SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor has presented a long-awaited plan that would set goals for academic proficiency as the state struggles to resolve a lawsuit by frustrated parents who won a court ruling saying the state is failing to provide an adequate education for the vast majority of its students.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eligible families can begin applying next month for Connecticut's new one-year child tax rebate program that's included in the newly revised state budget, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of the Pennsylvania Legislature’s most powerful Republicans lost a primary race and another was in real danger Wednesday of going down to defeat, both targeted by challengers from the right.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Four pairs of Republican incumbents face off Tuesday in the North Carolina General Assembly primaries, their confrontations the result of redistricting in rural areas that have lagged other parts of the state in population growth.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says Executive Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown and interim Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Larry Hayes will retire from state government.
John Hicks will take over the role of Executive Cabinet secretary while continuing to serve as state budget director.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little is promising more tax cuts after state budget officials on Tuesday reported April tax revenue came in nearly double what had been expected.
The Republican governor in a statement attributed the $1.2 billion April tax revenues to conservative principles.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government tax collections will smash the projections used to help fashion the first year of the current two-year state budget, officials announced Monday as lawmakers return next week to begin figuring out what to do with billions in surplus.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate voted Monday for a $1,300 “energy relief” payment in addition to a dividend payment for residents this year.
The energy payment passed 12-7 as an amendment to the state budget package that senators were debating.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Republicans endorsed former state House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, a moderate on social issues, to challenge two-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in November.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature on Friday passed a roughly $48 billion state budget packed with extra funding for teacher pay, school busing, Medicaid and public colleges and universities.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers closed out the 2022 legislative session Wednesday night after passing juvenile crime reforms, limits on marijuana advertising and making Juneteenth a state holiday, while also expressing gratitude that things were getting back to normal after two years of pandemic restrictions.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate sent a revised, one-year $24.2 billion state budget to Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's desk on Tuesday night that Democrats lauded as historic but Republicans derided as falling short for the taxpayers.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Certain private sector workers determined to be “essential” during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic will share $30 million in pandemic bonuses under a one-year, $24.2 billion state budget plan being debated in the Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday evening.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A longtime state fiscal officer is Gov. Roy Cooper's choice to become North Carolina's next state controller.
Cooper's nominee is Deputy State Budget Director Nels Roseland, who also previously served as chief financial officer of the state Department of Justice when Cooper was attorney general.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some Republicans in the South Carolina Senate had a little remorse over taking $1 billion out of the state budget to give income taxpayers rebates.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Broad agreement has been reached on a revised one-year state budget proposal, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly announced Wednesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge on Tuesday cut the amount of money needed to comply through the middle of next year with a step-by-step plan to address state educational inequities. But he declined to leave in place the crux of another judge’s order that directed cash from government coffers be sent to state agencies to cover a fiscal gap.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators on Tuesday passed a roughly $46 billion state budget plan bolstered by federal funding that includes extra money for K-12 public school busing and teacher pay raises.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The mayors of California’s 11 largest cities asked Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature on Monday to approve $3 billion over three years in the state budget for flexible homeless funding to go directly to cities.
JACKSON, Miss, (AP) — Mississippi's longest-serving state superintendent of education said Thursday that she will retire this summer.
Carey Wright became the leader of Mississippi public schools in 2013, after a 41-year career as an educator in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas fiscal forecast issued Wednesday predicted that inflation will boost state tax collections more than previously expected, intensifying the dispute between Democratic Gov.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed into law a state budget that aims to soften the blow of inflation with $1.8 billion in tax breaks and direct payments to Illinois consumers, an outline Republicans derided as an election-year ploy.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is flush with cash but lawmakers are weeks into an impasse over the coming year's state budget and now looking at unusual solutions to try to break the logjam.
Republicans who hold just one-vote majorities in both the Senate and House began openly talking about enacting a “continuation budget,” that funds government at only the current year's level plus inflation adjustments last week.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature's appropriations committee unanimously approved a supplemental budget early Friday that includes $850 payouts to more than 850,000 residents amid inflationary worries.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Students at Pennsylvania's state-owned universities won't see tuition increase next year under a unanimous vote Thursday by the the system's board.
