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DC schools to get additional $20M this academic year

Oct. 15, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public and charter schools in Washington, D.C., are set to get at least $20 million more in funding this academic year. The Washington Post reports the funding increase comes after the public school system struggled with a $25 million deficit in the fiscal year that ended last month....

Honolulu weighs new bed-and-breakfast property tax category

Oct. 12, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A bill being considered in Honolulu would create a new property tax category for homeowners operating bed-and-breakfast establishments. The Honolulu City Council approved the first reading of the bill Wednesday, The Star-Advertiser reported . If passed, the bill could be in effect by July...

Pine Bluff council moves revitalization funds to city budget

Oct. 9, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Officials in an economically struggling Arkansas city are redirecting tax money meant for a revitalization plan to instead bolster city budgets. Pine Bluff residents passed a sales tax in 2017 that was projected to generate almost $32 million in seven years. The City Council voted...

Hawaii Police Department preparing to use body cameras

Oct. 8, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Police Department plans to have officers outfitted with body cameras early next year, officials said. Police Chief Paul Ferreira said nearly $400,000 has been allocated in the 2019-2020 Hawaii County budget for a body-worn camera program, West Hawaii Today reported...

New Hampshire passes budget, this time with governor's OK

Sep. 25, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers passed a two-year, nearly $13 billion compromise state budget Wednesday, ending three months of impasse after Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed their first effort. The House and Senate votes to pass the budget came just five days before a temporary spending...

Bismarck approves $233M city budget; property taxes to rise

Sep. 25, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Bismarck City Commission has approved a $233 million budget for 2020 that will raise property taxes to help fund seven new city positions and give workers a 3.5% raise. The Bismarck Tribune reports the vote was 3-2 on Tuesday. City Administrator Keith Henke says the 2020 budget is...

Seattle mayor unveils $6.5 billion total budget proposal

Sep. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's budget would surpass $6 billion for the first time next year under a plan unveiled by Mayor Jenny Durkan, who pitched investments in transit, education and housing during a speech at Franklin High School. The Seattle Times reports that Durkan's budget proposal - released Monday -...

Alcorn County increases money for volunteer fire departments

Sep. 22, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A county in northeastern Mississippi is increasing its financial support of volunteer fire departments. The Daily Corinthian reports that supervisors have adopted an Alcorn County budget for the year that begins Oct. 1. It keeps tax rates the same. Chancery Clerk Greg Younger says the...

Alaska fishing town cut off as budget cuts end ferry service

Sep. 18, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A coastal Alaska fishing town will soon be cut off from vehicles with the closure of its ferry service because of state budget cuts, officials said. The Alaska Marine Highway System will temporarily end service to Cordova following funding cuts by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy,...

Sound Transit beefed up light rail security before shooting

Sep. 17, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Before last weekend's deadly shooting at a Seattle light rail station leaders at Sound Transit were concerned about maintaining a sense of safety for the 80,000 daily light-rail passengers. The Seattle Times reports the agency boosted the security budget nearly 37 % this year to $34.4...