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Editorials from around Oregon

Aug. 14, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Mail Tribune, Aug. 13, on state procedures for issuing drivers licenses: Bill Greenstein's lawsuit alleging the state of Oregon wrongly issued a driver's license to the repeat drunk driver who killed his wife is now settled. What's not settled is whether Oregon is...

Hard-won budget, debt deal clears Senate, advances to Trump

Aug. 1, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Donald Trump's endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The legislation passed by a 67-28 vote as Trump and his GOP allies...

House passes bipartisan budget bill with Trump support

Jul. 25, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Observing a rare cease-fire in their battles with President Donald Trump, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday easily passed bipartisan debt and budget legislation to permit the Treasury to issue bonds to pay the government's bills and lock in place recent budget gains for both the...

Deal sealed on federal budget ensures no shutdown, default

Jul. 23, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have announced a critical debt and budget agreement that's an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid political and economic tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first federal default. The...

Replacement of Maine-Canada bridge gets major fed aid boost

Jul. 23, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine will receive $36 million to help pay for the replacement of an aging bridge that connects one of its northernmost communities with the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who chairs the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee,...

Lawsuit will not interrupt Alaska public school funding

Jul. 19, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A lawsuit involving state government will not interrupt funding of Alaska's public schools, officials said. Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr said schools are scheduled to receive their first monthly payments within the next week, The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday....

Alaska attorney general defends veto of court system funding

Jul. 18, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's attorney general says Gov. Mike Dunleavy was within his constitutional rights to cut the court system budget for a decision he didn't like. Attorney General Kevin Clarkson in a statement Thursday says a governor has line-item budget veto power over all appropriations,...

University of Alaska credit ratings downgraded due to cuts

Jul. 18, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska's revenue bond ratings have been downgraded after a cut in state funding, a report said. Moody's Investors Service announced the rating decreases Wednesday, citing the "unprecedented" single-year reduction, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Wednesday....

Washington talks could soon yield spending, debt deal

Jul. 17, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap. The emerging two-year framework would satisfy demands for an...

Mnuchin says budget deal with Pelosi is 'very close'

Jul. 15, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. And the hardliners, wary of further increases to federal spending, appear to be losing. Talks between Pelosi and...