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California governor faces deadline to act on budget

Jun. 27, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has until midnight Thursday to act on the state's nearly $215 billion operating budget. This is Newsom's first budget since he took office in January. It includes a $21.5 billion surplus, the largest in at least two decades following years of budget...

GOP's final budget gets initial approval from legislature

Jun. 26, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators gave preliminary approval on Wednesday to a final budget agreement hashed out between Republican leaders that failed to include the top-tier negotiating appeals from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The House and Senate voted separately Wednesday to approve a...

Chaos erupts in Pennsylvania Senate over welfare bill

Jun. 26, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Senate devolved into partisan shouting, name-calling and bare-knuckled procedural tactics Wednesday over a bill to end a decades-old program that offers $200 a month to people deemed unable to work. The bill ultimately passed the GOP-controlled chamber, 26-24, with...

Lamont signs 2-year, $43 billion state budget into law

Jun. 26, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday signed a two-year, $43 billion state budget into law, noting the plan was passed on time and puts the state "back on track" financially. The Democratic governor OK'd the bill just days before the state's new fiscal year begins on July 1. "To...

Oregon Republican walkout over climate bill drags on

Jun. 26, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Capitol was at a standstill Wednesday with only four days left in the legislative session, and it remains unclear when — or if— the Senate's 11 Republicans will return to the statehouse and end a walkout over a climate bill. Republicans have now been absent from...

Wisconsin passes budget after Tesla proviso woos key senator

Jun. 26, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans passed a state budget Wednesday after winning a key legislator's support with a provision to allow Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, who sells rebuilt Tesla vehicles and parts. Sen. Chris Kapenga, a self-described...

The Latest: Wisconsin Senate passes state budget on to Evers

Jun. 26, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin Senate's state budget vote (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate have narrowly approved the state budget. The $81 billion two-year spending plan now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign the budget into law,...

Lawmakers eye summer hearings for Ohio school funding plan

Jun. 26, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers introducing a proposal Wednesday to overhaul Ohio's school funding system said they changed their original plan to direct more money for economically disadvantaged students and phase in changes over six years, rather than four. Democratic Rep. John Patterson, of Jefferson,...

New Jersey governor says cuts leave tuition grants uncertain

Jun. 26, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy called the Democrat-led Legislature's decision not to fully fund his proposed grants for low-income community college students "stone cold crazy stupid" Wednesday, saying his administration will have to figure out the program's future in the next...

California seeks to bring high-tech to state government

Jun. 26, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is looking for a leader interested in "breaking things, and making them better," who prioritizes "openness" and "simplicity" and can "feed and sustain team energy and enthusiasm." "While you think long-term, your bias for action ensures you gain traction...