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Budget fallout leads to Alaska Senate committee shakeup

Jan. 21, 2020 11:31 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first day of the legislative session Tuesday featured fallout from a budget vote last year, as the Alaska Senate shook up its committees and some conservative members cried foul. Senate President Cathy Giessel said the changes were discussed during an hours-long caucus meeting...

Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the State address at the Capitol in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine gov: State rising above partisanship in rancorous era

Jan. 21, 2020 10:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. Gov. Janet Mills themed her address “We are not Washington; we...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, in Albany, N.Y.  Cuomo faces a Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 deadline to release a budget proposal expected to address a looming $6 billion deficit fueled by soaring Medicaid costs. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Cuomo budget proposal calls for Medicaid savings, pot sales

Jan. 21, 2020 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation's largest Medicaid program. The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in spending from the...

Vermont GOP Gov. Scott lays out $6.3B spending plan

Jan. 21, 2020 5:10 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott presented the Democratic-controlled Legislature on Tuesday a $6.3 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year, a 2% increase over the current year. During his speech Tuesday to a joint session of the Legislature at the Statehouse, Scott said his...

Governor announces $27M federal preschool development grant

Jan. 21, 2020 4:57 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been awarded a three-year, $27 million federal grant to develop its preschool programs, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday. The money will support statewide children's development and education initiatives through 2022, as part of the Administration for Children and...

Kemp looks to efficiency, pay raise in Georgia budget talk

Jan. 21, 2020 3:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor isn’t seeking another income tax cut in the upcoming budget, but he's still not talking about it. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, speaking to lawmakers Tuesday about his proposed budget, focused on efforts to cut spending without harming state services as well as...

Murphy: NJ Transit fares won't rise in next fiscal year

Jan. 21, 2020 11:39 AM EST

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — Fares on New Jersey Transit buses and trains won't rise in the next fiscal year, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. At a graduation ceremony for new engineers, Murphy said his proposed budget to go into effect in July will be the third in a row not to raise fares on the state's...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Democrats pushed forward a progressive agenda as the booming oil industry made headlines in 2019 with record revenues for the state's coffers. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz,File)

Legislature considers tuition-free college, legalizing pot

Jan. 20, 2020 4:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts are underway to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales, fund tuition-free college and shore up pensions for state and local government workers as the New Mexico Legislature convenes. Here are some things to watch during the 30-day session that begins Tuesday at noon....

Cuomo taps Miranda, Liu, MLK III to chair Census Council

Jan. 20, 2020 1:25 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new Census Council tjat will oversee outreach and other efforts to make sure the upcoming Census counts as many New Yorkers as possible. The Democrat said that Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lucy Liu and Martin Luther King III have been tapped to...