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Many progressives grudgingly accepting smaller economic plan

Oct. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many progressives have started lining up behind an emerging social and environment bill that's neither as big nor bold as they wanted, constrained by an outnumbered but potent band of party moderates who've commanded disproportionate clout and curbed the measure's...

Gov. candidate Herbster backed by Trump, but not Ricketts

Oct. 27, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has split with former President Donald Trump over which Republican candidate should become governor after Ricketts leaves office. Trump on Monday endorsed Falls City businessman Charles Herbster, a close political ally....

Shapiro breaks with Wolf over strategy on climate change

Oct. 27, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Josh Shapiro, the Democratic candidate for governor, is breaking with Gov. Tom Wolf on the centerpiece of Wolf’s plan to fight climate change amid the strong and sustained pushback it has received from building trades unions that have long backed the party's...

Michigan Legislature OKs school accounts destined for veto

Oct. 27, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers took final votes on veto-destined bills early Wednesday that would let Michigan students attend private schools and pay other educational expenses with scholarship accounts funded by people and corporations that would get tax credits for their...

Democrats unveil billionaires' tax as Biden plan takes shape

Oct. 27, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing past skeptics, Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a new billionaires’ tax proposal, an entirely new entry in the tax code designed to help pay for President Joe Biden’s sweeping domestic policy package and edge his party closer to an overall agreement. ...

EXPLAINER: What's a 'wealth tax' and how would it work?

Oct. 27, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

To help pay for his big economic and social agenda, President Joe Biden is looking to go where the big money is: billionaires. Biden never endorsed an outright “wealth tax” when he campaigned for the White House last year. But his more conventional proposed rate...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 27, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Oct. 25, 2021. Editorial: Learning from W.Va. neonatal drug rules According to a recent Post-Gazette investigation, roughly 1 in 10 babies born to mothers from the rural southwest corner of Pennsylvania is exposed to drugs...

UK Treasury chief hails economic rebound from pandemic

Oct. 27, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is painting a relatively rosy picture of the state of the British economy following the country's deepest recession in around 300 years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In his annual budget speech to Parliament,...

Council of Europe: Government in Cyprus 'too centralized'

Oct. 27, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus remains a “very centralized country” where local authorities are too dependent on state hand-outs and where laws don’t ensure adequate financing to provide municipal services, a new report from Europe's leading human rights organization said Wednesday. ...

Portuguese govt faces budget vote defeat; election likely

Oct. 27, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament was poised to reject Wednesday the minority Socialist government’s proposed state budget for 2022, a move that would likely trigger a snap election and put a brake on the country’s post-pandemic recovery plans. The...