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Two tax increase measures may be on November Arizona ballot

Jan. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters may have the opportunity to choose between competing tax increase measures to boost school funding in November. A proposal backed by some Republican lawmakers to boost a dedicated sales tax from 6/10 of a cent to a full penny is set for its first hearing Tuesday. If the full...

Kentucky governor to unveil his budget plan to lawmakers

Jan. 28, 2020 4:17 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear presents his budget plan to state lawmakers in a highly anticipated speech Tuesday night, culminating weeks of work since his election. The Democratic governor has said his spending blueprint for the next two years will reflect his values. Support for public...

Many attendees of a rally at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, carried signs that protested conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. They called upon the administration to specifically close the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, where a number of deaths have occurred. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor: Close part of notorious state prison

Jan. 27, 2020 7:38 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will take steps to close part of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and beset by longstanding problems such as broken toilets and moldy showers, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday in his first State of the State address. At least 12 inmates have died in...

Virginia teachers rally, push for more education funding

Jan. 27, 2020 4:19 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of Virginia teachers rallied at the state Capitol on Monday to call on lawmakers to increase state funding for public education and repeal a prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees. “It is past time for this c ommonwealth to live up to its obligation...

Gov. Tate Reeves delivers his address after being sworn into office Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in the House chamber at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Because of rain, the inauguration ceremony was moved inside and the parade was canceled. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor signs law to cover gap in teacher pay

Jan. 25, 2020 10:40 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has signed his first bill into law: a measure to ensure that teachers receive the full pay raise they were promised this school year. The $1,500 raise was approved during the 2019 legislative session, but officials later discovered a bureaucratic error....

Lawmakers question teacher raise as state cuts other budgets

Jan. 23, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers who write Georgia's budget are questioning Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to grant teacher pay raises while cutting other spending. Both Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Hill and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England said Thursday that more than $200...

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, speaks with reporters Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in the Senate chamber of the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Tougher penalties for Indiana stores caught selling smoking or vaping products to anyone younger than 21 are on their way to becoming law, as the Indiana Senate voted 38-9 Thursday in favor of a proposal that would triple possible retailer fines to between $600 and $3,000 based on number of violations in a six-month period. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Spending plan goes to Indiana governor without teacher money

Jan. 23, 2020 6:34 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A plan to spend an unexpected jump in state tax revenue on college campus construction projects is on its way to Indiana's governor without any of the Democratic proposals to use some of that money to boost teacher pay. The Indiana Senate voted 38-8 mostly along party lines Thursday to...

NC teachers want info before responding to pay impasse

Jan. 23, 2020 2:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's chief lobbying group for teachers is seeking additional input from members before determining a response to the extended state budget stalemate, with a walkout among potential options, the group's president said Thursday. A caucus within the North Carolina...

Text of South Carolina governor's State of the State address

Jan. 22, 2020 7:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The text of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's 2020 State of the State address as prepared. ___ Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, my fellow South Carolinians: I begin tonight by recognizing those South Carolinians in...

In push for efficiency, Georgia agencies brace for cuts

Jan. 22, 2020 4:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Proposed budget cuts in Georgia could mean fewer state troopers on the road, fewer lawyers defending poor people and fewer probation officers. That's what state agency heads told lawmakers Wednesday as budget hearings continued. Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed overall increases to the state...