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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures as he speaks during a news conference along side Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Miami-Dade Public Library in Miami. DeSantis appointed two South Floridians to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday: a Palm Beach County circuit judge who immigrated from Jamaica and, a former assistant U.S. attorney who is the son of Cuban immigrants. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida revenues fall by nearly $900 million amid pandemic

May. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida might have lost nearly $900 million in tax revenues in April — far more than state officials anticipated — as the coronavirus pandemic siphoned away tourist dollars and other revenues from the state's coffers, according to estimates released...

Pennsylvania preps short-term budget amid virus uncertainty

May. 26, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government began advancing a temporary, no-new-taxes budget plan Tuesday that maintains current spending levels while budget makers watch to see how badly coronavirus-related shutdowns damage tax collections and whether the federal government sends another aid...

Mississippi State Economist Darrin Webb addresses the developing status of the state's economy during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the state's economic outlook and anticipated revenue collections as affected by COVID-19, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Expert: Slow economic recovery for Mississippi amid virus

May. 26, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi can expect a long, slow economic recovery from the shock of job losses and the steep decline in commercial activity tied to the coronavirus pandemic, state economist Darrin Webb told legislators Tuesday. At the beginning of this year, the U.S. economy, and to a lesser...

$30B-plus Louisiana operating budget receives House support

May. 26, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House on Tuesday backed a $30 billion-plus spending plan for next year that uses federal coronavirus aid to keep programs and services on an even keel despite the pandemic. The package of budget bills — approved in a quick afternoon of House votes rather than...

New homeless housing complex to be built in Colorado Springs

May. 26, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A new 50-unit complex is being planned to house homeless people and provide counseling services and substance treatment as more people are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “I continue to think that housing is truly the answer to ending homelessness, so this is...

Report: Up to $1.5 billion Wyoming revenue hit amid COVID-19

May. 26, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Collapsing energy prices and the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to cost Wyoming up to $1.5 billion in revenue over the next two years, preliminary estimates released Tuesday show. The nonpartisan state Consensus Revenue Estimating Group predicts sales tax revenue will fall up to 30% in...

Sen. Ellis Black, R - Valdosta, presents SB 117, relating to Public Retirement Systems Standards Law, which passed in Atlanta on Feb. 3, 2020. The Senate was in session this morning as the Georgia 2020 General Assembly continued for it's tenth legislative day. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Senators float idea of making state employees work for less

May. 26, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With the prospect that reduced money is likely to mean reduced services, a couple of Georgia state senators are wondering whether state employees could be made to do the same work for less money. Typically, agencies furlough workers when they cut salaries. Being sent home without pay doesn't...

County investigates tax collector for wrongly waiving fees

May. 25, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia tax collector has been waiving penalties and interest for some residents and not others, even though county commissioners had told him to stop. The Valdosta Daily Times reports Lowndes County Tax Commissioner Rodney Cain waived almost $3 million in penalties and...

Nearly 2,100 still need to send back refund sent in error

May. 24, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 2,100 Louisiana taxpayers have yet to return refund money they were sent as the result of a mistake. WAFB -TV reports that nearly $595,000 is involved. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says computer problems led to 66,780 individual income tax refunds totaling $26.9...

Illinois lawmakers pass $40B budget, Chicago casino measure

May. 24, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved an approximately $40 billion state budget early Sunday that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The budget, which largely relies on...