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Lawmakers slash personal income taxes in state budget deal

Jul. 16, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio would cut personal income taxes by 4%, keep a debated business tax break and change how pharmacy benefits are administered for Medicaid users to boost transparency and control those costs under a proposed two-year state budget passed Tuesday by a conference committee. The...

The Latest: 4% tax cut, pharmacy compensation in Ohio budget

Jul. 16, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the crafting of Ohio's next two-year state budget (all times local): 8 p.m. The latest version of Ohio's proposed two-year state budget would cut personal income taxes by 4%, keep a debated business tax break and change how pharmacy benefits are administered for Medicaid...

Lebanese parliament convenes on budget amid tight security

Jul. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Under tight security, Lebanese lawmakers on Tuesday began discussing the draft 2019 state budget that aims to avert a financial crisis in the heavily indebted country by raising taxes and cutting public spending. The discussions were being held amid limited protests against proposed austerity...

Alaska Legislature fails to override vetoes that prompt cuts

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable. More than one-third of lawmakers missed the vote...

Alaska legislators brace for showdown over governor's vetoes

Jul. 9, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The message on the front page of Alaska's second-largest newspaper was unmistakable. A nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) headline, outlined in red, in Monday's edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner contained a single word: OVERRIDE. It appeared over a full-page editorial calling for...

Democrats highlight mental health money in vetoed budget

Jul. 9, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Democrats accused Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of blocking progress on multiple mental health care fronts Tuesday, while his office countered that the state's challenges can be met without the business tax increases included in the budget he vetoed. Sununu vetoed a bill...

Wisconsin GOP: Rewrite constitution to limit governor's veto

Jul. 9, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans want to rewrite the state constitution to prohibit the governor from using his veto pen to increase spending without legislative approval, marking another skirmish in the GOP's battle to diminish Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers. The Wisconsin Constitution gives...

Divided Alaska Legislature convenes session in 2 cities

Jul. 8, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session. The Alaska state Senate kicked off its second special session in Juneau on Monday and promptly removed its majority leader, who was 600 miles (965 kilometers) away...

The Latest: Alaska State Senate ousts majority leader

Jul. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature preparing for a second special session (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The Alaska State Senate kicked off it second special session in Juneau with a shake-up of leadership. In a session that lasted less than a half hour Monday, the Senate removed...

Once again, Massachusetts among last states without a budget

Jul. 2, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State budget negotiators were continuing closed-door talks Tuesday as Massachusetts again earned the dubious distinction of being among the few U.S. states without a permanent spending plan in place for the new fiscal year. July 1 came and went without the Democratic-controlled Legislature...