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Comptroller: State must be prepared, boost rainy day fund

Dec. 13, 2019 6:17 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's top financial officer called Friday for the state to set hundreds of millions more dollars aside in case of a financial downturn. The state should fully fund its rainy day reserves within five years, Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a report released Friday. The...

New Mexico has goal to boost rural art, culture partnerships

Dec. 13, 2019 5:08 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the top priorities for officials who oversee New Mexico's system of museums and cultural offerings will be forming more partnerships with rural communities and Native American tribes over the next year. State Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego testified...

Wyoming prisons chief pushes for funding amid low staffing

Dec. 13, 2019 2:25 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Inadequate staffing is a significant problem in Wyoming's prison system, according to the state corrections chief. Two facilities have “critically low” staffing as Wyoming's inmate population keeps growing, Department of Corrections Director Bob Lampert told the...

Alaska proposes copying prisoner mail to stop drug smuggling

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska prison officials have proposed giving inmates copies of their incoming mail rather than originals to crack down on smuggling, officials said. The state Department of Corrections asked lawmakers to approve a $400,000 budget increase for the program, Alaska’s Energy...

Democratic governor, GOP lawmakers keep clashing over taxes

Dec. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican legislators are headed toward another confrontation over tax cuts because the GOP isn't giving up on reducing income taxes and Kelly has other priorities. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature plan to push next year for tax...

House GOP leader blocks Louisiana income forecast boost

Dec. 12, 2019 7:25 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's income forecasting battles are continuing into Gov. John Bel Edwards' next four-year term. House budget committee chairman Cameron Henry, a conservative Republican who clashed with the Democratic governor during Edwards' first term, refused Thursday to boost the state's...

Massachusetts lawmakers approve long-delayed spending plan

Dec. 12, 2019 7:02 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers approved a spending plan Thursday for more than $1 billion in surplus tax revenue from the last fiscal year. House and Senate lawmakers sent the budget to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's desk in the early morning. Lawmakers approved $541 million in spending. The...

Budget experts say Iowa revenue growth ahead of expectations

Dec. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State budget experts said Thursday that revenue projections for the current fiscal year and next year are running ahead of their October predictions, giving the governor some additional money as she prepares her budget for next year. The three-member Revenue Estimating Conference...

Warren slams moderate rivals, laying bare ideological divide

Dec. 12, 2019 1:48 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren lashed out Thursday at her moderate Democratic rivals seeking the White House, accusing them of naively accepting Republican calls for unity rather than standing up to the rich while too quickly bending to the whims of their own wealthy donors. The Massachusetts...

Governor outlines Alaska budget that would rely on savings

Dec. 11, 2019 9:22 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed a state budget Wednesday that would rely heavily on savings, after a push for deep cuts during his first year in office resulted in fierce public backlash that fueled a recall effort. The new proposal leaves room for discussion on what services...