- Falling energy revenues drive Wyoming budget changes Updated: Dec-01-15 8:48 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Responding to falling energy revenues, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is proposing to reduce the rate at which the state puts money into permanent savings to free up funds for state projects.
- Florida Gov. makes personal pitch for $1 billion in tax cuts Updated: Dec-01-15 8:33 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in a nod to a challenging political environment he may confront in coming months, made a personal pitch Tuesday for lawmakers to endorse his $1 billion tax cut package.
- Illinois governor, legislators hold rare meeting on budget Updated: Dec-01-15 8:16 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders held a rare sit-down meeting Tuesday on the elusive Illinois budget, a summit where perhaps the biggest breakthrough was an agreement to talk again - even as soon as next week.
- Deficit negotiators scrap state worker retirement incentive Updated: Dec-01-15 7:02 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut lawmakers said Tuesday they have abandoned a proposal to offer certain state employees a financial incentive to retire as a way to help balance this year's budget.
- GOP leader says House considering broader use of sales tax Updated: Dec-01-15 6:53 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania House said Tuesday budget negotiators were considering whether to apply the state's sales tax to more goods or services in a bid to end a 5-month-old stalemate.
- Governor-elect has short time to build new administration Updated: Dec-01-15 6:32 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The task is daunting: Piece together an administration to run Louisiana, pick the people who will lead a dozen state departments and devise an agenda for a state awash in financial problems. And do it all in fewer than 50 days.
- Kansas tax collections $8M more than expected in November Updated: Dec-01-15 6:23 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas collected $8 million more in taxes than anticipated in November, and one of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's top aides said Tuesday that the figures reflect positive signs in the state's economy.
- A look at what's behind Vermont budget shortfalls Updated: Dec-01-15 6:22 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - For at least the ninth year in a row, Vermont is looking at a budget gap for the coming fiscal year - a situation in which projected revenues do not meet projected demand for spending. Here's a primer on why this keeps happening.
- New North Dakota oil tax framework saving state $1M daily Updated: Dec-01-15 6:05 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Action by the North Dakota Legislature earlier this year means a price-triggered exemption for the state's oil industry will not go into effect Tuesday.
- Backers of legalizing marijuana submit ballot signatures Updated: Dec-01-15 5:32 pm
BOSTON - Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts said they submitted more than enough signatures Tuesday to the secretary of state's office to keep alive their hopes of putting the proposal before voters next year.
- 2 South Dakota communities to see municipal tax changes Updated: Dec-01-15 5:26 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Two South Dakota communities will soon be implementing municipal tax changes.
- Stocks advance in solid start to December trading Updated: Dec-01-15 4:44 pm
NEW YORK - Stocks started off December on a strong note, helped by improving economic data from Japan and Europe as well as hopes that the European Central Bank will expand its stimulus program. Trading remained relatively quiet ahead of the release later this week of the U.S. government's monthly jobs survey and a Federal Reserve meeting later this month.
- The Latest: GOP leader criticizes Democrats' spending Updated: Dec-01-15 4:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on Tuesday afternoon's state budget meeting between Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and leaders of the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):
- Kansas still doesn't have figure for what tax amnesty raised Updated: Dec-01-15 3:56 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas officials still don't know whether a six-week tax amnesty program raised the $30 million that legislators anticipated.
- AP EXPLAINS: Puerto Rico's struggle with $72B of public debt Updated: Dec-01-15 3:33 pm
Puerto Rico is staggering under a $72 billion public debt load that its governor has said the U.S. territory cannot pay and must restructure. The island has missed a debt payment and its worsening economic crisis has spooked investors who fear it's headed toward default, with no options for a bailout or bankruptcy declaration. Here's a brief explanation of how Puerto Rico accumulated so much debt, how its territorial status complicates matters and how it could emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump.
- Comptroller wants to boost enforcement of tax fraud laws Updated: Dec-01-15 3:30 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Comptroller Peter Franchot says Maryland needs to strengthen its laws to fight rising cases of tax fraud.
- Pennsylvania tax collections slightly above 2014 numbers Updated: Dec-01-15 3:29 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania collected more in state taxes in November than it did a year ago, but not by much.
- Polish government to pay families to have more children Updated: Dec-01-15 3:18 pm
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's new government has approved a program of family bonuses that is intended to reverse the declining birth rate.
- AP bureau in Sacramento, California, names new reporter Updated: Dec-01-15 3:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Jonathan J. Cooper, state government reporter for The Associated Press in Oregon who scored a series of scoops last year as scandal engulfed Gov. John Kitzhaber, is joining the AP's Sacramento bureau.
- Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds Updated: Dec-01-15 2:47 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services.
- Rising cigarette taxes tied to lower infant deaths: Study Updated: Dec-01-15 12:04 pm
CHICAGO - When it costs more to smoke, fewer babies die, according to a new study that links rising cigarette taxes with declines in infant mortality, especially among blacks.
- From racing to rum, things to know about year-end tax breaks Updated: Dec-01-15 11:54 am
WASHINGTON - It's December, when Congress typically passes a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before the start of filing season.
- France, Germany, Canada call on world to put price on carbon Updated: Dec-01-15 11:11 am
LE BOURGET, France - One of the smartest ways to fight global warming is putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution, according to key world leaders at the international climate summit, including U.S. President Barack Obama.
- Louisiana resume 2015 Tax Amnesty Program Updated: Dec-01-15 10:46 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015 Program has started again.
- Sales tax to help fund airport terminal construction ends Updated: Dec-01-15 7:56 am
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - A 1-cent sales tax dedicated to fund construction of a new passenger terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport has ended.