- Leaders still hope to hold vote on Connecticut budget bill Updated: Jun-02-15 11:29 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut legislative leaders still hoped to hold a vote late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning on a revised two-year, $40 billion Democratic budget proposal that was delayed Monday after several major employers publicly balked at the proposed tax increases.
- Thousands urge Brown to boost Medi-Cal spending Updated: Jun-02-15 10:39 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Thousands of Californians rallied outside the state Capitol Tuesday to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to increase funding for Medi-Cal, the state's health insurance program for the poor.
- Amid tax impasse, Kansas lawmakers agree on 2 major items Updated: Jun-02-15 10:20 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Even as sharp divisions among Republicans prevented the Kansas Legislature from passing a plan Tuesday for increasing taxes to balance the state budget, they agreed on two revenue-raising proposals that would close part of the gap.
- Senate to weigh budget plan including $400M cut to agencies Updated: Jun-02-15 10:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Senate made plans Tuesday to consider a roughly $400 million cut to state spending because of an impasse over a broader budget plan.
- Lawmakers in Iowa Capitol as they work to adjourn for year Updated: Jun-02-15 9:53 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers returned to the state Capitol Tuesday with final action on the budget still pending.
- Lawmakers approve judicial branch budget at current level Updated: Jun-02-15 9:42 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers have approved a budget for the state's judicial branch that maintains the current funding level.
- California lawmakers tackle smoking age, immigrant health Updated: Jun-02-15 9:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers on Tuesday tackled a wide range of bills to raise the smoking age, extend health care to immigrants and make it easier to register to vote as the Legislature advanced dozens of proposals ahead of a Friday deadline to pass bills out of their house of origin.
- Marsh says Alabama lawmakers will vote on budget Updated: Jun-02-15 9:23 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Senators will spend the final days of the legislative session concentrating on the general fund budget, but acknowledge they have no way to avoid deep cuts to state agencies.
- Kansas Senate amends tax bill to cut sales tax rate on food Updated: Jun-02-15 8:51 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Senate has approved a proposal to decrease the state's sales tax on food to 5.7 percent from 6.15 percent.
- LePage: Mainers being 'snookered' by lawmakers on budget Updated: Jun-02-15 8:44 pm
LISBON, Maine - With his ambitious budget proposal all but dead at the Statehouse, Republican Gov. Paul LePage took his message directly to voters on Tuesday and urged residents to convince their lawmakers to support his tax-cutting efforts.
- Q&A: A look at where things stand in the Alaska Legislature Updated: Jun-02-15 8:14 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - If you have a sense of deja vu, you're not alone. The Alaska Legislature is seemingly right back to where it was more than a month ago.
- Gov. Scott administration under fire in health care fight Updated: Jun-02-15 8:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Key Republicans on Tuesday asserted that the administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott was playing politics in a continuing fight over health care that has already derailed one legislative session this year.
- Florida House scales back proposed tax cuts Updated: Jun-02-15 7:59 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Republicans in the Florida House on Tuesday rolled out a scaled-back tax cut package that would give Floridians a small cut on their cellphone bills as well as keep intact the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday.
- IRS irks casinos with pitch to cut jackpot tax threshold Updated: Jun-02-15 7:36 pm
LAS VEGAS - The IRS says a $600 slot machine or bingo jackpot might get its attention in the future, and the prospect has riled gamblers and the casino industry.
- Douglas doubts timing of Ducey school finance overhaul plan Updated: Jun-02-15 7:31 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona's top education official said Tuesday she has serious doubts about Gov. Doug Ducey's timeline for overhauling the state's complex school financing formulas.
- Rauner prepares closures, spending cuts if no budget deal Updated: Jun-02-15 6:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans Tuesday to close state facilities and curtail spending on childcare and senior services if there's no agreement on a state budget by July 1.
- Budget director: Missouri revenue collections up 7.5 percent Updated: Jun-02-15 6:52 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The state budget director says Missouri's general revenue collections are up 7.5 percent compared with 2014.
- Nevada Legislature ends session, decides several hot issues Updated: Jun-02-15 6:25 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers wrapped up their 120-day legislative session after passing a major tax hike and a budget with significant new investments in education.
- Cuomo, NY Democratic Party push to renew tax cap Updated: Jun-02-15 6:09 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is renewing his push for lawmakers to extend a cap on local property taxes.
- Stocks drop as energy gains are offset by utilities slump Updated: Jun-02-15 6:08 pm
NEW YORK - The stock market remains stuck in a rut.
- Another business says budget could force reduced investments Updated: Jun-02-15 6:08 pm
RIDGEFIELD, Connecticut - Another company has criticized tax increases proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democratic-run legislature, saying the state budget plan could force a halt to investments in Connecticut.
- Dormitory at Ohio megachurch can keep its tax exemption Updated: Jun-02-15 5:52 pm
AKRON, Ohio - A court says a dormitory associated with a televangelist's Ohio megachurch qualifies for a tax exemption because it facilitates public worship by providing free lodging for people attending services.
- Budget-writing committee unlikely to finish work this week Updated: Jun-02-15 5:50 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker's hopes are fading for a quicker-than-normal passage of the state budget, even as Republican legislative leaders met privately Tuesday with individual lawmakers to try and broker a deal on outstanding issues including roads funding and financing a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.
- House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits Updated: Jun-02-15 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON - A GOP-controlled House panel Tuesday approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama's 7 percent budget boost for the military. The move came over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment.
- Pollution agency oversight board may be out in budget deal Updated: Jun-02-15 4:29 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Environmental groups are hoping to preserve a citizen oversight board at the state's pollution control agency, but it may be too late.