Latest Government budgets News

Delaware lawmakers OK bill enabling board of political appointees to oversee hospital budgets

May. 21, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill aimed at curtailing the increase in health care costs in Delaware by establishing a state board with authority to impose budgets on the state’s largest hospitals. The legislation passed the House on a...

Massachusetts Senate weighs tuition-free community college plan

May. 21, 2024 15:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A plan to create tuition-free, universal community college for all Massachusetts residents was up for discussion Tuesday as the state Senate launched debate on its proposed $57.9 billion budget for the new fiscal year. Supporters, including Democratic Senate President...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 20, 2024 15:17 PM EDT

Toledo Blade. May 13, 2024. Editorial: State deficit no surprise Ohio’s tax collections are running behind budget projections by nearly a half billion dollars, and state officials are surprised. Income taxes are 5.5 percent under estimates. It’s the...

Judge rules Ohio law that keeps cities from banning flavored tobacco is unconstitutional

May. 20, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

An Ohio law prohibiting cities from banning the sale of flavored tobacco products is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled. The state is expected to appeal the ruling issued Friday by Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Serrott, who had issued a temporary restraining order...

Taiwan's new president inherits a strong foreign policy position but political gridlock at home

May. 19, 2024 05:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — In a campaign ad for Taiwan’s President-elect Lai Ching-te, incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen was shown driving with Lai in the passenger seat, exchanging reflections on their years governing together. Tsai later turned over the driving to Lai, who was joined by running...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 18, 2024 16:51 PM EDT

Bangor Daily News. May 14, 2024. Editorial: Proposal to reclassify marijuana signals important shift away from failed punitive approach A proposal from the Biden administration to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous substance is a good step in ending America’s...

Teachers criticize Newsom's budget proposal, say it would 'wreak havoc on funding for our schools'

May. 17, 2024 18:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest teachers union on Friday turned up the pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom, announcing a public campaign aimed at blocking part of his plan to balance the budget because they say it “would wreak havoc on funding for our schools.” Newsom...

Michigan lawmakers get final revenue estimates as they push to finalize the state budget

May. 17, 2024 16:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State economists delivered their final economic forecast this year for Michigan and indicated that tax revenue will continue to stabilize, which they see as a positive development following years of record surpluses driven by pandemic-related funds. Michigan...

Psychedelic therapy and workers' rights bills fail to advance in California's tough budget year

May. 16, 2024 19:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California faces a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, lawmakers must make tough decisions about which of the more than 1,000 measures still alive in the Legislature this year will not make the cut. On Thursday, they stopped hundreds of bills from...

Former Connecticut budget official arrested, pleads not guilty to bribery and extortion charges

May. 16, 2024 19:44 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former top official in Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont's budget office allegedly extorted private contractors into paying him thousands of dollars in bribes as he oversaw large blocks of state money for school construction projects, federal authorities said Thursday. ...