Latest National budgets News

Alaska House bill calls for full dividend, but with a catch

May. 22, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans would receive a full dividend from the state's oil-wealth fund this year under a bill introduced Wednesday in the House. But the full payout would come with a catch. The House Finance Committee bill also seeks changes to the dividend formula going forward, committee co-chair...

Budget deals start coming together ahead of special session

May. 22, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Deals were coming together Wednesday as Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders prepared for a special session to finish work on the state's next two-year budget, though their original goal of Thursday appeared out of reach. The Democratic governor, GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul...

Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

May. 22, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The...

Congressional leaders make progress on debt, spending talks

May. 21, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of both parties in Congress made progress Tuesday on two must-do items on the legislative agenda: averting automatic budget cuts and meeting a deadline later this year to increase the government's borrowing limit. But after a flurry of optimism at midday, a deal proved elusive...

After session ends in whimper, lawmakers await instructions

May. 21, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As veteran Sen. Tom Bakk put it, the 2019 regular session of the Minnesota Legislature ended with a whimper. It also ended without firm word on how lawmakers will bring their unfinished bills to completion to meet their leaders' goal of holding and completing a special session this...

The Latest: OT tentative after session ends in whimper

May. 21, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Minnesota Legislature (all times local): 3:30 p.m. As veteran Sen. Tom Bakk puts it, the 2019 regular session of the Minnesota ended with a whimper. It also ended with no firm word on how lawmakers will complete their unfinished bills to meet the goal of holding and...

'Medicare for All's' rich benefits 'leapfrog' other nations

May. 21, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Medicare for All" plan embraced by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what other advanced countries offer, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal. The plan from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would charge no copays or deductibles for medical...

Millennial Money: If 'budget' bums you out, try renaming it

May. 21, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

Webster's New World dictionary defines budget as: "a plan or schedule adjusting expenses during a certain period to the estimated or fixed income for that period." If that doesn't sound fun, I don't know what does. (I'm kidding. It sounds terrible.) By definition alone, budgeting sounds like a chore. So it's no...

Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in Beirut

May. 20, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces opened water cannons on Lebanese anti-austerity protesters in the country's capital on Monday, as the government continued to hold marathon meetings to discuss severe budget cuts. Lebanon faces a looming fiscal crisis as the economy struggles with soaring debt, rising...

Democrats, Republicans win some, lose some in budget deal

May. 19, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders reached a bipartisan budget deal Sunday in which the governor dropped his proposed gas tax increase but got to keep most of an expiring tax that helps fund health care programs, Republicans got an income tax cut for middle-class...