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FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gina Raimondo gives an update on the coronavirus during a news conference, in Providence, R.I. Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they got to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, making it tougher for states and cities to argue that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers. “If I knew today that another billion dollars was coming to Rhode Island to help solve our budget deficit, I’d spend the $1.25 billion now,” Raimondo said about the state's portion of money. “Lots of other governors are spending. They’re taking a gamble, and I’m just not ready to do that yet.” (Kris Craig/Providence Journal via AP, Pool, File)

While asking for more, states are slow to spend virus aid

May. 31, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they received more than a month ago to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, complicating governors' arguments that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers. The Associated Press reviewed plans from governors or lawmakers on how...

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates, from left, Jacob Tottleben, of St. Louis, Lindsey Fischer, of La Crosse, and Olivia Gonzalez, of Milwaukee, open bottles of champagne at the State and Park Street crosswalk to celebrate after watching their virtual spring commencement ceremony on the rooftop of Fischer's apartment, on campus in Madison, Wis., Saturday, May 9, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

UW touts study showing salary averages for graduates

May. 31, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin graduates earn a median salary of about $49,000 one year after graduating, and those from Wisconsin are about six times more likely to remain in the state than those who come to the school from elsewhere, a school-funded study released Sunday showed. The...

First grade teachers, Ellie Morgan, 25, left, Hannah Sprayberry, 28, right, pose for a portrait, and say they are taking around 5 per-cent pay cut on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. With sharp declines in state spending projected because of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, America's more than 13,000 local school systems are wrestling with the likelihood of big budget cuts. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

May. 30, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It was during the Great Recession when Catoosa County first shortened its school year, from 180 to 175 instructional days, as it began years of furloughs due to budget cuts. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the next school year will be shorter still, with only 170 classroom days. ...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo traffic moves along Interstate 10 as downtown Los Angeles is seen in the background in Los Angeles. California voters on the November ballot will decide whether to raise property taxes on commercial and industrial land to raise up to an estimated $12 billion annually for public schools and city halls across the state. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)

California to vote on business tax hike worth up to $12B

May. 29, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters in November will decide whether to increase property taxes on commercial and industrial land to raise up to an estimated $12 billion annually for public schools and city halls across the state. The ballot measure contest will pit big city mayors and pro-labor...

NJ tallies $200M in expenses responding to COVID-19

May. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

New Jersey's state government has racked up about $200 million in expenses responding to the COVID-19 crisis over the roughly two months since the first case became know, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The receipts obtained through the state's public records law show $197 million in...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Panel says virus reduced $360M from next year's state budget

May. 29, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State budget experts said Friday that Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Legislature will have about $360 million less to use for next year's budget than earlier expected. The Iowa Revenue Estimating Conference, a group of three people responsible for estimating state revenue, set lower...

Northern Arizona U president sees some cuts amid budget woes

May. 29, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fewer than 100 positions at Northern Arizona University would be laid off in response to budget concerns and there would be no reductions in tenured or tenure-track faculty, the university president said. President Rita Cheng released a statement responding to a protest earlier in...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2020, file photo shows slot machines at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City,N.J., that are controlled by gamblers over the internet. The coronavirus pandemic could lead to a quicker expansion of sports betting and internet gambling in the U.S. as states deal with huge budget deficits and look for new tax revenue wherever they can find it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, FIle)

Virus could lead more states to OK sports, online betting

May. 29, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic could lead to a quicker expansion of sports betting and internet gambling in the U.S. as states deal with huge budget deficits and look for new tax revenue wherever they can find it. Most major sports remain shut down due to the virus, but European soccer...

Lee asks state agencies to cut budgets by 12%

May. 29, 2020 2:48 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee has asked all state agencies to find ways to slash their budgets by 12% and submit their new proposals by the end of June. Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley told lawmakers of the governor's latest budget instructions on Thursday. The...

Hawaii governor to extend traveler quarantine past June

May. 29, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Thursday said he would extend the state's 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers arriving in the state beyond June 30. The state mandated the quarantine beginning on March 26 to control the spread of the coronavirus. The governor told a joint online press...