Latest Government budgets News

Pennsylvania lawmakers pass nearly $48B budget almost 2 weeks late

Jul. 11, 2024 23:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers ground through a flurry of votes Thursday to approve a budget deal, nearly two weeks into the new fiscal year after being slowed by disagreements during closed-door negotiations over Democrats' push for more public schools aid. The...

Maryland governor proposes nearly $149M in midyear budget cuts

Jul. 10, 2024 15:26 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore's administration proposed nearly $149 million in midyear spending reductions on Wednesday to steer more money to help fund child care and Medicaid as state officials continue to wrestle with budget challenges. Moore will present the...

'This is break glass in case of emergency stuff': Analysts alarmed by threats to US data gathering

Jul. 09, 2024 12:10 PM EDT

Inadequate funding and controversial measures in a budget bill could threaten what Americans know about themselves through federal data gathering, statisticians and demographers warn in a new report and a letter to U.S. congressional leaders. “Our bottom-line assessment is that...

German government averts crisis with budget agreement for Europe’s largest economy

Jul. 05, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it has reached agreement on the budget for 2025 and a stimulus package for Europe’s largest economy, easing a monthslong squabble that threatened to upend Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left coalition. Scholz, a Social Democrat,...

California Legislature votes to ask voters for permission borrow $20 billion for climate, schools

Jul. 03, 2024 23:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mired in a stream of multi-billion dollar budget deficits, the California Legislature on Wednesday turned to voters for help. Lawmakers voted to place a pair of $10 billion bonds on the November ballot. If approved, the money would pay for the building of...

At half a mile a week, Texas border wall will take around 30 years and $20 billion to build

Jul. 03, 2024 14:35 PM EDT

Three years after Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas would take the extraordinary step of building a state-funded wall along the Mexico border, he has 34 miles of steel bollards to show for it. That infrastructure — which has so far run up a price tag of some $25 million per mile —...

California budgets up to $12 million for reparations bills, a milestone in atoning for racist legacy

Jul. 03, 2024 13:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California plans to spend up to $12 million on reparations legislation under a budget signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, marking a milestone in the state's efforts to atone for a legacy of racism and discrimination against Black Californians. The...

Virginia Senate takes no action on move to repeal military tuition program restrictions

Jul. 02, 2024 15:16 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate has failed for a second time to eliminate new restrictions on a state program that offers free college tuition at state schools for families of veterans who were killed or seriously disabled while on active duty. The state House of Delegates...

West Virginia governor pushing for another income tax cut as time in office winds down

Jul. 01, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Monday that state revenue collections appeared to hit a benchmark at the end of the fiscal year that could trigger an additional reduction in the state income tax, and he plans to call lawmakers back to address further cuts as well as a...

California lawmakers unveil $10 billion bond proposals for climate and schools

Jun. 30, 2024 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Sunday announced they plan to put two bond measures on the ballot in November, one that would ask voter approval to borrow $10 billion for climate programs and another that would borrow $10 billion to build or repair public schools. If passed by...