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Pelosi drug bill up for House vote reflects a Trump idea

Dec. 12, 2019 12:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidate Donald Trump said he could save Medicare billions by negotiating prescription drug prices. Thursday the House will vote on a bill by Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would deliver that and much more. But Trump is not on board. The California Democrat's legislation is expected to pass...

Governor outlines Alaska budget that would rely on savings

Dec. 11, 2019 9:22 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed a state budget Wednesday that would rely heavily on savings, after a push for deep cuts during his first year in office resulted in fierce public backlash that fueled a recall effort. The new proposal leaves room for discussion on what services...

Council OKs creating regional homelessness authority

Dec. 11, 2019 7:16 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Metropolitan King County Council in Seattle voted Wednesday to create a regional homelessness authority. The Seattle Times reports the plan will next go to the Seattle City Council for a vote, where council members may make changes. The plan would combine King County and Seattle...

Massachusetts lawmakers face deadline on surplus budget deal

Dec. 11, 2019 7:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to quickly come up with a spending plan for $1 billion in surplus tax revenue. State Comptroller Andrew Maylor had threatened to transfer the entire $1 billion into the state's rainy day fund if Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House...

ICE arrested fewer in 2019 as resources shifted to border

Dec. 11, 2019 5:53 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested fewer people during the 2019 budget year than last year, in part because resources were shifted to help handle the massive surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency said Wednesday. And the average number of immigrants in...

Mississippi budget plan: Spend slightly less in coming year

Dec. 11, 2019 3:48 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Amid lagging teacher salaries and unsafe bridges, Mississippi legislative leaders are recommending that the state spend slightly less money on state government services during the coming fiscal year. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee met Wednesday and adopted a broad...

US budget deficit rises to $209 billion in November

Dec. 11, 2019 2:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit rose by 2% last month to $209 billion, another step in a journey back toward $1 trillion-a-year budget shortfalls. The Treasury Department reported Wednesday that the federal government took in $225 billion in tax and other revenue but spent a record $434 billion...

House leaders racing the clock on government spending bill

Dec. 11, 2019 1:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican issued a downbeat assessment of talks on a government spending bill Wednesday, warning that it will require a “laser focus from both parties and both chambers" to meet next week's deadline and avert a federal shutdown. Across the Capitol, House Speaker...

Report: NC still short offering all "sound basic education"

Dec. 10, 2019 9:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has made little progress providing every child “an opportunity to receive a sound basic education"since the state Supreme Court declared the constitutional mandate in 1997, according to a report released Tuesday addressing public education shortfalls and student...

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public...