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Vermont GOP Gov. Scott to lay out 2020 spending plan

Jan. 21, 2020 8:50 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott is scheduled to lay out his 2020 spending priorities during the governor's annual budget address on Tuesday. Scott is due to give the address during a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Scott is expected...

State provides $30M to acquire, develop open lands and parks

Jan. 21, 2020 8:50 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois grant funds will provide nearly $30 million for efforts across the state to acquire open spaces and develop and improve recreational facilities. Gov. J.B. Pritzker released the list of 85 projects late last week. They will receive $29.7 million from the Open Space Land...

Clerks prepare the state Senate chamber in New Mexico for the arrival of legislators in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she'll consider red-flag gun legislation, proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and new incentives for localized renewable energy installations. Spending increases are being sought for K-12 education, early childhood programs, tuition-free college and more amid a state budget surplus.(AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Governor seeks new investments in early childhood education

Jan. 21, 2020 12:40 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging legislators at the outset of the state's annual legislative session to rally around new financial commitments to public education that range from an expansion of preschool slots to free college tuition for local residents. Lujan Grisham...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Democrats pushed forward a progressive agenda as the booming oil industry made headlines in 2019 with record revenues for the state's coffers. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz,File)

Legislature considers tuition-free college, legalizing pot

Jan. 20, 2020 4:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts are underway to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales, fund tuition-free college and shore up pensions for state and local government workers as the New Mexico Legislature convenes. Here are some things to watch during the 30-day session that begins Tuesday at noon....

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, initiative activist Tim Eyman, who is also running as an independent for Washington governor, carries a clipboard as he walks next to his expired car registration tabs before attending a rally on the first day of the 2020 session of the Washington legislature, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the lavish personal spending of bankrupt anti-tax activist and candidate for governor Eyman. Ferguson says Eyman's assets must be preserved so he can pay his debts to the state. The Seattle Times reports that Eyman's bankruptcy filings show he's been spending nearly $24,000 a month over the past year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

State challenges extensive spending by bankrupt Tim Eyman

Jan. 19, 2020 3:49 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the lavish personal spending of bankrupt anti-tax activist and candidate for governor Tim Eyman, saying Eyman's assets must be preserved so he can pay his debts to the state. Eyman's been spending an average of nearly $24,000 a month...

Vermont Senate approves paid family leave bill

Jan. 19, 2020 3:38 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate approved a paid family leave bill by enough votes to override a potential veto by Gov. Phil Scott. The legislation was approved by a vote of 20-9 in the Senate on Friday and is now headed to the House. The bill provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth of...

In this Jan. 15, 2020, photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the dawn of what may be her toughest reelection fight, veteran Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain _ the pressure-packed middle of an issue, this time the impeachment of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs

Jan. 18, 2020 1:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment. With Senate trial proceedings starting Tuesday, the moderate Maine Republican says she'll...

Aviation maintenance company opening at Louisiana airport

Jan. 18, 2020 12:24 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — An aviation maintenance and repair facility will open at a northwest Louisiana airport to serve commercial airline customers. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Advanced Aero Services's plans for a new facility at the Shreveport Regional Airport. The startup company, called AAS, plans...

Report: Tax collections in Hawaii increased by about 5%

Jan. 18, 2020 12:03 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Tax collections in Hawaii were up by about 5% last year, a report said. The state Department of Taxation sent the annual report in December to Democratic Gov. David Ige and the state Legislature, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. The report showed that $8.2 billion was collected in fiscal year...

FILE- In an Aug. 6, 2018 file photo, then-Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer fills a pothole during a campaign event in Southfield, Mich. Gov. Whitmer is expected make roads a focus in her Jan. 29, 2020, State of the State speech after Republicans lawmakers last year rejected a proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike phased in over a year. Whitmer has signaled that it may take pursuing a number of revenue-raising options given the

Whitmer prepares road 'triage' plan that may trim $2.5B ask

Jan. 18, 2020 11:36 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan's roads and bridges: Republican legislative leaders say addressing the funding is a priority for them, too. But beyond that, uncertainty abounds over whether the...