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Members in the House of Representatives listen as Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston speaks during Organization Day at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, pool)

School funding issue persists as Indiana lawmakers reconvene

Nov. 28, 2020 10:04 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As state legislators gear up to craft the next two-year budget, school districts around Indiana continue to face funding uncertainties amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The turmoil that Indiana schools have faced from COVID-19 will be a top concern of legislators during their...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks during a news conference at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius, Lithuania. Morawiecki says on Friday, Nov. 27 he has confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Warsaw is ready to block the EU’s huge budget and recovery package because it’s linked to democratic standards in member states. Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that he spoke with Merkel, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency, about the 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget for 2021-2027 and the urgently needed coronavirus recovery package that is to be implemented in January.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, file)

Polish PM says he's told Merkel of plan to veto EU budget

Nov. 27, 2020 3:26 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Friday said he had confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Warsaw is ready to block the EU's huge budget and recovery package because it's linked to democratic standards in member states. Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that he spoke with...

Alme named new budget director with eye on identifying waste

Nov. 24, 2020 2:42 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte named Kurt Alme, the outgoing U.S. Attorney for Montana, as budget director for the state's first Republican administration in 16 years. “Montanans want to see Helena change the way it does business, and that begins with how Helena spends the...

Wyoming prepares to clear winter roads amid budget cuts

Nov. 23, 2020 7:25 PM EST

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation will do all it can to keep winter roads clear in the face of budget cuts implemented earlier this year, an official said. Transportation department spokesperson Cody Beers said the agency's top priority will be to keep school bus routes open, The...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves adjusts his

Analysis: Politics infuse Mississippi governor's budget plan

Nov. 22, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is using his state budget proposal to appeal to a conservative voting base. He's proposing a new $3 million “Patriotic Education Fund” because he says young people are being filled with ideas that undermine the belief in American greatness....

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Analysis: Edwards embraced veto pen for La. special session

Nov. 22, 2020 4:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards liberally used his veto pen for the majority-Republican Legislature's latest special session, striking down 15% of the measures that reached his desk in another indication of sharp disagreements over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic...

$11B budget package passes Pennsylvania Legislature

Nov. 20, 2020 9:03 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An $11 billion no-new-taxes spending package won passage in a lame-duck Friday night session in Pennsylvania's Legislature, as lawmakers sought to plug a multibillion-dollar deficit brought on by the pandemic and carry state government operations through the rest of the fiscal year....

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019  file photo, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman speaks at a news conference in the governor's Capitol reception room in Harrisburg, Pa. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana legalization and LGBTQ- and transgender-rights flags that Fetterman hangs from his second-floor outdoor balcony that overlooks the building's broad front steps. (AP Photo/Marc Levy, File)

Lieutenant gov's flags fly in the face of some PA lawmakers

Nov. 20, 2020 4:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman, may have gotten under somebody’s skin. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana...

State commissioner of administration Jay Dardenne wears a mask as he testifies before the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana virus aid programs run dry with requests pending

Nov. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will run out of federal coronavirus money before it pays out grants to all eligible small businesses and local government agencies seeking dollars from COVID-19 aid programs created by Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers. Officials running the programs told the joint...

Pennsylvania lawmakers begin advancing $11B budget package

Nov. 19, 2020 7:53 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state Legislature was set to begin voting Thursday on a roughly $11 billion no-new-taxes spending package to carry state government through the rest of the fiscal year and fill, for the moment, a multibillion-dollar deficit inflicted by the pandemic. The...