- Paducah seeks to have City Hall named as historic place Updated: May-27-16 5:58 am
PADUCAH, Kentucky - Paducah city leaders are seeking to have City Hall be on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, a designation that could enable the city to receive historic tax credits for costly repairs to the building.
- Governor asks agencies to trim budgets Updated: May-27-16 4:18 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking state agencies to trim their spending because of lower-than-expected tax collections.
- Oklahoma House must pass budget to avoid special session Updated: May-27-16 2:11 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature is meeting for its final day of the regular session with one big-ticket item left on the agenda - passage of a $6.8 billion budget bill to fund state government for the upcoming fiscal year.
- West Virginia lawmakers wrap 9th session day; no budget yet Updated: May-26-16 8:49 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Locked in a budget fight, West Virginia lawmakers have wrapped a ninth day of a special session without a budget plan.
- $208M in business tax break applications stalled by governor Updated: May-26-16 8:38 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An estimated $208 million in property tax breaks for businesses was stalled Thursday at the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards.
- Senate OKs amendment making changes to drivers licenses Updated: May-26-16 7:56 pm
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Senate has approved an amendment that aims to bring the state into compliance with REAL ID, a federal program that sets new requirements for driver's licenses and other identification cards.
- Walker's tax proposals land with thud in Alaska Legislature Updated: May-26-16 7:42 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker's newly repackaged tax proposals have landed with a thud in the Alaska Legislature, with criticism over having all the pieces rolled together and questions about the overall impact.
- A day after the shouting, GOP and Democrats back talking Updated: May-26-16 7:35 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A day after Republicans booed and yelled at Illinois House Democrats for passing their own budget without GOP input, leaders from both parties and the governor resumed talks Thursday on how to end an 11-month budget stalemate.
- Fate of automatic tobacco tax hike in Dayton's hands Updated: May-26-16 6:29 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Cigarette smokers in Minnesota would catch a break if Gov. Mark Dayton signs into law a tax package that includes a provision rolling back automatic hikes in the state's tobacco tax.
- GOP targets Democrats who voted 'yes' on Illinois budget Updated: May-26-16 5:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois House Republicans are launching automated phone calls blasting Democrats who voted for a state spending plan they say would lead to a $7 billion budget deficit.
- Atlantic City rescue package goes to Christie Updated: May-26-16 5:37 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Chris Christie legislation to keep Atlantic City from running out of cash, throwing the financially strapped resort a life preserver just before the unofficial start to summer this weekend.
- University of Kentucky to lay off up to 75 people Updated: May-26-16 5:36 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - The University of Kentucky says it will lay off up to 75 people as part of a reorganization plan to cut $6 million in spending.
- Governor asking senators to strip all House budget changes Updated: May-26-16 4:55 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration asked state senators Thursday to scrap all the changes made to next year's nearly $26 billion budget by their colleagues in the House.
- Puerto Rico senators override veto, halt tax increase Updated: May-26-16 4:49 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's governor has lost a battle to increase a business-to-business tax and impose a transition to a value-added tax system amid an economic crisis.
- High court upholds lower court ruling voiding tax initiative Updated: May-26-16 4:47 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that struck down a ballot initiative that sought to limit taxes, with the high court ruling that the measure violated the state constitution's requirement that initiatives be limited to a single subject.
- Mich. Supreme Court rules against state workers in pay case Updated: May-26-16 4:40 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state in a dispute over a proposed 2011 raise for some public workers.
- Tax fraud police search McDonald's French headquarters Updated: May-26-16 4:27 pm
PARIS - French police have searched McDonald's headquarters outside Paris after a probe was opened for alleged aggravated tax fraud and money-laundering against the local branch of the fast-food company.
- Site, funding unresolved in Las Vegas NFL stadium plan Updated: May-26-16 4:24 pm
LAS VEGAS - A site for a proposed 65,000-seat retractable-roof stadium in Las Vegas is in question, as funding formulas are still being worked out for the project that could cost up to $1.6 billion.
- CDC urges speed on Zika as House moves to negotiate funding Updated: May-26-16 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible progress toward a congressional compromise on emergency funding to battle the virus.
- Wildlife troopers to sell law enforcement vessel Woldstad Updated: May-26-16 3:21 pm
KODIAK, Alaska - One of four large vessels used by Alaska State Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing enforcement will be sold for budget reasons.
- Funds for community colleges will rise slightly in budget Updated: May-26-16 2:16 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan's 28 community colleges will receive smaller funding increases than anticipated.
- Legislators agree to study moving Confederate Relic Room Updated: May-26-16 2:12 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Legislators aren't spending any money next fiscal year to display the Confederate flag sent to a museum last summer as they await an analysis on moving the entire museum to Charleston.
- Chicago Schools CEO leads Springfield rally over funding Updated: May-26-16 1:59 pm
CHICAGO - The head of Chicago Public Schools says the district has "reached the point of no return" and faces severe cuts without "equal" funding from the state.
- Indiana law change reduces state audits of local government Updated: May-26-16 1:50 pm
MUNCIE, Indiana - Local governments will see fewer audits due to a recent change in Indiana state law.
- Greece planning cautious return to bond markets in 2017 Updated: May-26-16 1:47 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Greece is planning a gradual return to international debt markets next year, a senior Finance Ministry said Thursday.