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Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 11, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Georgia's Kemp seeks tax breaks, rebutting Abrams on economy

Aug. 11, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp unfurled the first major policy proposals of his reelection bid Thursday, pledging to spend $2 billion on another state income tax rebate and revival of a long-dormant state property tax break while contending with Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams...

Long-delayed Indiana tax rebate checks will be larger

Aug. 10, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 1.7 million tax rebate checks from Indiana’s big state budget surplus that have been delayed for months will be larger when they finally start hitting mailboxes. State lawmakers last week approved a second round of rebates amounting to $200 per taxpayer,...

Abrams seeks to invest to build inclusive economy in Georgia

Aug. 09, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams argued in a speech Tuesday that it's time for Georgia to use its budget surplus to invest in its residents, accusing Gov. Brian Kemp and other Republicans of hurting the state by prioritizing low taxes and low spending. ...

California's Newsom wants to accelerate key climate goals

Aug. 09, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to speed up the state's transition to non-carbon electricity sources and accelerate its timeline for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Those are among the proposals the Democratic governor has delivered to lawmakers as...

Congressman and Louisiana House member Buddy Leach dies

Aug. 07, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Anthony Claude “Buddy” Leach Jr., who spent a term in the U.S. House and ran the budget committee in the Louisiana House before leading the state Democratic party, has died. He was 88. Leach died Saturday, according to a statement by Louisiana Gov. John...

North Carolina school principals could face pay cuts

Aug. 06, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina principals are worried they could lose pay in the upcoming school year instead of the raises they’re supposed to be receiving in the new state budget. State lawmakers approved a budget in July that includes a 4% raise in the salary...

Essential Connecticut workers can apply for $1000 'hero' pay

Aug. 05, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Up to $1,000 in pandemic pay is available for eligible, private-sector essential workers in Connecticut who were employed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a new website for applications up and running on Friday. Workers must have earned...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Aug. 05, 2022 02:45 AM EDT

The Advocate. August 1, 2022. Editorial: Baby steps won’t get Louisiana’s needy children into life’s fast lanes With a state budget flush with new revenues signed into law, advocates for improved child care — a bipartisan coalition of conservatives and...

Plans detailed for NYC bus terminal's $10 billion makeover

Aug. 04, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's iconic bus terminal, often held up as a forlorn reminder of the seedier elements of the city's past, could be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility by 2031 under plans detailed Thursday. It could cost as much as $10 billion to overhaul the...