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Records: 4 lawmakers claim max retroactive allowance

Aug. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Four Alaska lawmakers received the maximum allowable daily allowances for the time between the end of the drawn-out regular session in May and passage of a state operating budget nearly a month later, legislative records show. Under a law passed last year, if an operating budget is...

North Carolina Republicans unveil taxpayer refund bill

Aug. 21, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans on Wednesday pitched broad refunds to everyone who pays state income tax, a proposal that would transfer most of last year's large revenue surplus and signals a new GOP tack in the summer budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. House Speaker Tim...

Alaska governor cuts $5M in additional ferry service funding

Aug. 21, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor has vetoed additional funding for the state's ferry service. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $5 million Monday that was added to the Alaska Marine Highway System budget by the Legislature, CoastAlaska reported Monday. The Legislature previously cut $43 million...

Seeking to end NC budget impasse, Cooper talks to educators

Aug. 20, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Republican lawmakers need to meet with him to end a budget stalemate and give North Carolina public school teachers and staff better raises than what the GOP offered in the spending bill he vetoed. Cooper talked to some teachers and other education...

Baltimore to get more than $1M for park projects

Aug. 20, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore will get more than $1 million of state money for park projects that had been withheld in error. The Baltimore Sun reports Gov. Larry Hogan held the money up in error as part of a budget dispute with state lawmakers. The money was included as part of about $245 million that had...

The Latest: Alaska governor takes issue with coverage

Aug. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska oil-wealth fund dividend (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy took issue with media coverage in explaining why he announced by video his decision on the state budget and the oil-wealth fund dividend that will be paid to residents. Dunleavy...

Idaho governor tells state agencies to limit budget requests

Aug. 20, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has told state agencies to limit budget requests following a revenue forecast that came in lower than expected and eliminated most of the state's surplus. "The cold hard facts of it are we thought we were going to have a ($170 million) surplus," Little said...

Washington state to restore Huey helicopter for firefighting

Aug. 20, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An aircraft nearly 50-years-old is being restored to help fight wildfires in Washington state. KING-TV reports the Department of Natural Resources is using $1.1 million from the state's budget to bring the Huey helicopter back to life. The helicopter was first built in 1970 and used...

Governor says Virginia is in a 'good place' financially

Aug. 20, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam told state lawmakers Tuesday that Virginia is starting the new budget cycle "in a good place," with a revenue surplus swollen by federal tax law changes and $1.6 billion banked in reserve. In a speech to the General Assembly's money committees Tuesday, Northam said...

Dunleavy OKs 'partial' oil-wealth check of about $1,600

Aug. 19, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he is approving the roughly $1,600 oil-wealth fund check for residents passed by lawmakers this year but views it as a partial payment and plans to press for additional funding. House and Senate leaders tempered any expectations of a fatter payout and...