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North Carolina Republicans return for session likely end

Oct. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly could soon be done wrestling with legislation this year, but that doesn't mean they'll pin down a broad budget law or path forward on Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers return Monday following a roughly 10-day break. Senate leader Phil Berger said his...

Nebraska senators: More revenue could mean property tax cuts

Oct. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who want to lower property taxes and replenish the state's rainy-day fund could have a slightly easier time accomplishing those goals next year, but many are still worried about the impact of major flooding and the struggling farm economy. Key lawmakers said they're...

Michigan allows prison inmates to seek college financial aid

Oct. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's prison inmates are now allowed to apply for college financial aid through a state program that had long excluded them but was changed under the state's 2020 budget. Michigan's Tuition Incentive Program , or TIP, is a state-funded program that reimburses tuition expenses for...

Officials: Affordable housing fund is rarely fully funded

Oct. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — State legislators often use the dollars intended for affordable housing programs for other purposes. To the detriment of affordable housing programs in Northwest Florida and the rest of the Sunshine State, the state Legislature earlier this year took another massive bite out of the...

Accounting done, Louisiana surplus has precise figure: $535M

Oct. 18, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's budget surplus has edged up to nearly $535 million. That's the precise number presented to the joint House and Senate budget committee Friday, after accountants confirmed the figure. Previous estimates were pegged around $500 million. Financial analysts say most of the...

Georgia Lottery says quarterly profit sets new record

Oct. 17, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's tax revenue may be threatening to stagnate, but lottery revenue continues to grow. The Georgia Lottery Corp. said Thursday that it is transferring nearly $292 million in profits to the state treasury from the first three months of the state budget year that began July 1. That's...

Connecticut state managers signing up for union-like group

Oct. 17, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Frustrated about being "an easy target" in Connecticut's budget battles, close to 200 state employee managers have so far agreed to join forces with a major state employee union in hopes of gaining more clout at the state Capitol. Pamphlets have been distributed in recent weeks to a...

Idaho Schools Superintendent seeks school budget boost

Oct. 17, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says she'll ask the Legislature for a $101 million increase to the public schools budget next year. The Lewiston Tribune reports Ybarra made the announcement during a presentation at the Idaho State Board of Education meeting...

Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear veto challenge

Oct. 16, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a case brought by a conservative law firm seeking to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of legislators through partial budget vetoes. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty brought the case in...

Wyoming governor expects more budget trimming

Oct. 16, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he's open to all ideas to reduce spending while the state deals with lower revenue from fossil fuels. Gordon said at a news conference Tuesday he expects to propose a number of cuts in his first, two-year budget. Gordon took office in January. He says...