- Edwards releases budget proposal without taxes, only cuts Updated: Feb-13-16 6:40 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has presented its doomsday budget to lawmakers.
- Arkansas lawmaker proposes tax on some college properties Updated: Feb-13-16 6:10 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - A Republican state lawmaker wants to levy property taxes on public colleges and universities for property they rent to commercial businesses or use for a "nonpublic purpose."
- Kansas senators seek to pause bond program Updated: Feb-13-16 4:14 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Kansas senators want to keep Gov. Sam Brownback's administration from approving new economic development projects that they say cost the state sales tax revenue.
- 1st year schools chief brings stability to Wyoming education Updated: Feb-13-16 1:30 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Order has been restored in Wyoming K-12 education during state schools Superintendent Jillian Balow's first year, officials involved with state education say.
- Town cries foul at proposed low return from tax auction Updated: Feb-13-16 12:22 pm
PLAINFIELD, New Hampshire - Officials in the small New Hampshire town where tax militants held federal marshals at bay for nine months in an armed standoff are questioning the meager amount federal officials plan to allot it after a tax auction in October.
- Old, faulty police cruisers are driving officers crazy Updated: Feb-13-16 9:14 am
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Holes in the floorboards. Cracks in fenders and bumpers. Metal that sticks out of torn seats and rips uniforms. Gas gauges that don't work. Radio equipment that malfunctions. Occasional breakdowns. Peeling paint.
- Budget patches have Kansas lawmakers seeing broader problems Updated: Feb-13-16 8:18 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - As Kansas legislators prepare to close a deficit largely with budget juggling, a growing number are seeing broad problems with how the state has managed its finances under Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
- Information freeze thaws after injunction on election law Updated: Feb-13-16 4:10 am
LANSING, Michigan - An information freeze on local and school officials is thawing after a federal judge put a preliminary injunction on a new Michigan election law that critics called a "gag order."
- Bill gives sales tax break for coal-fired plant conversion Updated: Feb-12-16 7:54 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The Washington Senate has passed a bill that would give a sales tax break to the state's only coal-fired power plant if and when it converts to using biomass or natural gas for electric generation.
- Senate rejects constitutional amendment on tax increases Updated: Feb-12-16 6:50 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Senate on Friday failed to reach the required vote threshold to send voters a constitutional amendment asking if they want to require a two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature for future tax increases.
- Edwards to Obama: Scrap offshore drilling money proposal Updated: Feb-12-16 6:39 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Barack Obama to drop his attempt to take offshore drilling money away from the Gulf Coast.
- Louisiana governor's speech stokes fears, threatens football Updated: Feb-12-16 6:21 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards' talk of shuttered hospitals, college closures and a canceled football season for the LSU Tigers drew attention Friday to Louisiana's deep budget woes, mixed with criticism that the Democratic governor was fear-mongering.
- Edwards: Possible TOPS cut won't hit students this semester Updated: Feb-12-16 6:11 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards tried Friday to reduce fears about the threat of cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, saying Louisiana students who receive the aid won't see increased tuition bills this semester even if financing is reduced.
- Health Department offers buyouts amid Oklahoma budget crisis Updated: Feb-12-16 6:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - At least 100 employees of the Oklahoma State Department of Health are expected to take a buyout that includes a $5,000 lump-sum payment as the agency looks to avoid potential layoffs amid a budget crunch, agency officials confirmed on Friday.
- Kansas City proposes $10M plan to demolish empty buildings Updated: Feb-12-16 5:39 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas City has created a plan in the city budget to tear down about 800 vacant houses and buildings in struggling neighborhoods in the next two years.
- Illinois roads could benefit from potential $84.7M windfall Updated: Feb-12-16 5:00 pm
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois - Illinois transportation planners are awaiting details of how they could use a potential multi-million windfall for the state.
- New Mexico auditor finds $4.4 billion in unused funds Updated: Feb-12-16 4:53 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico's state auditor said Friday he has found $4.4 billion in unspent funds tucked away in hundreds of agency accounts.
- Court sets Wellmark headquarters taxable value at $99M Updated: Feb-12-16 4:39 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The corporate headquarters for health insurer Wellmark Inc. should have been taxed at a value of $99 million in 2011, the Iowa Supreme Court said Friday in reversing earlier rulings that set the taxable value much lower.
- Governor's budget proposes privatizing mental health funding Updated: Feb-12-16 4:11 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed privatizing the public mental health system by moving state funds to Medicaid HMOs.
- Congressional delegation supports storm disaster declaration Updated: Feb-12-16 2:57 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's congressional delegation is calling on President Barack Obama to support the state's request for disaster assistance to pay for last month's winter storm.
- AP FACT CHECK: Dems offer iffy stats on donors, health plan Updated: Feb-12-16 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Eager to share Bernie Sanders's claim to the grass roots, Hillary Clinton is having trouble owning up to the deep pockets helping her campaign. For his part, Sanders is struggling to make a convincing case that the numbers add up in his hugely expensive health plan.
- Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns Updated: Feb-12-16 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have failed to release their tax returns despite promises to do.
- Baker seeks funds for local roads, files spending bill Updated: Feb-12-16 1:13 pm
BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is asking lawmakers to authorize $250 million for local transportation projects, including $50 million for upgrades on small bridges.
- Bevin's proposed cuts include government watchdog agency Updated: Feb-12-16 12:57 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - As part of his proposed budget cuts, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin exempted what he considered to be key government services. Those not protected include agencies charged with holding him and his administration accountable.
- Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans Updated: Feb-12-16 12:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday delivered a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: You're stuck with it.