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Gov. Janet Mills seeks federal aid to avoid $100M shortfall

Jan. 28, 2021 8:50 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said she’ll seek federal funding to make up a $100 million budget shortfall and allow the state to follow the federal government’s lead in forgiving taxes on pandemic aid. Mills said she wants state departments to start looking for any newly...

Democratic Rep. Daymon Ely argues against a proposal by GOP members to require in-person voting during the annual legislative session on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. Ely was one of a handful of Democratic representatives who appeared on the House floor in person. Most are viewing and voting remotely by video conference. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

State relief plans take shape at New Mexico Legislature

Jan. 27, 2021 8:00 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An economic relief package is taking shape at the New Mexico Legislature as a Senate panel endorsed a $600 rebate to low-income workers and a separate bill that would waive licensing fees on liquor stores. Residents of New Mexico who earned up to $31,200 during 2020 would be eligible...

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Jefferson City, Mo. The speech is traditionally given in the House chamber but was moved to the smaller Senate chamber at the last minute due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Parson touts virus handling during State of State address

Jan. 27, 2021 5:50 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson in his State of the State speech Wednesday touted his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, even as an outbreak among lawmakers forced him to break tradition and switch the venue for his address. “Time and time again, our administration has...

Bill would help low income students attend private schools

Jan. 27, 2021 4:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal to expand a program that uses tax credits to help low-income students attend private schools. Supporters of the bill told House and Senate committees Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the disparity between private schools, which...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his televised State of the Commonwealth address from his ceremonial Statehouse office on Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, 2021, in Boston. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Massachusetts governor unveils $45.6B state budget proposal

Jan. 27, 2021 2:26 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a $45.6 billion state budget Wednesday for the 2022 fiscal year beginning July 1 — a slight decline in estimated spending compared to the current fiscal year as Beacon Hill works to get the budget process back on a more predictable path...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 27, 2021 1:24 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Jan. 27 The Greenwood Commonwealth on the lack of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi: In his 2,200-word State of the State address Tuesday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves did not make a single mention of Medicaid or Medicaid expansion. Other than saying that...

Hawaii Tourism Authority faces possible defunding by state

Jan. 27, 2021 9:53 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has started planning for the possibility the organization could be defunded by the state. Officials at the agency responsible for leading statewide tourism recovery said the authority is in a dire financial situation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, argues for unemployment assistance for people impacted by the coronavirus during floor debate, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor's State of the State: Lawmakers react

Jan. 26, 2021 6:56 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Gov. Tate Reeves received bipartisan support for committing to a teacher pay raise during his State of the State address Tuesday. Meanwhile, Democrats share concerns about his proposal to eliminate the income tax, while Republicans are largely in favor. Reaction from some...

Wisconsin revenue projections jump by $1.2 billion

Jan. 26, 2021 6:44 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state government's financial future brightened Tuesday after analysts released projections that show the state should collect $1.2 billion more in tax revenue by mid-2023 than estimated in November. The good news comes just two weeks before Gov. Tony Evers was to submit his...

Tennessee sports betting tax revenue hits $5.4M in 2 months

Jan. 26, 2021 6:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's online-only sports betting program has seen $312.3 million in gross wagers in its first two months, yielding $5.4 million in privilege taxes, officials said Tuesday. The Tennessee Lottery announced figures showing $180.9 million in gross wagers, $167 million in gross...