The Latest: Spain budget vote hinges on Catalan support
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Spain-Catalonia trial and politics (all times local):
Spain's prime minister has acknowledged that it's doubtful his government will be able to gain enough support to keep alive its attempt to pass a national budget.
US judge in Phoenix requests revision of Motel 6 settlement
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday requested more information before he approves a settlement in a lawsuit filed by Motel 6 guests who say employees of the national budget chain shared their private information with immigration officials.
The Latest: US Judge asks for revision of Motel 6 settlement
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge's review of a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by Motel 6 guests (all times local):
A federal judge has asked for more information before he approves a settlement of a lawsuit filed by Motel 6 guests who say employees of national budget chain shared their private information with immigration officials.
Spanish government loses vote with budget fight looming
MADRID (AP) — Spain's government lost a vote in parliament to change regulations for housing rentals on Tuesday, dealing the ruling Socialists a setback as they try to cobble together support to pass a national budget.
The far-left Podemos ("We Can") party voted no, because it said the government decree didn't do enough to limit the cost of rental properties, specifically by not empowering local governments to apply rent ceilings.
AP Interview: Catalan leader says ‘No’ to Spain govt budget
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish government's bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless it bends to the demands of Catalonia's separatists for a referendum on secession, the leader of the wealthy northeastern region says.
Spain’s Socialist PM takes political risk with spending plan
MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says he will take his 2019 national budget proposal to a vote in parliament, even though his center-left minority government doesn't currently have enough support to get it approved.
The move is a political gamble that could trigger a snap election if Sanchez's Socialist administration fails to win parliamentary approval for his spending plan.
Italy’s contentious budget wins government’s confidence vote
ROME (AP) — The lower chamber of the Italian Parliament has approved a 2019 national budget that includes funding to realize campaign promises made by leaders of Italy's populist government.
The Chamber of Deputies Saturday night passed the budget law on Saturday night, following the Senate's approval last Sunday.
The government tied support for the budget to a confidence vote to assure the spending package's quick passage to avoid European Union sanctions for excessive debt.
Italian Senate OKs budget, tweaked to satisfy EU concerns
ROME (AP) — After a raucous marathon session, the Italian Senate early Sunday approved a national budget law that was tweaked after the European Union objected to plans by Italy's populist government to satisfy expensive campaign promises with a large deficit.
The budget, which was revised by the government so the European Union wouldn't trigger sanctions, faces a Dec. 31 deadline for final approval in the lower Chamber of Deputies.
Japan Cabinet OKs record defense budget bill, US arms buys
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet approved a record 5.26 trillion yen ($47 billion) defense budget Friday as the country seeks to bolster its arms capability by increasingly buying advanced U.S. weapons.
The budget plan endorsed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet rises 1. 3 percent from the previous year, a seventh annual increase since Abe took office in 2012.
EU calls for sanctions against Italy over budget
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday that its budget plans are in serious breach of the rules underpinning the euro single currency and said that the country should face sanctions.
The European Union's executive arm, which supervises national budget plans, has invited eurozone countries to examine its assessment in two weeks and, if they agree with it, the Commission would launch an "excessive deficit procedure" that could result in fines for Italy.
Left-wing parties unite to increase social spending in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist minority government signed an agreement Thursday with an anti-austerity party to raise the country's minimum wage and increase taxes for the rich if the national budget for next year gets parliamentary approval.
Catalan leader issues ultimatum over independence vote
MADRID (AP) — Catalan regional president Quim Torra issued an ultimatum to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday over the wealthy northeastern region's future. It was promptly rejected by the Spanish government.
Torra indicated he could deny Sanchez the votes he needs to approve the national budget in Spain's parliament unless the government proposes by next month an independence referendum in Catalonia.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament is set to pass the national budget proposal for 2018 on Wednesday, giving the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy some breathing space as it battles Catalan separatism.
Basque nationalist lawmakers have made a last-minute U-turn on their earlier promise not to support Rajoy's public spending plan as long as the ruling Popular Party remained in control in Catalonia.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank is urging political leaders to repair gaps in the way the euro is set up to prevent another crisis — including by finding money to help governments hit by deep recessions.
Mario Draghi said Friday in a speech in Florence, Italy, that sharing some government funds could provide "an extra layer of stabilization" for countries facing economic and market turmoil that can't be calmed through national budget and economic policies.
TOKYO (AP) — Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It's generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament.
Congratulations. You are now thinking like a North Korean economist.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A vote by Israel's government to approve the immigration of thousands of Ethiopians did not occur Sunday, a government official said, casting doubt on an attempt to reunite hundreds of families split between the two countries.
The families need the Cabinet to agree to fund the immigration of 8,000 Ethiopians before parliament votes on the national budget, expected this week. Israel doesn't consider the Ethiopians Jewish, which is why they need government approval to immigrate.
Washington sues Motel 6 for giving guest information to US
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's attorney general sued Motel 6 on Wednesday, alleging the national budget chain disclosed the private information of thousands of its guests to U.S. immigration authorities in violation of the state consumer protection law.
Zimbabwe proposes budget aimed at reviving bleak economy
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's new government plans to reduce diplomatic missions and ban first-class travel for everyone but the president as it tries to revive a devastated economy after longtime leader Robert Mugabe resigned last month.
Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa on Thursday presented the first national budget proposal since President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in after the military's intervention, saying it is aimed at "getting the economy speedily back on track."
HARTFORD — Senate Democrats on Tuesday warned that the Republican budget shaping up in Washington may hit more than 300,000 middle-income Connecticut households with higher taxes, for the benefit of the wealthy and corporations.
Sometimes it seems like we are moving away from government through democratic or republican systems towards an aristocracy. On the same day that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said 30 percent of the federal budget is discretionary and 70 percent is mandatory the chair of the House Budget Committee said two thirds of the federal budget is mandatory. The issue is not that they disagree by more than 136 billion dollars on what portion of the federal budget is mandatory; the issue is that they agree a large portion of the federal budget is mandatory.
As happened before in the United States — and will happen again — conservatives are out to gut the national budget of such “frills” as arts, public television and those dollars dedicated to culture. Because, goodness knows, liberals love cultural spending.
The Latest: Renzi asked to stay on as caretaker PM
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Italy (all times local):
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has resigned after a humiliating defeat on his reforms agenda that was central to his nearly three-year-long government.
Cambodia opposition ends boycott of parliament
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's opposition party ended a six-month boycott of the parliament Tuesday, saying it wants to ensure the national budget for 2017 is debated properly in the house.