Latest Appropriations News

Panel endorses changes to law that sets limits on spending

Sep. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday moved to significantly change the threshold on new legislation that limits spending of federal money by a governor-led panel. The law, passed shortly before the Republican-led Legislature adjourned in April, came...

Grand Forks company awarded $17 million Navy contract

Sep. 21, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks company has been awarded a $17 million Navy contract to build a ground support station to control unmanned aircraft and sensor system. The work by Ideal Aerosmith will enable mission planners to access classified and...

Georgia reaps $2.2B surplus even after rainy day fund fills

Sep. 20, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has more money in the bank than ever before, creating a chance for an election-year spending or tax-cutting spree — if that's what Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican lawmakers want. Figures released Monday show the state ended the 2021 budget with a...

University to receive $11 million for cold weather research

Sep. 16, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been awarded an $11 million federal grant to develop better material and manufacturing technology to withstand cold weather. South Dakota Mines will partner with the U.S. Army Corps of...

State Senate appropriations chair injured in Colorado wreck

Sep. 09, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A prominent Pennsylvania state senator was in a motorcycle wreck more than a week ago and is recovering, his office said Thursday. Republican Sen. Pat Browne was in Colorado, on his way to participate in a train photography event, when the crash...

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

Sep. 08, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expansion of nonmerit scholarships to college and greater spending to safeguard abandoned oil wells in New Mexico are among the governor's new spending priorities, amid a windfall in state income linked to federal pandemic relief and petroleum production. ...

Biden seeking additional funds for Ida relief and Afghans

Sep. 07, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

The White House is asking Congress to approve an additional $24 billion in spending to handle the costs of Hurricane Ida and other natural disasters, as well as $6.4 billion for the resettlement of evacuees from Afghanistan to help with transportation, government processing and public health...

North Dakota agencies submit proposals for federal COVID aid

Sep. 03, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has $1 billion of federal coronavirus aid in the bank, and state agencies have proposals totaling almost five times that amount on how to spend it. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum asked the agencies for the proposals as a way to set...

Regents look to state colleges to retool diversity centers

Aug. 19, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Regents says nothing but mandating curriculum is off the table when it comes to retooling diversity centers at state colleges. The regents' general counsel, Nathan Lukkes, addressed questions from the Legislature's Joint...

Group releases recommendations for Alaska fiscal policy

Aug. 16, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A comprehensive fiscal policy for Alaska "must be negotiated and agreed to as whole” and not taken up piecemeal, according to a report from a legislative working group that was charged with making recommendations for the special session that opened Monday. ...