Latest Government budgets News

Judge puts brakes on new law banning foreign government spending on referendums

Mar. 01, 2024 16:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge is delaying the implementation of a voter-approved law in Maine that aimed to close an election law loophole by stopping foreign government spending on state referendum races. U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen issued a preliminary injunction...

Japan opposition lawmakers bring no-confidence motion accusing gov't of halting debate over scandal

Mar. 01, 2024 07:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Outraged Japanese opposition lawmakers submitted a no-confidence motion on Friday, accusing the governing party of trying to push through a budget bill without adequate debate because of disruptions caused by a scandal over its fund-raising practices. Opposition...

Congress approves short-term extension to avoid shutdown, buy more time for final spending agreement

Feb. 29, 2024 21:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed another short-term spending measure Thursday that would keep one set of federal agencies operating through March 8 and another set through March 22, avoiding a shutdown for parts of the federal government that would otherwise kick in Saturday. The bill now goes...

Good news on business tax revenues boosts Minnesota's budget surplus to $3.7B

Feb. 29, 2024 14:40 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's budget outlook has improved thanks to higher corporate profits, officials said Thursday as they projected a slightly bigger surplus that will give the Legislature a little bit more breathing room this session. Minnesota Management and Budget said...

$5.5 billion in new Georgia spending will pay for employee bonuses, state Capitol overhaul

Feb. 29, 2024 14:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia will boost spending by nearly $5.5 billion in the remaining three months of its current budget, providing money to boost roadbuilding, build a new legislative office building and overhaul the state Capitol and pay for $1,000 bonuses already sent to state employees and...

Congressional leaders reach a tentative deal to avoid government shutdown. But Ukraine aid stalls

Feb. 28, 2024 20:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders announced Wednesday they have reached a tentative agreement to prevent a government shutdown for now, days before an end-of-the-week deadline that risked shuttering some federal operations. Under the new plan, Congress would temporarily fund...

US asylum measure aimed at curbing claims has limited impact given strained border budget

Feb. 28, 2024 15:22 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Inside giant white tents that house about 1,000 migrants near Tucson International Airport, Border Patrol agents demonstrate clockwork efficiency to release detainees within two days of arrest with orders to appear in immigration courts at their final destinations. Agents...

States offer services for disabled kids, then make their families wait 10 years for them

Feb. 28, 2024 15:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Lilly Miller was in elementary school, teachers told her parents they needed to immediately sign up their youngest daughter, who has Down syndrome, for a wait list so the state would pay for a day program when she grew up. The teachers predicted a six-year wait. ...

Effort to repeal Washington's landmark carbon program puts budget in limbo with billions at stake

Feb. 27, 2024 21:05 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A conservative-backed effort to repeal Washington state's landmark carbon pricing program and tax on the sale of stocks and bonds is putting the budget into limbo, with billions of dollars at stake in the final days of this year’s Legislative session. Lawmakers are...

Georgia will spend $392 million to build new legislative offices and overhaul its gold-domed capitol

Feb. 27, 2024 19:40 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's lawmakers are moving not only to regild the iconic dome on state Capitol, but the entire complex. Lawmakers on Monday with little dissent agreed to spend $392 million to build a new legislative office building for themselves and to renovate the 1889 Capitol...