Latest State budgets News

Walz touts opportunities from massive $17.6B budget surplus

Dec. 06, 2022 17:18 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers learned Tuesday they will head into the 2023 legislative session with a massive $17.6 billion projected budget surplus, and Gov. Tim Walz said he would like to return some of that money to taxpayers with rebate checks. “The golden...

Mississippi budget blueprint has slight spending increases

Dec. 06, 2022 17:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Top legislators are recommending only a slight increase in Mississippi state government spending for the coming year, even as Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn renews his push to eliminate the state income tax. Mississippi's 2023 budget year ends June 30,...

South Dakota's Noem tries to convince lawmakers on tax cut

Dec. 06, 2022 16:25 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem tried Tuesday to win over the Republican-controlled Legislature with details of her plan to enact a historic repeal of the state's tax on groceries. But to deliver on the campaign promise, the Republican governor must convince lawmakers in...

Vermont to begin offering voluntary paid leave program

Dec. 06, 2022 15:22 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is going to begin offering paid family and medical leave to its 8,000 employees next summer as part of a voluntary program that in following years will be expanded to private businesses and individuals, Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday. ...

Orban says Hungary will stick to veto of EU-Ukraine aid plan

Dec. 02, 2022 06:14 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday that he will continue to oppose a European Union plan to provide an 18-billion-euro ($19-billion) aid package to Ukraine in 2023, a position that promises sustained tensions as the bloc and the nationalist Hungarian government wrangle...

Kansas sees taxes fall 5.3% short of expections in November

Dec. 01, 2022 18:32 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected 5.3% less in taxes than expected in November, the first time in more than two years that its collections have fallen short of the state's monthly target. The shortfall was $36 million, but the state Department of Revenue's report Thursday came...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Nov. 30, 2022 16:51 PM EST

Tupelo Daily Journal. November 26, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers should consider tax break on baby supplies In his executive budget proposal, Gov. Tate Reeves called for the complete elimination of the state income tax. This has been a bad idea for the past few years...

Business, labor groups agree on $1.8B unemployment debt plan

Nov. 29, 2022 20:11 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois business and labor groups have agreed on a plan to erase a $1.8 billion debt, generated by the wrenching COVID-19 pandemic, in the account that covers unemployment benefits, state officials said Tuesday. The deal leans on surplus funds in the...

New Mexico's top finance official to retire

Nov. 22, 2022 20:24 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Deborah Romero, the head of New Mexico’s Department of Finance and Administration, will retire in December, marking the end of a career in state government that has spanned nearly 50 years. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office announced Romero's upcoming...

Indiana lawmakers return ahead of new state budget debate

Nov. 22, 2022 17:46 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers returned to the Statehouse on Tuesday, fresh off Republican election victories that maintained the party's dominance of the Legislature and facing a possible list of expensive proposals from GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb. Senate President Pro Tem...