Latest Appropriations News

University to receive $11 million for cold weather research

Sep. 16, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been awarded an $11 million federal grant to develop better material and manufacturing technology to withstand cold weather. South Dakota Mines will partner with the U.S. Army Corps of...

State Senate appropriations chair injured in Colorado wreck

Sep. 09, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A prominent Pennsylvania state senator was in a motorcycle wreck more than a week ago and is recovering, his office said Thursday. Republican Sen. Pat Browne was in Colorado, on his way to participate in a train photography event, when the crash...

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

Sep. 08, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expansion of nonmerit scholarships to college and greater spending to safeguard abandoned oil wells in New Mexico are among the governor's new spending priorities, amid a windfall in state income linked to federal pandemic relief and petroleum production. ...

Biden seeking additional funds for Ida relief and Afghans

Sep. 07, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

The White House is asking Congress to approve an additional $24 billion in spending to handle the costs of Hurricane Ida and other natural disasters, as well as $6.4 billion for the resettlement of evacuees from Afghanistan to help with transportation, government processing and public health...

North Dakota agencies submit proposals for federal COVID aid

Sep. 03, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has $1 billion of federal coronavirus aid in the bank, and state agencies have proposals totaling almost five times that amount on how to spend it. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum asked the agencies for the proposals as a way to set...

Regents look to state colleges to retool diversity centers

Aug. 19, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Regents says nothing but mandating curriculum is off the table when it comes to retooling diversity centers at state colleges. The regents' general counsel, Nathan Lukkes, addressed questions from the Legislature's Joint...

Group releases recommendations for Alaska fiscal policy

Aug. 16, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A comprehensive fiscal policy for Alaska "must be negotiated and agreed to as whole” and not taken up piecemeal, according to a report from a legislative working group that was charged with making recommendations for the special session that opened Monday. ...

Israel condemns Poland restitution law, recalls top diplomat

Aug. 15, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israel on Saturday condemned Poland’s approval of a law that restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors or their descendants to reclaim property seized by the country’s former communist regime and announced it was recalling its top diplomat in protest. ...

Oil check is a sticking point for Alaska special session

Aug. 13, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The great guessing game heading into fall used to center on how big a check Alaska residents would get from the state’s oil wealth fund. This year, it's at zero due to legislative disputes that remain unresolved ahead of a third special session this year. ...

Virginia lawmakers strike deal on spending COVID-19 funds

Aug. 06, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers tasked with reconciling House and Senate spending plans for $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief money reached an agreement Friday on a proposal that would preserve most of a plan crafted by Democrats but would also include some changes proposed...