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Wyoming prepares to clear winter roads amid budget cuts

Nov. 23, 2020 7:25 PM EST

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation will do all it can to keep winter roads clear in the face of budget cuts implemented earlier this year, an official said. Transportation department spokesperson Cody Beers said the agency's top priority will be to keep school bus routes open, The...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves adjusts his

Analysis: Politics infuse Mississippi governor's budget plan

Nov. 22, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is using his state budget proposal to appeal to a conservative voting base. He's proposing a new $3 million “Patriotic Education Fund” because he says young people are being filled with ideas that undermine the belief in American greatness....

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Analysis: Edwards embraced veto pen for La. special session

Nov. 22, 2020 4:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards liberally used his veto pen for the majority-Republican Legislature's latest special session, striking down 15% of the measures that reached his desk in another indication of sharp disagreements over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic...

$11B budget package passes Pennsylvania Legislature

Nov. 20, 2020 9:03 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An $11 billion no-new-taxes spending package won passage in a lame-duck Friday night session in Pennsylvania's Legislature, as lawmakers sought to plug a multibillion-dollar deficit brought on by the pandemic and carry state government operations through the rest of the fiscal year....

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019  file photo, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman speaks at a news conference in the governor's Capitol reception room in Harrisburg, Pa. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana legalization and LGBTQ- and transgender-rights flags that Fetterman hangs from his second-floor outdoor balcony that overlooks the building's broad front steps. (AP Photo/Marc Levy, File)

Lieutenant gov's flags fly in the face of some PA lawmakers

Nov. 20, 2020 4:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman, may have gotten under somebody’s skin. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana...

State commissioner of administration Jay Dardenne wears a mask as he testifies before the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana virus aid programs run dry with requests pending

Nov. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will run out of federal coronavirus money before it pays out grants to all eligible small businesses and local government agencies seeking dollars from COVID-19 aid programs created by Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers. Officials running the programs told the joint...

Pennsylvania lawmakers begin advancing $11B budget package

Nov. 19, 2020 7:53 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state Legislature was set to begin voting Thursday on a roughly $11 billion no-new-taxes spending package to carry state government through the rest of the fiscal year and fill, for the moment, a multibillion-dollar deficit inflicted by the pandemic. The...

State seeks funding for 28 more electric vehicles

Nov. 19, 2020 4:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would add 28 electric vehicles to its fleet for state agencies under a budget request to legislators from the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Adding the electric vehicles would cost about $1 million under a request from the General Services Department. ...

Massachusetts Senate passes $46B proposed state budget plan

Nov. 19, 2020 2:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved its version of a $46 billion proposed state budget, about a 5.5% increase over the prior fiscal year. The spending plan, approved Wednesday evening, aims to move the state towards a more equitable recovery from the pandemic by making key investments in...

California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Gabriel Petek display's a copy of his office's upcoming budget forecast, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Sacramento, Calif. Petek's forecasting that the state will have a one-time $26 billion windfall in its next budget year, but warned the windfall is solely the result of the state overestimating the $54 billion budget deficit in the current spending plan. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Budget 'windfall' in California as economy weathers virus

Nov. 18, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When California shut down most of its economy in the spring because of the coronavirus, the state Legislature passed a spending plan that assumed the worst: An unemployment rate at 25%, record high enrollment in social safety net programs and a 15% drop in tax collections....