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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...

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. ...

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...

FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, chairs have been removed at some electronic slot machines to maintain social distancing between players at a closed Caesars Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Casinos from Lake Tahoe to Laughlin are announcing plans to reopen June 4, and a downtown Las Vegas hotel owner bought more than 1,000 one-way airline tickets for people from various U.S. cities. Nightlife will be limited, but promotions began Wednesday, May 27, 2020, after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak lifted his mid-March shut-down order and said casinos can reopen June 4. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Bleak casino, tourism reports showing Nevada shutdown impact

May. 29, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bleak reports in Nevada are showing the economic impact of a full month of casino and business closures enacted because of the coronavirus pandemic. With most businesses and all gambling establishments shuttered statewide, monthly gambling tax revenues were down in April nearly 100%...

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...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Legislature sends bills on virus aid, $25B budget to Wolf

May. 28, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A piecemeal, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion budget headed to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk Thursday, as did legislation to distribute about $2.6 billion in emergency federal coronavirus aid to counties, nursing homes and wide range of other causes. Both won speedy approval in the...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins of San Diego speaks on the floor of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. The California Senate's plan to cover a projected budget deficit rejects Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed cuts to public education and health care programs. Newsom's plan would cut funding for public schools by about $8 billion. The Senate's plan would restore $2.7 billion of those cuts, the rest being deferred to future years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Senate plan would reject most of governor's cuts

May. 28, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate on Thursday rejected most of Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget cuts to public education and health care programs, instead endorsing a plan that would cover the state's estimated $54.3 billion deficit by taking more money from reserves and...

Official: Virus was 'devastating' for Nebraska tourism

May. 28, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's tourism industry has lost millions of dollars in revenue to the coronavirus pandemic and will face major challenges as it tries to recover, the state's tourism director said Thursday. Nebraska Tourism Commission Executive Director John Ricks said visitor spending was $152.6...