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State Senate to pass GOP COVID package despite veto threat

Apr. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the state Senate were poised Wednesday to give final approval to set of bills that would wrest control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and hand it to the GOP. The state is in...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Apr. 14, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. April 9, 2021. Editorial: Transitioning away from fossil fuels means transitioning away from housing injustice In January, Mayor Jim Kenney announced Philadelphia’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Apr. 14, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ April 14 The Intelligencer on a remote worker program looking to bring new residents to the state: West Virginians are sometimes numb to the wonders that...

Mobile sports betting money tempts cash-strapped states

Apr. 14, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — States around the country are realizing what gamblers figured out long ago: The future of sports betting — and tax money to be made from it — is online. But they're also realizing that extra tax money isn't nearly enough to turn seas of...

Assembly OKs Republican COVID spending plan; Evers vows veto

Apr. 13, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans took another step Tuesday toward ripping control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, passing a package of bills that would divvy out the money according to GOP priorities. The state...

School funding suit prompts Delaware property reassessments

Apr. 13, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Officials in Delaware’s southernmost county have agreed to reassess property values for the first time in nearly half a century to settle a lawsuit over school funding and woefully outdated property assessments. The Sussex County Council voted...

House GOP spending plan includes 2% personal income tax cut

Apr. 13, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans would receive a 2% personal income tax cut and the state would fund schools in a more equitable fashion under the latest version of the state budget introduced Tuesday by House Republicans. The 2% cut would amount to $380 million in reduced...

Court rules Norman violated FOIA when approving budget

Apr. 13, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The city of Norman violated the state’s Open Meeting Act when it approved a budget that cut the police budget by $865,000, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court upheld a circuit judge's December ruling that a required notice for the...

Several contentious measures await Gov. Burgum's review

Apr. 12, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum will be faced with some politically tricky legislation once North Dakota lawmakers finish their work on several unsettled measures and budget bills as the Legislature enters its final weeks. Conference committees rule at the state...

Some Alaska victim rights agencies expect budget cuts

Apr. 12, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska agencies that work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are expecting large budgets cut that may go into effect when the fiscal year begins on July 1. Suzi Pearson, the director of Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, said...