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Virginia House and Senate pass competing state budgets, both diverge from Youngkin's vision

Feb. 22, 2024 18:05 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Virginia Senate and House of Delegates on Thursday each passed their own proposed version of the next two-year state budget, documents lawmakers will start to work from to fashion a compromise spending plan to send to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin....

West Virginia House OKs bill to phase out Social Security tax

Feb. 22, 2024 14:40 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Republican-led House of Delegates approved a bill Thursday that would cut and gradually phase out the state income tax on Social Security benefits. Eliminating the tax is a key priority for GOP Gov. Jim Justice, who announced it as part of...

Illinois governor's proposed $53B budget includes funds for migrants, quantum computing and schools

Feb. 21, 2024 16:10 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pitched a $52.7 billion state spending plan Wednesday with more money to address the migrant crisis, education and quantum computing, while proposing tax increases that will mostly target business, including a major sports betting tax hike. ...

Republican dissenters sink a GOP 'flat' tax plan in Kansas by upholding the governor's veto

Feb. 20, 2024 18:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican plan to cut taxes in Kansas died Tuesday in the GOP-controlled Legislature when enough members concluded that it would favor wealthy taxpayers too much and upheld the Democratic governor's veto. The vote in the state House was 81-42, leaving GOP...

Legislature and New Mexico governor meet halfway on gun control and housing, but paid leave falters

Feb. 15, 2024 22:25 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature delivered on a handful of the governor's major priorities in her calls for public safety reforms, gun control, housing construction and the use of incentives to forge new solutions to climate change as lawmakers adjourned their 30-day...

Four-term New Hampshire governor delivers his final state-of-the-state speech

Feb. 15, 2024 16:12 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu delivered his final state-of-the-state address Thursday, urging lawmakers to continue on the path of fiscal prudence and limited government that he said has made New Hampshire “a beacon of success.” “Continued success is not...

New Mexico legislators seek cleaner transportation fuels, would follow West Coast's lead

Feb. 14, 2024 10:14 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Legislature has approved a bill aimed at reducing climate-warming pollution from cars and trucks through financial incentives to reward businesses that produce cleaner fuels. The Senate voted 26-15 Tuesday, on a party-line vote with Republicans in...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Feb. 14, 2024 07:31 AM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. February 10, 2024. Editorial: Set modest goals for legislative session After four years of major policy changes — and big spending — here’s hoping for a return to normalcy in even-year work at the State Capitol. After...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 14, 2024 07:22 AM EST

Altoona Mirror. February 10, 2024. Editorial: Anticipating NTSB report on East Palestine The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the February 2023 Norfolk Southern train derailment at East Palestine, Ohio, near that state’s border with...

Wisconsin Assembly passes a $2 billion tax cut package. But will Evers sign it?

Feb. 13, 2024 19:34 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans moved closer Tuesday to passing their third attempt at a major tax cut this session, pushing a package of cuts through the Assembly and on to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu supports the $2 billion plan, but it's unclear...