Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature to stop conservationists and the state from buying land, proposing Wednesday to increase the thresholds for stopping stewardship projects. Evers said his executive budget...

Virginia lawmakers hustle ahead of legislative deadline

Feb. 07, 2023 21:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The politically divided Virginia General Assembly churned through hundreds of bills Tuesday as it approached a key deadline for the year's legislative session. Lawmakers debated topics ranging from accommodations for transgender students to abortion...

Evers unveils plan to fund local governments with sales tax

Feb. 07, 2023 16:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday proposed that counties and more than two dozen large cities in Wisconsin be allowed to ask voters to raise the sales tax to pay for local services such as police and fire protection and road repairs. He first unveiled a proposal to...

Wisconsin Republicans order audit of licensing backlog

Feb. 07, 2023 15:55 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers ordered an audit Tuesday of a Wisconsin agency that has taken weeks to issue professional licenses, causing lengthy delays for thousands of workers across the state. The Department of Safety and Professional Services oversees licensing for...

Roads, parks, tax breaks: A look at Tenn. Gov. Lee's budget

Feb. 06, 2023 21:14 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday unveiled a $55.6 billion state budget proposal stocked with cash for roads, state parks, tax cuts for businesses, state employee pay boosts and more. The plan put forth by Lee also fuels a number of areas to benefit health...

Nevada Legislature begins 4-month session eyeing $11B budget

Feb. 06, 2023 21:03 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Legislature opened Monday with a prayer, a rendition of the state anthem and swearings-in ahead of four months of negotiations, hearings and votes that will define the state’s budget and operations for the next two years. A joint session of the...

Laurence Msall, leader of Illinois tax watchdog group, dies

Feb. 06, 2023 06:46 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Laurence Msall, the longtime president of a nonpartisan Illinois tax and budget watchdog group and a former aide to two governors, died following complications from surgery. He was 61. Msall had been the Civic Federation's president since January 2002. He died...

Biden's top economic aide leaving White House

Feb. 02, 2023 10:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's top economic adviser, Brian Deese, is leaving his post. Biden said Thursday in a statement that Deese would step down as director of the White House National Economic Council. That position had him coordinating policy across the government...