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Nebraska budget chairman warns of major loss of tax revenue

Apr. 9, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairman of the Nebraska Legislature's budget-writing committee is bracing for a sharp drop in tax revenue that could affect the state for the next three years. Sen. John Stinner, head of the Appropriations Committee, made the comments in a webinar hosted by the Platte Institute, a...

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Murrell Smith, center, answers a question from state Rep. Nancy Mace, right, on the House floor during a special, one-day session of the South Carolina Legislature on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. This year's session has been paused for several weeks amid the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Economists estimate SC to lose $1B in revenue from COVID-19

Apr. 9, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The best estimate at the moment is South Carolina's budget will lose more than $1 billion estimated to be in next year's budget because of the coronavirus. Predictions in February were the state would have $1.9 billion extra in the spending plan starting July 1. That estimate of extra...

Florida governor OK's stricter thresholds on ballot measures

Apr. 9, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a slate of bills into law Wednesday, including one that would make it more difficult to place citizen initiatives on the ballot and another that would extend the life of the agency that promotes tourism in a state already hard-hit by the coronavirus...

In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 photo, a delivery truck leaves after dropping off alcohol to a home in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai’s two major alcohol distributors have partnered to offer home delivery of beer, spirits and wine as the new coronavirus now threatens a crucial source of tax and general revenue for the rulers of this Islamic city-state. The decision marks yet another loosening of social mores in the skyscraper-studded desert metropolis. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Dubai allows alcohol home delivery as virus shuts down bars

Apr. 9, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Champagne corks no longer pop at Dubai's infamous alcohol-soaked brunches. The blaring flat-screen televisions stand silent in the sheikhdom's sports bars. And the city-state's pubs have shrink-wrapped their now-idle beer taps. This skyscraper-studded desert...

A stay-at-home order in response to the new coronavirus has meant little traffic on Pittsburgh's busiest streets, as seen with this sparse assortment of cars on the Parkway North during rush hour on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Pennsylvania to seize medical supplies for COVID-19 fight

Apr. 8, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

Pennsylvania emergency management officials will be permitted to commandeer N95 face masks, ventilators and other crucial medical equipment for use in the fight against COVID-19 under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf. The order requires private and public health care facilities, manufacturers and other...

FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta. By requiring Georgia voters to provide their own stamps for mail-in ballots, the state is effectively imposing a poll tax that is an unconstitutional barrier to the right to vote, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Lawsuit: Georgia mail-in ballot postage is unconstitutional

Apr. 8, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — By requiring Georgia voters to provide their own stamps for mail-in ballots, the state is effectively imposing a poll tax that is an unconstitutional barrier to the right to vote, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Citing the continuing spread of the coronavirus, Secretary of...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Gov. Newsom says the state is exploring ways to help people living in the country illegally who are not eligible for federal economic stimulus benefits. Newsom said Tuesday, April 7, 2020, he plans to unveil his plan next month. He said it is part of a broader package of economic stimulus strategies at a state level that are separate from federal benefits. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor considers aid for immigrants amid virus

Apr. 7, 2020 10:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he is working with the Legislature on an economic stimulus package for immigrants in the country illegally and others not covered by the federal stimulus package approved by Congress. The federal government is dividing up about $30 billion to roughly...

Groups seek to block Tennessee school voucher implementation

Apr. 7, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Tennessee schools currently remain closed to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, state officials are accepting applications for a new education voucher program that would allow eligible families to use public tax dollars on private tuition during the upcoming school...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz prepares to deliver his delayed State of the State address over YouTube from his residence in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 5, 2020. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Walz expects to extend stay-at-home through end of April

Apr. 6, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country but the state must not get complacent, Gov. Walz said Monday, as he prepared to extend a stay-at-home order that he imposed nearly two weeks ago. “Minnesota is 17 per 100,000 right now," Walz told reporters of...

North Dakota Democrats select lieutenant governor candidate

Apr. 6, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democrats on Monday filled out their ticket for statewide officers in the 2020 election when governor candidate Shelley Lenz selected former state lawmaker Ben Vig as her running mate for lieutenant governor. Vig is a fifth generation farmer near Sharon, in eastern North...