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Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 23, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in Congress ahead of...

Biden presses fellow Dems: Resolve party split on $3.5T plan

Sep. 22, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a personal push, President Joe Biden pressed fellow Democrats to hasten work on his big “build back better” agenda Wednesday, telling them to come up with a final framework and their best topline budget figure as the party labors to bridge its divisions in...

Lawmakers OK $55B budget bills; $7.5B in virus relief left

Sep. 22, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers who finished passing the state budget Wednesday will next turn to allocating an unprecedented amount of federal COVID-19 rescue funding — money that largely is flexible and can be spent however the state decides. For months,...

New Mexico races to spend federal rental assistance

Sep. 22, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State agencies spent federal pandemic aid at a furious pace during the month of August, channeling about $630 million in efforts to bolster unemployment reserves, provide emergency housing assistance and promote COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the Legislature's budget...

Kentucky pension systems outline future budget needs

Sep. 22, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's state pension systems are expected to need nearly $4.6 billion from the next two-year state budget, mostly to cover pension debts, officials told lawmakers. The largest share will go to the Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky, the...

House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Sep. 21, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted late Tuesday to keep the government funded, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of triggering a fiscal crisis. ...

Michigan budget boosts child care, keeps caregiver pay hike

Sep. 21, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will make more kids eligible for child care subsidies, equip state troopers with body cameras and make permanent a pandemic wage hike for nursing home workers and other caregivers under the next state budget, poised for initial approval Tuesday. ...

Panel endorses changes to law that sets limits on spending

Sep. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday moved to significantly change the threshold on new legislation that limits spending of federal money by a governor-led panel. The law, passed shortly before the Republican-led Legislature adjourned in April, came...

SC school mask mandate ban disrupts learning, groups say

Sep. 21, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As the South Carolina Supreme Court mulls the legality of a state rule that effectively bans masks in most schools, health care workers and educators are renewing calls for state lawmakers to repeal the provision altogether. Pediatricians and...

Maine budget surplus exceeded goals for August, gov says

Sep. 21, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state government had a budget surplus of more than $40 million for the month of August, officials with the governor's office said Tuesday. The office of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the $42.4 million surplus for the month beat...