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Assembly OKs Republican COVID spending plan; Evers vows veto

Apr. 13, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans took another step Tuesday toward ripping control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, passing a package of bills that would divvy out the money according to GOP priorities. The state...

School funding suit prompts Delaware property reassessments

Apr. 13, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Officials in Delaware’s southernmost county have agreed to reassess property values for the first time in nearly half a century to settle a lawsuit over school funding and woefully outdated property assessments. The Sussex County Council voted...

Virginia expands Medicaid access for legal immigrants

Apr. 13, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ni Kin became a permanent resident in 2002 at 70 years old, but she was unable to work after moving from Myanmar to Virginia due to mobility problems. Kin required more medical attention related to her condition as she aged, but was unable to see a...

California targets urgent projects as wildfire season looms

Apr. 13, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California is in such an urgent race with another devastating wildfire season that officials began soliciting local project ideas even before they had money to pay for them. It faces such a threat of drought that the governor said Tuesday that he has executive orders...

House GOP spending plan includes 2% personal income tax cut

Apr. 13, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans would receive a 2% personal income tax cut and the state would fund schools in a more equitable fashion under the latest version of the state budget introduced Tuesday by House Republicans. The 2% cut would amount to $380 million in reduced...

Idaho House kills $1.1 billion teacher pay bill on tie vote

Apr. 13, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Tuesday rejected legislation to pay $1.1 billion to Idaho’s K-12 teachers amid concerns about what is being taught in schools. Lawmakers deadlocked 34-34 in a tie vote that means the bill fails to advance. The defeat means the bill...

Tennessee eyes 2-week tax holiday for restaurants, groceries

Apr. 13, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing a $100 million, two-week sales tax holiday on restaurants, bars and groceries, as his administration looks to divvy up hundreds of millions of dollars in extra spending due to better-than-expected revenues during the COVID-19...

Court rules Norman violated FOIA when approving budget

Apr. 13, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The city of Norman violated the state’s Open Meeting Act when it approved a budget that cut the police budget by $865,000, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court upheld a circuit judge's December ruling that a required notice for the...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Apr. 13, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 8, 2021. Editorial: Missouri lawmakers peddling false choice between public defenders, Medicaid expansion Missouri lawmakers are taking small steps to rectify the outrageous denial of constitutional rights for thousands of...

Georgia county seeks to improve jail after deputy killed

Apr. 12, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The leader of middle Georgia's largest county said Monday he wants to spend $3 million to replace some cell doors that inmates can force open, as the county seeks to reassure jailers of their safety after an inmate recently stabbed and killed a guard with the guard's...