Latest Appropriations News

Former Mississippi lawmaker named to new state courts role

May. 14, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Greg Snowden, the former House speaker pro tempore and a 20-year veteran of the Mississippi Legislature, has been named the next director of the Administrative Office of Courts. Snowden, 67, of Meridian, has been a practicing attorney in...

Oklahoma governor, lawmakers reach deal on $8.3B budget

May. 13, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican legislative leaders on Thursday announced an agreement on an $8.3 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that includes cuts to the corporate and top individual income tax rates. Under the deal,...

Decades later, California's 'Gann limit' back in spotlight

May. 10, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If California Gov. Gavin Newsom avoids getting recalled from office later this year, he could owe a debt of gratitude to a conservative Republican political activist from the 1970s and 1980s. It was Paul Gann who led the 1979 campaign that...

Mississippi receiving virus relief money spread over 2 years

May. 10, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are not in session now, so it could be months before they start deciding how to spend $1.8 billion in the latest round of pandemic relief from the federal government. Mississippi will receive part of the money this year and...

Louisiana House GOP leaders unveil their budget proposal

May. 03, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House lawmakers Monday released their multibillion-dollar spending plans for next year, advancing budget bills that would start earmarking the latest federal coronavirus aid, give teachers a pay raise and spend millions on local pet projects. ...

Panel OKs initial funding for National Guard border mission

May. 01, 2021 02:48 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The State Emergency Council has voted to allocate approximately $2.5 million to help pay for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's deployment of 250 National Guard personnel to free up law enforcement officers in border towns along the Arizona-Mexico border. Ducey's...

Legislature bristles at governor's vetoes of pandemic aid

Apr. 30, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State legislators bristled on Friday at vetoes by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that block legislative authority over new federal pandemic aid, and said they may seek a court ruling to defend Legislature's authority over that spending. ...

Massachusetts high school to retire Tomahawks mascot

Apr. 30, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

NORTHBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school has announced plans to retire its Tomahawks mascot. The Northboro-Southboro Regional School Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to accept the recommendation of a previously formed study group to retire the...

Idaho facing potential government shutdown starting in June

Apr. 30, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers hesitant to leave the governor in charge of pandemic decisions after the legislative session are delaying their adjournment, a move that analysists say could cause a government shutdown by threatening the start date of some 200 pieces of legislation. ...

Lawmakers unhappy about tolls reminded of law they passed

Apr. 29, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers unhappy that Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is considering tolling nine major bridges were warned about that prospect when they passed legislation in 2012 delegating approval to appointees of the governor and top lawmakers, they were told...