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Another $34M sought to fill gaps in Louisiana prisons budget

Feb. 21, 2020 6:08 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is seeking another $34 million to cover Louisiana prison costs this year, prompting questions from state lawmakers who have seen continued requests for infusions of cash for corrections charges annually. The Democratic governor's budget office...

Top lawmaker unveils plan to set aside $500M for transit

Feb. 21, 2020 5:13 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey would set aside $500 million a year for New Jersey Transit's operating budget under a plan a top lawmaker unveiled Friday. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said he will seek a constitutional amendment to make sure the money is not diverted from transit by the...

A voter casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections in a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iranians vote in parliament elections favoring conservatives

Feb. 21, 2020 4:22 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the country diplomatically. The disqualification of more than 7,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists...

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Frustration mounts about Louisiana Medicaid contract dispute

Feb. 21, 2020 3:49 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are growing frustrated with an ongoing dispute over $21 billion in state Medicaid contracts, with a crucial decision on the deals expected next month but unlikely to settle the matter. Legislative irritation about the handling of the contracts by Gov. John Bel...

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Major contributors to the European Union's budget blocked progress at an emergency summit on Friday, insisting that they would not stump up more funds for the bloc's next long-term spending package. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU ends testy budget summit without deal, much work ahead

Feb. 21, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders broke up a marathon budget summit without a deal Friday and their positions were still so far apart that they could not even decide when to meet again on the divisive issue. After 28 hours of talks the leaders could not find a compromise, with a half dozen wealthy...

FILE  - In this Aug. 28, 2018 file photo, welders work on Iowa-side columns for the new Interstate 74 bridge in Bettendorf, Iowa. In the midst of an election year, President Donald Trump has outlined a new $1 trillion infrastructure plan. This time, the Republican president is proposing to rely fully on federal spending to reach his goal, a fundamental change that is praised by some state transportation officials and industry groups, even though Trump's proposal doesn't spell out how to pay for it all. (Todd Mizener/The Dispatch – The Rock Island Argus via AP, File)

Trump tries new approach for $1 trillion infrastructure plan

Feb. 21, 2020 10:19 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump promised a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that would use tax incentives to spur private investment in public works projects. He has so far failed to persuade Congress to pass anything like that. In another election year, Trump...

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State during opening session at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

Feb. 21, 2020 8:51 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severalstates have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. States including New...

Republican lawmakers including House Republican minority leader James Townsend of Artesia, top center, consult with the lead attorney for the legislature, Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga, bottom left, as tensions flare between Republicans and Democrats on procedural maneuvers on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Legislature approved a $7.6 billion budget in the final hours of a 30-day legislative session that also included pension reforms, new college scholarships, stricter oversight of tobacco sales, new investments in early childhood education and incentives for rooftop solar. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers reach budget deal as tense session ends

Feb. 20, 2020 9:47 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators forged a budget agreement Thursday that increases annual spending on government programs and school districts by more than a half-billion dollars, with new investments in early childhood education and college scholarships in a state afflicted by high rates of...

European Parliament President David Sassoli speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long — and so far inconclusive. Gaps and resentments between...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during his inauguration at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

After criticism, Louisiana governor seeks $500 teacher raise

Feb. 20, 2020 9:38 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Facing criticism that he broke a campaign promise to teachers, Gov. John Bel Edwards reversed course Thursday and proposed a reworked K-12 budget proposal that would include a direct $500 pay hike for public school teachers. The Democratic governor's education policy adviser,...