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Audit: NC town ex-finance officer had questionable expenses

Oct. 20, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The now-former finance head of a small southeastern North Carolina town spent more than $11,000 in town funds on her home utility bills and other questionable items, according to a state audit released Wednesday. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 20, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Voters should pick Democrat Sharief in U.S. 20 primary to succeed Hastings Democratic Primary: Barbara Sharief The voters in Florida’s 20th congressional district can take solace in...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 18, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Sandusky Register. Oct. 16, 2021. Editorial: State quiet in death investigation We’re concerned with the state prison department’s sense of obligation. A Sandusky man who was sentenced to serve 2½ years in prison in 2018 died...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 12, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. October 8, 2021. Editorial: Preckwinkle’s Cook County budget is balanced and smart. Other Illinois politicians should take notes. Illinois has a long history of leaders guilty of fiscal irresponsibility. Cook County Board President...

Census means less state money for 35 South Carolina counties

Oct. 10, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The 2020 U.S. Census numbers mean less state funding for 35 of South Carolina's 46 counties. The Local Government Fund provides money to counties based off their share of the state population. South Carolina grew 10.7% from 2010 to 2020, so only...

Missouri lawmaker demands explanation for stalled program

Oct. 08, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is demanding to know why a program that would pay parents of disabled children to care for them at home hasn't yet started. Sen. Brian Williams, a University City Democrat, wrote to Budget Director Dan Haug on Thursday,...

Judge: Kansas City's plan to divert police funds was illegal

Oct. 05, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge ruled Tuesday that Kansas City officials violated state law when they moved toward shifting 18% of the police department's budget into community services. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Campbell sided with a...

Minnesota communities get more time to claim federal aid

Oct. 04, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota on Monday gave local governments a little more time to claim federal COVID-19 relief money to which they're already entitled. Eligible cities and townships now have through Oct. 11 to apply for American Rescue Plan aid to help their...

New Hampshire cuts tax on rooms, meals to 8.5%

Oct. 03, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dining and staying overnight in New Hampshire just got a little bit less expensive. Starting Friday, the state's tax on rooms and meals was reduced from 9% to 8.5%. That means someone buying a $24 restaurant meal would pay 12 cents less. ...

Health agencies rescind mask orders despite governor's vow

Sep. 30, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two more local health department in Michigan rescinded their school masking requirement Thursday despite Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer saying she will not enforce Republican-written budget provisions that threaten funding for counties with COVID-19 orders. ...