- New Puerto Rico agencies to buy TRANs amid economic crisis Updated: Jul-03-15 7:06 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's governor signed a bill late Friday that allows certain public agencies to buy up to $400 million in tax and revenue anticipation notes as the government of the U.S. territory seeks more cash amid a worsening economic crisis.
- Greek campaigns, neck and neck, reach dramatic finale Updated: Jul-03-15 6:29 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the 'yes' and 'no' camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece's most important vote since it joined the European Union.
- Backlash over Wisconsin GOP plan to tighten open records law Updated: Jul-03-15 6:25 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.
- Pols: NJ casino expansion vote likely not happening in fall Updated: Jul-03-15 5:39 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - New Jersey lawmakers say there is almost no chance a statewide vote on whether to expand casino gambling beyond Atlantic City will be held this fall.
- 2016 Ryder Cup pitch comes up short with Minnesota officials Updated: Jul-03-15 4:58 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The 2016 Ryder Cup was awarded to the Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis years ago, however its promoters quietly recently tried to wedge money into Minnesota's new state budget for logistical assistance and sponsorships of the event.
- Walker says he'll change government records exemptions Updated: Jul-03-15 4:42 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker says he will work with Republican leaders in both chambers to change budget provisions that would exempt nearly all government records from the state's open records law.
- Assembly to consider 20-week abortion ban in special session Updated: Jul-03-15 4:16 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Assembly has voted to take up bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage for construction workers, as well as state budget votes, in a special legislative session.
- Montana had 2nd highest rate of health exchange re-enrollees Updated: Jul-03-15 2:04 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Montana has the nation's second highest rate of people re-enrolling in the health exchanges established under the federal health care law.
- Jefferson County scrounges for funds to meet July payroll Updated: Jul-03-15 2:00 pm
PINE BLUFF, Arkansas - Revenue shortfalls have left Jefferson County officials wondering how they're going to pay many of the county's workers later this month.
- Hiring freeze, cuts help W.Va. end fiscal year in the black Updated: Jul-03-15 1:43 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A hiring freeze and budget cuts have helped West Virginia end the fiscal year with a small surplus.
- New law takes the lie out of Ohio's fireworks 'Liar's Law' Updated: Jul-03-15 12:52 pm
DAYTON, Ohio - Ohio eliminated part of its "Liar's Law" that for years has required residents to make empty promises to take fireworks they bought out of state within 48 hours.
- Aging, broken infrastructure frustrates Metro-North riders Updated: Jul-03-15 11:44 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Aging and broken public works have again plagued the Metro-North Railroad in Connecticut, slowing commuters into and out of New York City's Grand Central Terminal.
- Tuition up this fall at 9 Mississippi community colleges Updated: Jul-03-15 10:59 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Nine of Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges will raise charges on students this fall, with the average price of tuition and fees rising by 4 percent statewide.
- Christie says program to help military members to continue Updated: Jul-03-15 9:52 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - Struggling members of the military can continue to seek help and advice from veterans under a program New Jersey's 2016 budget will continue to fund.
- 2 plead guilty in federal tax fraud scheme Updated: Jul-03-15 4:08 am
NEW ORLEANS - Two Tangipahoa Parish residents have pleaded guilty in a tax refund scheme.
- Wisconsin budget passes committee, heads to full Legislature Updated: Jul-03-15 2:28 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee finally completed its revisions to Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan after a five-week delay early Friday morning, clearing the way for votes in the full Senate and Assembly.
- Branstad vetoes school spending, mental health deal Updated: Jul-02-15 11:46 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad announced a series of budget vetoes Thursday, using his powerful pen to cross out $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open.
- Without a budget, providers prepare, officials go to court Updated: Jul-02-15 10:41 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois' government weathered its second day without a state budget Thursday, and while legislative chambers were silent, service providers buckled up for a bumpy summer ride and state officials asked what bills could be paid if the impasse continues.
- Public school sport participation rules scaled back Updated: Jul-02-15 10:22 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - An expansion of who can play sports and participate in extracurricular activities in public schools in Wisconsin is being scaled back.
- Panel votes to add 7-day work week to budget Updated: Jul-02-15 10:19 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has voted to allow factory and retail employees to work seven straight days without a day of rest.
- Panel wants records test on officer-involved reports Updated: Jul-02-15 10:19 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has voted to apply the open records balancing test to reports documenting officer-involved deaths.
- Loosening of teacher licensure requirements rejected Updated: Jul-02-15 10:16 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Highly criticized teacher licensure changes that would have allowed some people without high school degrees to be licensed to teach in Wisconsin have been removed from the state budget.
- Union lawsuit seek full pay despite no Illinois budget Updated: Jul-02-15 10:11 pm
BELLEVILLE, Illinois - Unions representing Illinois state employees have filed a lawsuit demanding they will be paid in full and on time despite the lack of a 2016 fiscal year budget.
- Report: No evidence IRS employees told to destroy info Updated: Jul-02-15 8:24 pm
WASHINGTON - Investigators found no evidence that IRS employees were told to destroy or hide information from Congress, the Justice Department or an inspector general in the probe of erased emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal, according to an internal report released late Thursday.
- Federal judge to Louisiana: Make gay marriage changes now Updated: Jul-02-15 6:25 pm
NEW ORLEANS - After waiting about as long as possible, the state of Louisiana began selling marriage licenses to same-sex couples and agreed Thursday that they could file joint income-tax returns and get both parents' names on their children's birth certificates.