SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is launching a new effort to craft legislation that could legalize recreational marijuana sales next year.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The district attorney for Nome said Thursday that he would not file charges against a woman taken into custody after police say she confronted Gov. Mike Dunleavy at an...
Conservative group hosting Dunleavy fiscal policy events
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Most of the events on the fiscal policy tour announced this week by Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office are being hosted by a conservative political organization, prompting...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska governor's upcoming policy tour (all times local):
The minority leader of the Alaska Senate says Gov. Mike Dunleavy should...
New Kansas governor keeping predecessor’s budget director
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' incoming Democratic governor is keeping her Republican predecessor's budget director, saying he's proven he can work with legislators of all political stripes.
Gov.-elect Laura Kelly announced Friday that former state Rep. Larry Campbell will remain a key adviser on fiscal policy. Departing GOP Gov. Jeff Colyer appointed Campbell to the post in February 2018.
Plans to overhaul NJ’s government face murky path ahead
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Senate president is pushing a raft of cost-saving proposals to rescue the state from potential fiscal ruin, but the bipartisan recommendations face an uncertain future in the Legislature and with Gov. Phil Murphy.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, unveiled the recommendations on Thursday from the Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup after seven months of consideration by the 25-member panel.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A bipartisan task force formed by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney recommended Thursday that the state overhaul its pensions and school systems among other changes to address a cost "crisis."
The Democratic lawmaker and the New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup unveiled their report Thursday at the statehouse after what they said were months of reviewing issues that long burdened the state, particularly its public worker pension and retiree benefits.
Jay Bozievich prides himself on fiscal discipline.
The Lane County commissioner says helping balance the county’s budget and improving its bond rating are among his biggest accomplishments in two terms on the board.
But Nora Kent, an instructor in Lane Community College’s Florence-based Adult Basic and Secondary Education program, thinks that attention to fiscal restraint has come at the cost of health care and other services for rural Lane County residents.
When I was growing up in the Republican party, I learned the lesson of responsible fiscal policy by heart — government must live within its means. That did not mean government could refuse or neglect to perform services or fund programs that were required by the constitution because Republicans were not law breakers. And, we believed the law required the funding of programs necessary for public safety unless there was a serious financial crisis at hand.
Watchdog groups wants ‘database of deals’ in new budget
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of government watchdog groups is urging New York state lawmakers to create a so-called "database of deals" listing state subsidies to specific businesses.
The organizations Reinvent Albany, the Citizens Budget Commission, the Fiscal Policy Institute and the League of Women Voters New York State outlined their proposal Monday at the state Capitol.
Most in survey see US fiscal policy as too aggressive
WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of business economists now view the government's tax and spending policy as moving too aggressively to stimulate economic growth, setting up a potential increase in the deficit in the coming years, a new survey shows.
Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his eighth and final State of the State address Tuesday night, when he'll urge legislators to support his goals for the year amid a growing impasse over tax cuts that last week prompted a rare veto override.
Republicans pick 2 for top Indiana Senate positions
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Indiana Senate have elevated two lawmakers to top leadership posts that were recently vacated by retiring Sen. Brandt Hershman.
Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville was named Thursday as the majority floor leader, which is the No. 2 position in Senate leadership. Bray was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and is chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Idaho GOP governor hopefuls’ tax-cut plans have hefty price tags
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s tax-cut plan would cost Idaho’s state treasury roughly $900 million a year if he were elected governor.
Rival Tommy Ahlquist’s tax-cut proposals add up to a $630 million a year reduction to the state treasury.
And Lt. Gov. Brad Little, the other major GOP hopeful in the race, has a plan that would cost the state treasury $115.9 million in the first year, and nearly $200 million a year after four years.
Greenwich BET candidates talk fiscal policy, suggest department, service evaluations
GREENWICH — Regardless of when a state budget is approved, Greenwich already has lost state education and social service aid and could lose more. Federal money for shoreline projects, roads and railway going forward is uncertain.
Talk about sound fiscal policy.
Speaking about New Mexico’s precarious financial position — the budget was balanced by borrowing bond money — fiscal conservative and Democrat Sen. John Arthur Smith had this to say: “That is not responsible financing of state government.” He was speaking as the special session, convened last week, came to end Tuesday after a recess of several days over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.
While taxes and the state budget are important to the financial ability to raise families in Connecticut, legislators in Hartford have consistently failed to provide that stability. Subsequent revisions as well as the recent departure of General Electric and an announcement of Aetna are indicative that legislative leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Sen. Bob Duff are inept at their responsibilities to our state.
- Wisconsin State Journal'Yes' to UW and road money in state budget, 'no' to non-fiscal policyMarch 4, 2019
- The AdvocateWendy Lecker State budget as a moral documentFebruary 3, 2019
- Connecticut PostNext budget director brings straight talk and solutionsDecember 18, 2018
- San Antonio Express-NewsU.S. government needs fiscal stress testNovember 9, 2018
Police: Indonesia IS suspect a well-educated former official
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian man arrested in Bali this week for suspected links to the Islamic State group after traveling to Turkey was an Australian-educated former Finance Ministry official, authorities said Friday.
Fiscal policy group conference on investing in future
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The topic of the annual New Hampshire Fiscal Policy conference is "Investing in New Hampshire's Future."
Panel discussions at Friday's event are looking at health, education, housing, child care, transportation and other areas vital to sustaining a strong workforce and a vibrant economy.
The keynote speaker is Jeff Fuhrer, executive vice president and senior policy adviser of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Trumponomics 101: How a populist president might change the economy
Donald Trump inherits a far healthier economy than the one his predecessor faced eight years ago. It’s hard to guess what will greet his successor.
If he convinces Congress to adopt his pro-growth ideas and abandons the worst of his trade and immigration proposals, the next four or eight years might merit Trump-like adjectives: amazing, fantastic, even huge.
Cato Institute gives Maine governor highest mark on taxes
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Libertarian think tank The Cato Institute has awarded Maine's governor with its highest grade in its "Fiscal Report Card on America's Governors."
Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, was one of five governors to receive an "A'' grade on fiscal policy, and his mark was the highest of the five. The report is based on the governor's taxing and spending record.
LePage has made budgetary conservatism a focus of his six years as governor.