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Alaska lawmakers pass budget on last day of session

May. 19, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature approved a state spending package late Wednesday that would pay residents about $3,200 this year after a vote that would have boosted the payout to about $3,850 narrowly failed in the House. A tentative budget agreement reached by House...

New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm'

May. 19, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government said Thursday it will hand out an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million lower-income adults to help them navigate what it describes as “the peak of the global inflation storm.” The payments are part of a...

Alaska House, Senate negotiators reach tentative budget deal

May. 17, 2022 23:49 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers tasked with negotiating a budget deal reached a tentative agreement Tuesday that would pay residents more than $3,000 this year, but the final amount would depend on whether the Legislature can muster the votes needed to access a key savings account. ...

Alaska House votes against accepting Senate budget plan

May. 14, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House on Saturday voted against accepting a state spending package passed by the Senate that included payments of about $5,500 to residents. The vote to concur with the Senate package failed, with 18 members in favor of accepting the Senate plan...

Rand Paul stalls quick Senate OK of $40B Ukraine package

May. 12, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul defied leaders of both parties Thursday and single-handedly delayed until next week Senate approval of an additional $40 billion to help Ukraine and its allies withstand Russia's three-month old invasion. With the Senate poised...

Alaska Senate votes for bigger dividend during budget debate

May. 10, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate passed a state spending package Tuesday that includes dividends of about $4,200 to residents this year plus “energy relief” checks of $1,300. The package passed 15-5 and next goes to the House, which will have to decide whether to agree...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

May. 10, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. May 4, 2022. Editorial: Missouri has a shortage of teachers. We’ll lose more if they don’t get a pay raise It’s no secret that Missouri teachers are among the poorest paid in the country, and by some calculations pay for starting teachers is...

Census ready to study combining race, ethnicity questions

May. 06, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

U.S. Census Bureau officials said Friday they are ready to start examining changes that would combine race and ethnicity questions and add a Middle Eastern and North African category to the 2030 census questionnaire, but they have to wait for another federal office to start the conversation. ...

Army pressed to fix dilapidated base housing by senators

May. 05, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army must put more money and effort into repairing poorly maintained and substandard base housing for military service members and their families, U.S. senators demanded Thursday, amid persistent reports that mold and other issues threaten troops' health. One...

Biden showcases deficit progress in bid to counter critics

May. 04, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday highlighted new figures showing the government's red ink will grow less than expected this year and the national debt will shrink this quarter as he tried to counter criticism of his economic leadership amid growing dismay over inflation going...