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Michigan tax revenues are $2.1B above earlier projections

Jan. 15, 2021 4:47 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Projected tax revenues in Michigan's two major accounts will be $2.1 billion higher than previously anticipated over two years, driven by increased federal unemployment benefits and consumers' online purchases in the coronavirus pandemic. Economists in the Legislature and Gov....

Ducey plans big tax cuts, make-up summer school classes

Jan. 15, 2021 4:06 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing the largest tax cut in his seven years for the coming budget year while using savings from a pandemic-induced drop in school enrollment to pay for summertime make-up classes for K-12 students who have fallen behind because of virtual learning. The $12.6...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during an event at The Queen theater, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Biden's aid plan could revamp economy, prompt GOP resistance

Jan. 15, 2021 3:41 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The $1.9 trillion rescue plan unveiled by President-elect Joe Biden offers the chance to sculpt the U.S. economy toward the Democrats’ liking: a $15 minimum wage, aid to poor families and federal dollars going to public schools. It’s an ambitious effort that would arrive...

Maryland Senate overrides some of governor's vetoes

Jan. 15, 2021 3:33 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate voted Friday to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a measure to fund a first-in-the-nation state board that focuses on making high-cost prescription drugs more affordable. It was among more than a dozen veto overrides approved by the Senate in the first week of...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during an event at The Queen theater, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Biden picks familiar faces for top roles at FEMA, CIA

Jan. 15, 2021 7:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is nominating New York emergency department commissioner Deanne Criswell to serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator and has tapped former CIA deputy director David Cohen to return to the agency in the same role he served during the Obama...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty fist bump lawmakers as they leave the House Chamber after Kemp delivered his State of the State address Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp seeks to restore more than half of Georgia school cuts

Jan. 14, 2021 4:03 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp want to restore more than half of Georgia's cuts to K-12 education made last year, on top of the $1,000 bonuses he wants to pay to teachers from federal money. With tax collections running substantially ahead of what was predicted last spring, the Republican Kemp on Thursday...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp deliveries his State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, left, and House Speaker David Ralston look on in the House Chambers Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Governor says Georgia 'battered, is not broken' by pandemic

Jan. 14, 2021 3:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made a lengthy defense of his record fighting the COVID-19 pandemic while highlighting a strong economy and promising $1,000 bonuses for teachers and more money for education Thursday in his State of State address. Kemp's speech, made at the halfway mark of his four...

Bill would allow towns, cities to push back annual meetings

Jan. 14, 2021 12:41 PM EST

The Vermont Legislature is working on a bill to allow municipalities to move the date of their annual March town meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic. The House passed the measure, which is now in the Senate, the Times Argus reported. Town meeting will likely be a month later in the towns of Marshfield and...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address

Jan. 14, 2021 12:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Here is the text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address as prepared Thursday: Lieutenant Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, Chief Justice Melton, Chief Judge McFadden, and my fellow Georgians: In my first State of the...

Kentucky lawmakers set stage for budget negotiations

Jan. 14, 2021 4:09 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have wrapped up procedural votes, setting the stage for negotiations on crafting a new state budget. Key lawmakers were assigned Wednesday to conference committees. They'll work in coming weeks on devising budget plans for state government. The legislature will...