The State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors passed what will be the fourth year of flat tuition, as the struggling system hopes the Legislature will approve hundreds of millions in additional funding in the 2022-23 state budget.
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House released a nearly $50 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that would increase spending on areas like schools and local aid while sidestepping a series of tax breaks pushed by Republican Gov.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed off on a $900 million property and income tax cut package Wednesday.
Ricketts said the bill will provide nearly $1 billion in annual tax relief once it is fully implemented.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee is getting ready to work on the state budget with a big question to answer — how will it pay for $2 billion in proposed income tax cuts and rebates?
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is set to rely on an influx of federal funds and higher-than-expected tax revenues to balance a $220 billion, one-year state budget, which went into law Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly was prepared to adopt a state budget of about $45 billion Friday on lawmakers' last day of a scheduled spring session.
But well into the afternoon, the Senate was taking action on other matters and filled time with approving resolutions.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will devote billions of dollars to help families pay for child care, boost health care worker wages and temporarily cut state gasoline taxes, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday as she announced a “conceptual” agreement with legislators on a $220 billion state budget.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House on Thursday passed a roughly $46 billion state spending plan bulked up with federal pandemic aid.
While some GOP lawmakers warned that the current budget proposal spends too much too quickly, primarily Democratic critics decried Republicans for not spending enough and leaving $1.8 billion unspent.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislative leaders and Gov. Kathy Hochul have yet to reach a deal on a $216 billion-plus state budget, and lawmakers and aides faced a lengthy to-do list as of Wednesday afternoon.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's GOP-led House on Tuesday fine-tuned a spending plan for the state's upcoming budget year, including billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid.
The measure needs several more votes of approval to move to the Republican-led Senate.
ATLANTA (AP) — When Democrat Stacey Abrams first ran for Georgia governor in 2018, her lackluster personal finances and a hefty bill from the IRS gave Republicans fodder to question how she could manage a state budget when she struggled with her own debts.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday trimmed $51.8 million in spending from the new state budget that lawmakers sent him last week before signing the rest of the package into law.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers on Monday began a special legislative session focused on ending a stalemate over the state budget and finishing work on bills left unresolved at the end of their regular session.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators on Monday were approving parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1, and it is substantially larger than the budget for the current year.
The biggest state-funded portion of the new budget is nearly $6.3 billion general fund.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are returning to the Capitol on Monday with hopes of finishing their 2022 session.
They still need to finish passing a state budget for the year that begins July 1.
ATLANTA (AP) — Friday is payday, of a sort, for 270,000 state, public university and K-12 employees in Georgia.
For the 100,000 state and university employees, it's the first day that a $5,000 pay raise kicks in.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A $64.1 billion supplemental state budget that spends on statewide programs ranging from homelessness and behavioral health to the ongoing COVID-19 response was signed Thursday by Washington Gov.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Crime, high fuel prices and child care are among the big issues on the negotiating table as the Democrats who control New York state government try to hammer out a state budget deal.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers this week are debating a proposed $36.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 with increased spending on public safety, climate change and education.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers revealed a state spending plan Tuesday calling for big pay raises for state employees and passed a measure aimed at phasing out individual income taxes as they raced the clock to wrap up work on priority bills.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to propose $500 million in bonds in the state budget to help fund a new covered Tennessee Titans stadium envisioned for Nashville, two sources confirmed to The Associated Press.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators worked on budget proposals Monday after missing deadlines because of a long dispute over a tax cut plan.
They were also negotiating final versions of several bills, including one to revive an initiative process so people could petition to put proposed laws on the statewide ballot.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate on Friday unanimously passed a state budget for next year that continues increased spending on education, health care and other priorities amid a surge in tax revenue and federal funding.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Top Mississippi lawmakers on Friday increased estimates of how much tax money the state will collect this budget year and next.
The current year's general fund estimate climbed from $5.8 billion to nearly $6.9 billion.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday he wants lawmakers back in Richmond in early April to finish this year's work.
The clock ran down during the regular General Assembly session without the Democrat-controlled Senate and GOP-controlled House reaching agreement on the state budget.