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Oklahoma ends year with $585.5 million budget shortfall

Jul. 2, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has ended the fiscal year with a $585.5 million budget shortfall amid an economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, state Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Thursday. The state collected just more than $13 billion during the 12 months that ended June 30, or 4.3% less than...

A crow sits on fencing erected around the Epsom Downs racecourse, in Epsom, England, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The Derby annual horse race will take place behind closed doors on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Latest: Oklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budget

Jul. 2, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Oklahoma athletics department has announced $13.7 million in budget cuts it blames on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, including a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1,000,000 per year. Athletic...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020, file photo, a demonstrator is taken into custody after the city's curfew went into effect in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating 56 allegations of misconduct during protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death. Of the 56 investigations, 28 involve alleged uses of force, the LAPD said Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in a statement. Seven officers have been taken out of the field. While most protests have been peaceful, there were violent clashes with police and businesses were vandalized. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

LAPD funding slashed by $150M, reducing number of officers

Jul. 2, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City leaders voted Wednesday to slash the Los Angeles Police Department budget by $150 million, reducing the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies during America's reckoning over police...

Street musician Cal Austermuhl performs on a street in downtown Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the same day Alaska residents began receiving their share of the state's oil wealth. Austermuhl says his $992 share was already spent on bills. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska oil checks smaller, but they help pay virus bills

Jul. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Downtown Anchorage street musician Cal Austermuhl had good reason to be singing the blues Wednesday, the same day the state of Alaska began distributing $992 checks that will be paid to nearly every resident. “Mine’s already spent,” he said of his share of the...

Nevada sets tentative date for special session July 8

Jul. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A special session of the state Legislature has been tentatively scheduled for July 8, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday. State lawmakers will return to address budget issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent business closures. The state funds a large...

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances approved on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, a new budget that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

Puerto Rico board approves $10B budget as resignations loom

Jul. 1, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico awoke to a new budget approved early Wednesday that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. A federal control board that oversees Puerto...

Court invalidates governor's transportation budget vetoes

Jul. 1, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee overstepped his authority with a series of one-sentence vetoes in last year’s transportation budget. The Herald of Everett reported Tuesday that the decision — a win for the Democratic-led Legislature that filed suit...

DeSantis signs dozens of bills before deadline

Jul. 1, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis grabbed a lot of attention this week by approving the state budget, creating new restrictions on girls seeking abortions, signing environmental legislation and new requirements for employers to use E-verify to confirm new hires are eligible to work in the...

Pennsylvania finishes year $3B behind because of pandemic

Jul. 1, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government finished its fiscal year about 9% short of its initial revenue estimate, a result of the state’s coronavirus-related shutdowns and delayed tax-filing deadlines, the Department of Revenue said Wednesday. The state collected $32.3 billion for the 12...

Leahy: 1,111 set for furlough at Vermont immigration center

Jul. 1, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy said Wednesday looming furloughs at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services center in St. Albans would idle 1,111 workers on Aug. 3. Speaking on the floor of the Senate in Washington, Leahy said the Vermont furloughs would be part of...