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House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, speaks about the legislative session with Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers call another COVID-19 special session

Sep. 21, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers announced Monday that they will convene a special session next week to address the near-bankruptcy of the state unemployment trust fund, to work on Hurricane Laura recovery and to try to scale back the governor's emergency powers in the latest battle over Gov....

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, tells lawmakers sequestered in adjacent committee rooms at the Capitol, that they have five minutes to cast a nay vote as lawmakers attempt to override a veto by Gov. Tate Reeves of the education budget bill, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The House voted 109-7 to override Reeves's veto of the education bill. In order to lessen the possible impact of COVID-19 on the legislators, most wore masks during their hours at the state building as well as socially distancing themselves in the chamber, in the gallery and in adjacent committee rooms in the Capitol. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Gunn: Mississippi legislators to return by early October

Sep. 21, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators will probably return to the Capitol before Oct. 5 to examine how the state is spending coronavirus relief money it received from the federal government, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday. Gunn said the House and Senate will evaluate “what...

DNR seeks 10-year stewardship renewal

Sep. 21, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials are asking Gov. Tony Evers to renew the agency's contentious land stewardship program for another decade and substantially increase its borrowing authority. The DNR uses stewardship funding to purchase land for the state and help...

SC Legislature 2-week special session ends with money talk

Sep. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The September special session of the South Carolina Legislature continues this week with more discussions about money. The House and Senate are expected to hash out differences on how to spend the $700 million in federal COVID-19 aid that has not already been allocated. Their...

University of Wyoming faces $42.3M budget cut over 2 years

Sep. 18, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is developing plans to address a $42.3 million budget cut over the next two years because state revenues are declining due the coronavirus pandemic and a downturn in the coal, oil and natural gas industries. The university's biennium budget committee chair and...

FILE- In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his 2021 budget address at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ.  Murphy says he and fellow Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to raise income taxes on millionaires, Thursday, Sept. 17,  while also giving about 800,000 families a $500 tax rebate.. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)

Murphy, lawmakers agree to tax rich, offer $500 rebates

Sep. 17, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents earning more than $1 million a year will face higher income taxes, and about 800,000 lower- and middle-income families will get a tax rebate of up to $500 under a deal Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders announced Thursday. Murphy, a Democrat, announced the...

Kansas Relays to be postponed from 2021 date due to COVID-19

Sep. 16, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Relays, one of the longest-running track and field events in the country, will be postponed in the spring as the University of Kansas tries to deal with a massive budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The school said in announcing its decision Wednesday that...

Senate Sergeant At Arms Chuck Williams, right, listens as the South Carolina Senate holds its session on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The Senate is meeting in a special session this week. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

SC House leader wants raises and bonuses, but not now

Sep. 16, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that money. Instead, House Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith...

The South Carolina House of Representatives, led by House Speaker Jay Lucas, gavels in to the start of a two-week-long special session, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The House debated legislation to expand voting access ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

South Carolina Senate OKs teacher raises, hazard pay

Sep. 15, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate passed changes Tuesday to the state budget that would provide a small raise to most teachers and a hazard pay bonus for some lower-paid state workers. Now attention turns to the House, where leaders may prefer not to change the $9 billion budget at all with...

Democrats decry slow spending of Indiana's federal virus aid

Sep. 15, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are still holding back on spending more than half of the $2.4 billion state government received in federal coronavirus relief funding. Democrats on the State Budget Committee questioned Tuesday why there wasn’t more urgency in spending the money on the...