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State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, urges lawmakers to approve her measure to expand job protections to more people who take time off to care for a family member during the Senate session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 2, 2020. By a 21-12 the Senate approved the measure that will allow workers at companies with at least five employees up to three months off from work to care for a family member without fear of losing their jobs. The bill now goes to the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Senate OKs expanded protections for family leave

Jul. 2, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Workers in companies with at least five employees could take up to three months off from work to care for a family member without fear of losing their job under a bill that narrowly passed the state Senate on Thursday. California became the first state in the country in 2004 to...

FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, presents an appropriation bill for debate in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi government is on track to spend less during the new budget year than it did in the one that just ended, as questions remain about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopson told reporters Wednesday, July 1, 2020 “I’m not aware of any agency that would actually be forced to lay off employees because of cuts

Mississippi tightens its belt for new state budget year

Jul. 2, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi government is on track to spend less during the new budget year than it did during the one that just ended, as questions remain about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Cuts to most state agencies will be about 3% to 5%. “I’m not aware of any...

Street musician Cal Austermuhl performs on a street in downtown Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the same day Alaska residents began receiving their share of the state's oil wealth. Austermuhl says his $992 share was already spent on bills. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska oil checks smaller, but they help pay virus bills

Jul. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Downtown Anchorage street musician Cal Austermuhl had good reason to be singing the blues Wednesday, the same day the state of Alaska began distributing $992 checks that will be paid to nearly every resident. “Mine’s already spent,” he said of his share of the...

Nevada sets tentative date for special session July 8

Jul. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A special session of the state Legislature has been tentatively scheduled for July 8, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday. State lawmakers will return to address budget issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent business closures. The state funds a large...

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances approved on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, a new budget that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

Puerto Rico board approves $10B budget as resignations loom

Jul. 1, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico awoke to a new budget approved early Wednesday that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. A federal control board that oversees Puerto...

Court invalidates governor's transportation budget vetoes

Jul. 1, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee overstepped his authority with a series of one-sentence vetoes in last year’s transportation budget. The Herald of Everett reported Tuesday that the decision — a win for the Democratic-led Legislature that filed suit...

DeSantis signs dozens of bills before deadline

Jul. 1, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis grabbed a lot of attention this week by approving the state budget, creating new restrictions on girls seeking abortions, signing environmental legislation and new requirements for employers to use E-verify to confirm new hires are eligible to work in the...

Pennsylvania finishes year $3B behind because of pandemic

Jul. 1, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government finished its fiscal year about 9% short of its initial revenue estimate, a result of the state’s coronavirus-related shutdowns and delayed tax-filing deadlines, the Department of Revenue said Wednesday. The state collected $32.3 billion for the 12...

FILE - Maryland Board of Public Works, shown in a March 2020 photo, is scheduled to consider state budget cuts Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Maryland board OKs more than $400M in state budget cuts

Jul. 1, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland panel approved about $413 million in state budget cuts Wednesday as part of a long-term effort to adjust to the huge financial impact the coronavirus has had on the state’s economy. The Board of Public Works voted for a scaled-back version of more than $600 million...

Mississippi Department of Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson speaks about anticipated revenue 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)

Former lawmaker retires as Mississippi's top tax collector

Jul. 1, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top tax collector is retiring after four years in that job, and Republican Gov. Tate Reeves will nominate someone to succeed him. Herb Frierson said Wednesday that he retired as revenue commissioner when the state budget year ended Tuesday, ending a 42-year career in...