Latest Government budgets News

Teachers criticize Newsom's budget proposal, say it would 'wreak havoc on funding for our schools'

May. 17, 2024 18:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest teachers union on Friday turned up the pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom, announcing a public campaign aimed at blocking part of his plan to balance the budget because they say it “would wreak havoc on funding for our schools.” Newsom...

Michigan lawmakers get final revenue estimates as they push to finalize the state budget

May. 17, 2024 16:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State economists delivered their final economic forecast this year for Michigan and indicated that tax revenue will continue to stabilize, which they see as a positive development following years of record surpluses driven by pandemic-related funds. Michigan...

Psychedelic therapy and workers' rights bills fail to advance in California's tough budget year

May. 16, 2024 19:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California faces a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, lawmakers must make tough decisions about which of the more than 1,000 measures still alive in the Legislature this year will not make the cut. On Thursday, they stopped hundreds of bills from...

Former Connecticut budget official arrested, pleads not guilty to bribery and extortion charges

May. 16, 2024 19:44 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former top official in Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont's budget office allegedly extorted private contractors into paying him thousands of dollars in bribes as he oversaw large blocks of state money for school construction projects, federal authorities said Thursday. ...

Kansas governor vetoes a third plan for cutting taxes. One GOP leader calls it 'spiteful'

May. 16, 2024 19:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday vetoed a proposal for broad tax cuts, setting up a high-stakes election-year tussle with the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature that one GOP leader called “spiteful.” It was the third time this year Kelly has...

Alaska lawmakers end their session with late bills passing on energy, education

May. 16, 2024 18:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers ended their four-month session early Thursday with a flurry of last-minute bills addressing priority issues such as energy and correspondence school programs that are a focus of ongoing litigation. Bickering over the budget was muted compared...

North Carolina revenue decline means alternate sources for voucher spending considered

May. 15, 2024 21:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Recently lowered revenue projections for North Carolina state government are making some state legislators think more carefully about how to pay to cover the new high demand for K-12 private school scholarships. The Senate passed earlier this month a measure...

Missouri lawmakers renew crucial $4B Medicaid tax program

May. 15, 2024 13:37 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's GOP-led Legislature on Wednesday renewed a more than $4 billion Medicaid program that had been blocked for months by a Republican faction that used it as a bargaining tool. The bill which now heads to Gov. Mike Parson will renew a longstanding...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 15, 2024 13:37 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 10, 2024. Editorial: ‘Longer we wait, the more people will die’ Legislature should seize the opportunity to pass legislation to help those whose lives have been upended by the opioid epidemic. Serving as the jail...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

May. 14, 2024 19:26 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. May 8, 2024. Editorial: Kansas City is not trying to defund its police. The Missouri Supreme Court was right We’ve long held that Kansas Citians and Kansas Citians alone should have the final say in how the city spends taxpayer dollars on policing....