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Democrats cry 'cowardice' as GOP overrides NC budget veto

Sep. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans in control of a nearly half-empty North Carolina House chamber on Wednesday held an unexpected vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget bill, prompting accusations of trickery and deception from Cooper and fellow Democrats. Republican leaders had spent...

The Latest: NC House Republicans defend veto override action

Sep. 11, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina House Republicans' surprise vote in a half-empty chamber to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto (all times local): 3:30 p.m. North Carolina House Republican leaders say they never made any announcement or decision that would have prevented...

Go ahead, dive inside the mind of Bill Gates. But strap in.

Sep. 11, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There are some things about Bill Gates that are unremarkable. His favorite food: hamburgers. His favorite animal: the dog. But a few minutes into a new TV series on Gates reveals a fascinating insight. The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist is asked what his worst fear is....

Kentucky's General Fund receipts rise in August

Sep. 11, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say the state's General Fund tax receipts increased 3.6% in August compared to a year ago. State Budget Director John Chilton says total revenues for the month were $787.2 million, compared to $759.9 million during August 2018. Chilton says for the first two months...

Education takes spotlight with Beshear ad, Bevin response

Sep. 9, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Public education grabbed the spotlight in Kentucky's race for governor on Monday as Democratic nominee Andy Beshear and Republican incumbent Matt Bevin exchanged caustic words over whether the state's schools are adequately funded. Beshear initiated the exchange by accusing Bevin in a...

Trump's approval rating remains below 50% in Wisconsin

Sep. 4, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A poll released Wednesday shows that President Donald Trump's job approval in the key swing state of Wisconsin remains below 50%, a troubling sign for Republicans 14 months before the 2020 election. The Marquette University Law School poll also showed voter unease with the direction of...

Fellow Democrat declares Michigan governor's roads plan dead

Aug. 29, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The minority leader of the Michigan House said Thursday that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike is dead in the Republican-led Legislature, adding that there are other kinds of tax increases that could pay for much-needed road repairs. Christine...

Poland plans no budget deficit for first time in 30 years

Aug. 27, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's next annual state budget will for the first time in 30 years not run a deficit, mainly thanks to efficient tax collection and changes to the pension system, the prime minister said Tuesday. Mateusz Morawiecki spoke following a weekly government session that approved a draft...

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...

Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...