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Kansas lawmakers move quickly on local tax 'transparency'

Jan. 14, 2021 7:39 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators moved quickly Thursday to try a different approach in seeking to limit city and county taxes after Gov. Laura Kelly and a key group signaled that they're not as opposed to the concept as they once were. The Senate voted 34-1 for a proposed transparency law that would...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts delivers the annual State of the State Address to lawmakers in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

News Guide: Ricketts pitches property tax ballot measure

Jan. 14, 2021 1:47 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters could get to decide whether to restrict local government spending next year under Gov. Pete Ricketts' property tax proposal that he presented to lawmakers on Thursday. Ricketts said he is backing a constitutional amendment that would limit the growth of local government...

Kentucky lawmakers set stage for budget negotiations

Jan. 14, 2021 4:09 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have wrapped up procedural votes, setting the stage for negotiations on crafting a new state budget. Key lawmakers were assigned Wednesday to conference committees. They'll work in coming weeks on devising budget plans for state government. The legislature will...

Senator proposes state takeover of K-12 school funding

Jan. 13, 2021 6:10 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker on Wednesday proposed a state takeover of K-12 public education funding as a way to lower property taxes. Sen. Tom Briese, of Albion, introduced a constitutional amendment that would require state government to pay for local schools. Currently, public schools are...

Georgia county plans new morgue, citing lack of space

Jan. 12, 2021 10:45 AM EST

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of a southwest Georgia county are planning a new morgue, saying there's not enough room to keep using the local hospital's morgue. Dougherty County commissioners on Monday accepted a proposal for architectural and engineering services. The county plans to pay for the project out...

Report: Wisconsin's tax burden drops below national average

Jan. 12, 2021 6:47 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's state and local tax burden dropped below the national average and taxes as a share of income in 2020 reached its lowest level in at least half a century, a report released Tuesday from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum showed. State and local taxes as a share of income...

Georgia county fires ex-police chief awaiting trial

Jan. 11, 2021 6:28 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia county has fired it’s former police chief 10 months after he was placed on leave following his indictment on malfeasance charges. Former Glynn County Police Chief John Powell was notified of his formal termination in a letter last week, The Brunswick News reported...

Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, stands at the rostrum in the Maryland Senate on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 in Annapolis, Md. Precautions, including transparent panels, are being taken this year to help protect lawmakers as they gather for the annual 90-day legislative session, which begins Wednesday, Jan. 13. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Maryland lawmakers, governor, to focus on pandemic relief

Jan. 11, 2021 1:42 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Maryland lawmakers will be gathering for their annual legislative session this week to focus largely on helping the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic and to take up policing reforms. Gov. Larry Hogan announced a $1 billion COVID-19 relief...

County dispute means school system may have to borrow $100M

Jan. 10, 2021 12:56 PM EST

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — One county school district in South Carolina may have to borrow up to $100 million to pay its bills because of a dispute between the auditor and the county council. The Beaufort County Board of Education approved the borrowing Thursday night, saying the $100 million would be a worst...

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts gives in an interview in his office in the Nebraska State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Lincoln, Neb. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Ricketts hints at ballot measure if property tax push fails

Jan. 10, 2021 10:45 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will push to reduce property taxes during this legislative session by limiting local government spending, and he warns the issue could go to voters if lawmakers don't approve changes. Ricketts said he's hopeful lawmakers will take steps to slow local...