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$15-a-month internet law on hold in New York, judge rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York cannot require internet providers to offer broadband service for low-income customers for as little as $15-a-month starting next week, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in...

NY lawmakers wrap up 2021 work, but could return

Jun. 11, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session this week, but legislative leaders said they may return. The state Assembly continued its work into the early morning hours of Friday, ending a legislative session marked by the...

House agrees with Senate on spending portion of NH budget

Jun. 11, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — House budget negotiators quickly acceded to the Senate on the spending portion of the state’s two-year budget Friday, though debate is expected to increase next week when they get to the accompanying policy proposals. Compared to the House-passed...

California debates public health spending as virus recedes

Jun. 11, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend the state's extraordinary budget surplus on correcting the most widespread financial impacts of the pandemic, pledging to give $600 payments to most taxpaying adults while committing to pay off all of their outstanding...

Kentucky revenue collections continue surging in May

Jun. 11, 2021 04:57 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's revenue collections in May continued to far outpace last year's pandemic-battered performance, Gov. Andy Beshear's administration said. General Fund receipts last month rose nearly 57% — or nearly $443 million — above the amount...

Whitmer seeks $250M for parks; Senate has $1.5B bridge plan

Jun. 10, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday called for spending a “historic” $250 million in federal coronavirus relief aid to upgrade state parks and trails, a day after Senate Republicans announced a $1.5 billion plan to fix deteriorating local bridges across Michigan. ...

Louisiana session ends in flurry of tax and financial votes

Jun. 10, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers Thursday completed a nine-week legislative session where they spent hefty sums of coronavirus recovery money, worked to overhaul the state's tax structure and found themselves battling over social issues that nearly derailed the financial debates....

Governor tours Arizona fires, calls for special session

Jun. 10, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday called a special session of the state Legislature to boost wildfire funding as two large wildfires continue to burn in south-central Arizona. The Republican governor wants the Legislature to approve extra money to...

Democrats move to cover recall costs, speed up election date

Jun. 10, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic leaders in the California Legislature announced Thursday the state would cover the estimated $215 million cost to stage an expected recall election that could oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, potentially allowing the contest to be held at an...

Republicans vote to extend land stewardship program 4 years

Jun. 10, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee on Thursday voted to extend Wisconsin's contentious land stewardship program for four years, rather than another decade as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wanted. The Joint Finance Committee also...