Latest Appropriations News

Inhofe: Oklahoma military bases poised to grow in 2022

Jul. 22, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — All five of Oklahoma's military installations will remain viable and are poised to grow under the latest annual federal defense appropriation bill, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe's office said Thursday. Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services...

Federal money slated to monitor sediment in Cowlitz River

Jul. 22, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Cowlitz River sediment monitoring survey will be federally funded again this year, putting the project back on track after years when the federal government did not allocate the needed money. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 21, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 16, 2021. Editorial: The Legislature abused Floridians’ approval of medical marijuana. Now, the courts are too Whether medical marijuana is wise or necessary is not for Florida’s courts to say. The people of our...

Long-serving California Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis dies

Jul. 15, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Former Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, who became a hero in his community for steering hundreds of millions of federal dollars to projects in his inland Southern California district, but was criticized as an exemplar of pork-barrel spending abuses, has died. He was 86. ...

State paid $1.5M to show logo during Virgin Galactic flight

Jul. 14, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico spent $1.5 million to advertise the state during the Virgin Galactic space launch Sunday. The state paid the money to display New Mexico's logo on video of the flight, KOB-TV reported. The flight saw Virgin...

Sununu signs into law broadband matching grants, fund

Jul. 13, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday signed a bill establishing a broadband matching grant initiative and fund for New Hampshire. It will be funded with state appropriations, gifts, grants, donations, and available federal funds. Grants will be awarded to...

Democrats push $3.7B bill to secure Capitol; GOP offers less

Jul. 12, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing $3.7 billion in emergency spending to bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the Jan. 6 insurrection and help the federal government defray costs from the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation met immediate opposition from...

Georgia tax revenue leaps more than $3B over last year

Jul. 12, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's state tax receipts jumped by more than $3 billion in the budget year ended June 30, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday, setting up an election-year session in which lawmakers will have many options for new spending or tax cuts. Georgia collected...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jul. 12, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. July 11, 2021. Editorial: Another snub by lawmakers, another increase in tuition at Iowa’s public universities Iowa’s three public universities have two major sources of revenue: state appropriations and tuition. ...

Maine eyes creation of hunger-fighting tax checkoff program

Jul. 11, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine might create a new checkoff program to help fight hunger in the state. Democratic Rep. Mo Terry proposed the creation of a voluntary checkoff box for hunger prevention on Maine income tax forms. The checkoff boxes allow taxpayers to...