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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Legislature sends bills on virus aid, $25B budget to Wolf

May. 28, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A piecemeal, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion budget headed to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk Thursday, as did legislation to distribute about $2.6 billion in emergency federal coronavirus aid to counties, nursing homes and wide range of other causes. Both won speedy approval in the...

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 28, 2020, on the Department of Veterans Affairs response to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

VA says it'll stop almost all use of unproven drug on vets

May. 28, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Thursday that his department has all but stopped use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19. At a House hearing, he defended initial use of hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients as justified “to give them...

Pennsylvania preps short-term budget amid virus uncertainty

May. 26, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government began advancing a temporary, no-new-taxes budget plan Tuesday that maintains current spending levels while budget makers watch to see how badly coronavirus-related shutdowns damage tax collections and whether the federal government sends another aid...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in coronavirus limbo

May. 24, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30...

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, answers questions about the budget on Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The House Appropriations Committee advanced a package of bills to close a $1 billion state budget gap, largely in line with plans recommended by Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Dispute erupts over virus aid for Louisiana local government

May. 21, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan for steering more than $800 million in congressional aid to local government agencies struggling with the coronavirus outbreak ran into roadblocks Thursday with House Republicans who want a say in how the dollars are spent. GOP lawmakers on the House...

Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee read through budget documents on Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The committee advanced a package of bills to close a $1 billion state budget gap, largely in line with plans recommended by Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

House GOP largely backing Louisiana governor's budget plan

May. 21, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House Republican leaders Thursday started advancing a budget plan that largely mirrors Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposal to use federal coronavirus aid to close a $1 billion gap caused by the pandemic without deeply slashing state services. The House Appropriations...

Creighton University furloughs 190 people, makes other cuts

May. 20, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University has furloughed 190 employees and made several other spending cuts because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Creighton officials said Wednesday they expect to have to cut at least $35 million from the university's budget to offset declining revenue from...

FILE - In a Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel in Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s income forecasting panel planned to quantify on Monday, May 11, 2020 just how deeply the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the state’s economy as officials begin to put together next year’s budget.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana governor, lawmakers at odds over surplus spending

May. 18, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House legislative leaders clashed Monday with Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to use Louisiana's $535 million budget surplus, as the state faces new budget pressures during the coronavirus outbreak. The Democratic governor proposed to spend a significant portion of the surplus on...

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)

Edwards' budget proposal uses federal aid to avoid deep cuts

May. 16, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposal to close a $1 billion budget gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic would avoid deep cuts to health care and education programs by relying on hundreds of millions in federal relief aid and a portion of the state's “rainy day” fund. The...

Officials: Hawaii rail project opening pushed back 3 months

May. 14, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The first segment of Honolulu's $9.2 billion rail line will not be operational until next March, three months later than previously forecast, officials said. Transportation Services Director Wes Frysztacki said the delay means only half of a requested $36 million appropriation for rail...