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Legislative panel suggests following earnings draw limit

Jan. 22, 2020 11:58 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A legislative panel has failed to reach an agreement on potential changes to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, leaving lawmakers with little guidance on a path forward on the thorny subject. The state has struggled to address a long-running deficit. It has drawn down savings...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 19 The Augusta Chronicle on the Lt. Governor's picks for a new technology innovation task force: This month, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced 12 Georgia leaders who have agreed to serve on his new Georgia Innovates Taskforce. Its members have been asked to...

Gov. Baker prepares to release proposed state budget plan

Jan. 22, 2020 10:08 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to release his state budget proposal for the new fiscal year a day after delivering his annual State of the Commonwealth address. The spending plan to be unveiled Wednesday marks the start of budget negotiations at the Massachusetts Statehouse for the 2021...

Budget fallout leads to Alaska Senate committee shakeup

Jan. 21, 2020 11:31 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first day of the legislative session Tuesday featured fallout from a budget vote last year, as the Alaska Senate shook up its committees and some conservative members cried foul. Senate President Cathy Giessel said the changes were discussed during an hours-long caucus meeting...

Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the State address at the Capitol in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine gov: State rising above partisanship in rancorous era

Jan. 21, 2020 10:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. Gov. Janet Mills themed her address “We are not Washington; we...

Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, right, an independent from Dillingham, shares a laugh with House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, left, before the start of the 2020 legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska Legislature convenes with familiar issues to face

Jan. 21, 2020 9:23 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers began a new legislative session Tuesday in which they'll resume debates that have dominated recent sessions amid middling oil prices, including the size of the check to pay residents from the state's oil-wealth fund. Some lawmakers are hopeful agreement can be reached...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, in Albany, N.Y.  Cuomo faces a Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 deadline to release a budget proposal expected to address a looming $6 billion deficit fueled by soaring Medicaid costs. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Cuomo budget proposal calls for Medicaid savings, pot sales

Jan. 21, 2020 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation's largest Medicaid program. The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in spending from the...

Vermont GOP Gov. Scott lays out $6.3B spending plan

Jan. 21, 2020 5:10 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott presented the Democratic-controlled Legislature on Tuesday a $6.3 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year, a 2% increase over the current year. During his speech Tuesday to a joint session of the Legislature at the Statehouse, Scott said his...

Governor announces $27M federal preschool development grant

Jan. 21, 2020 4:57 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been awarded a three-year, $27 million federal grant to develop its preschool programs, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday. The money will support statewide children's development and education initiatives through 2022, as part of the Administration for Children and...