Latest Government budgets News

Impeachment aside, federal budget remains a pressing matter

Nov. 12, 2019 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump come at the very time that Capitol Hill usually tends to its mound of unfinished business. The hearings and the possibility of impeachment and a trial create yet another layer of complications for senior lawmakers pressing for an agreement...

South Carolina cashes in with $2 billion extra in budget

Nov. 11, 2019 1:13 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers will again have a significant amount of extra money to spend in next year's budget. Economists are estimating a nearly $2 billion increase in the general fund, which lawmakers control, for the budget year that starts in July 2020. South Carolina's growing...

Credit agency concerned about North Carolina budget impasse

Nov. 11, 2019 1:01 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's lengthy budget impasse is getting attention from a leading credit-rating agency, whose top score for the state allows it to borrow very cheaply. Moody's Investors Service writes the lack of a final two-year budget agreement between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the...

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

Nov. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most states...

Georgia university warns of layoffs after budget shortfall

Nov. 11, 2019 11:47 AM EST

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia university is warning some professors that they may be laid off because of a budget shortfall. The University of West Georgia says it sent non-renewal notices to an unspecified number of faculty members, telling them they may not have jobs next year. The Times-Georgian of...

Romania presidential vote seen heading to Nov. 24 runoff

Nov. 10, 2019 5:39 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Exit polls from Sunday's balloting showed a runoff will be needed Nov. 24 to decide Romania's presidential contest. Official results are not expected before Monday, though two exit polls found center-right President Klaus Iohannis collecting nearly 40% of the votes, followed by...

The Latest: Exit polls see runoff in Romania president vote

Nov. 10, 2019 5:09 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Latest on Romania's presidential election (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Two exit polls show President Klaus Iohannis picking up nearly 40% of the votes in the first round of Romania's presidential election, followed by Viorica Dancila, the recently ousted prime minister, with...

Alaska university regents pass $277M state funding request

Nov. 9, 2019 2:02 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska university board regents approved a $277 million operating budget request following a plan previously negotiated by university leaders and Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday to cut the university system's budget...

How ZIP codes determine the quality of a child's education

Nov. 9, 2019 3:06 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Students at Allentown's Harrison-Morton Middle School look forward to hearing the squeaky wheels of the technology cart approaching their classroom, though the iPads they hold may not be the latest models and time with them is limited. A luxury in Allentown schools, such technology...

Lawmakers consider shifting resources from audits to budgets

Nov. 8, 2019 6:10 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of lawmakers is looking at making changes to Idaho's only independent performance evaluations agency, possibly by having staffers focus more on legislative budgets and less on whether state programs are working properly. The Office of Performance Evaluations does deep-dive...