Latest State budgets News

Rating agency upgrades Oklahoma's economic outlook

Oct. 23, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of the nation's top rating agencies is upgrading the state's economic outlook from "stable" to "positive" due in large part to the 2018 passage of tax hikes that have resulted in budget surpluses and increased reserves. Moody's Investors Service announced Wednesday it was also...

As teachers strike, Chicago mayor offers $838M deficit fix

Oct. 23, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who's still trying to settle a nearly week-old teacher's strike, proposed a combination of debt refinancing, tax and fee hikes and assistance from the state Legislature on Wednesday to close a massive $838 million budget deficit. As Lightfoot spoke, thousands of...

The Latest: Chicago classes canceled for 6th day amid strike

Oct. 23, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Chicago's budget woes and ongoing teacher strike (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Chicago Public Schools have cancelled classes for a sixth day as a teachers' strike remains unresolved. The nation's third-largest school district has kept school buildings open since the Chicago...

Experience-based increases for NC teachers in Senate bill

Oct. 23, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina teachers would get their usual experience-based pay increase but little else in legislation that Senate Republicans are now advancing as the GOP and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper remain at odds over the state budget. A Senate committee approved a measure on Wednesday that...

Skepticism grows on Medicaid overhaul rollout for February

Oct. 23, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Skepticism grew on Wednesday that a massive change in administering North Carolina Medicaid's program will start as scheduled early next year as a state budget stalemate continues and doctors and hospitals worry whether details are ready. The shift to managed care benefits for 1.6...

Louisiana higher education board asks for $156M budget boost

Oct. 23, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top higher education board is asking lawmakers to increase spending on public college programs by nearly $156 million next year, to raise faculty pay, boost student aid and work toward new achievement goals. The Board of Regents approved the budget request Wednesday at...

Republicans want state budget surplus returned to taxpayers

Oct. 23, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers in the Republican minority are crafting a proposal that would return some of the state's budget surplus to taxpayers rather than spend it on government programs and services. Republican House Whip Rod Montoya of Farmington says his caucus is drafting a pay-back...

2 bills with tax cuts advance through NC Senate panel

Oct. 22, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans leading the North Carolina Senate are advancing two additional tax-related bills largely gleaned from the vetoed state budget. Only one got full bipartisan support. The Senate Finance Committee voted on Tuesday for measures, which are scheduled for floor votes on Wednesday....

Rhode Island governor sues over control of marijuana rules

Oct. 22, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is asking a judge to declare the legislature's control over new marijuana and hemp regulations unconstitutional. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's suing in Superior Court because the Democratic-controlled legislature, in provisions of the state...

Michigan Senate OKs address confidentiality for victims

Oct. 22, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would create an address confidentiality program to protect victims of domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking under bipartisan legislation that won unanimous approval from the state Senate on Tuesday. Participants would receive a unique identification number and an...