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North Dakota revenue report shows rough start, strong finish

Jan. 12, 2021 6:59 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A budget analyst told North Dakota lawmakers Tuesday that the state will likely see “rough sailing” early in the year but there's reason for optimism in the long run. In his revenue forecast to the House and Senate appropriations committees, Curtis Smith of IHS Markit...

FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Lawmakers convene Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 either in person wearing masks or remotely for North Dakota's 67th legislative session, where they will face tough spending choices amid a pandemic that's hit a state economy already reeling from depressed oil and agriculture prices. The Republican governor is set to talk about the coronavirus' impact on the state and other pandemic-induced challenges, including to the state's budget.(Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Bill would bar contributions from North Dakota governor

Jan. 12, 2021 4:55 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bill that would prohibit a North Dakota governor from giving cash or endorsing a member of the Legislature is getting a cool reception from both GOP and Democratic legislative leaders. The legislation introduced by Rep. Jeffery Magrum comes after GOP Gov. Doug Burgum contributed...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Gov. Andy Beshear proposed an infusion of aid into Kentucky's coronavirus-battered economy on Thursday evening, Jan. 7, 2021, announcing an ambitious budget plan that includes down-payments on his long-running goals of raising salaries for teachers and boosting public education funding.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky lawmakers start advancing budget bills

Jan. 11, 2021 6:40 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers began advancing budget bills Monday that are likely to undergo substantial changes as they dig deeper into setting spending priorities, beset by the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House passed the “continuation” budgets seen as mere...

Delaware lawmakers ready to convene new session

Jan. 11, 2021 6:02 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers are set to begin a new legislative session with the promise of fresh debate on a variety of controversial social issues and uncertainty regarding the state’s finances amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Legislative Hall remains closed to the public, meaning...

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Blake Tillery, left, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England sign a final agreement on Georgia's state budget on Thursday, June 25, 2020. England and Tillery say they tried to avoid budget cuts that would most directly harm citizens even as they reduced state spending by more than $2 billion. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Georgia budget writers greet improved revenue with caution

Jan. 7, 2021 6:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After a $2 billion bloodletting last year because of the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia’s budget picture is looking better. But it’s still unclear how much better, which state budget writers say will drive caution. Through November,...

Montana lawmakers refuse request to fund marijuana program

Jan. 7, 2021 3:28 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers have turned down the state Department of Revenue's request for $1.35 million to start a recreational marijuana program. The state revenue department had requested from the House Appropriations Committee over a million dollars that would have been used to pay for...

Hise joins NC Senate budget chairs, Daniel co-leads finance

Jan. 7, 2021 12:05 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Veteran western North Carolina Republican legislators have filled chairmanship vacancies on the Senate's two most influential policy committees, chamber leader Phil Berger announced on Thursday as he unveiled committee assignments. Sen. Ralph Hise of Mitchell County will now join Sens....

Officials: Education money won’t go to Utah social programs

Jan. 5, 2021 3:10 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah State Legislature is not expecting to divert education funding this year to pay for social programs that benefit children and people with disabilities, despite a voter-approved amendment allowing them to do so, officials said. The amendment allows the state to use income tax...

State senator quitting to join Illinois governor's staff

Jan. 4, 2021 9:12 PM EST

BUNKER HILL, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill announced Monday he is resigning later this month to become an adviser to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Manar, a close Pritzker ally in the Legislature and a lead budget negotiator, said he will step down Jan. 17 and take up his new...

Some GOP lawmakers demand that colleagues return to work

Jan. 4, 2021 5:46 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A small group of Republican lawmakers who don't like some of Gov. Janet Mills' executive orders during the pandemic plans to use a Maine Statehouse appearance to make a statement about getting back to work. Republicans protested the governor's actions while lawmakers were sidelined...