- Many Oklahoma employees get raises despite salary freeze Updated: Feb-07-16 12:04 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Thousands of Oklahoma state employees received pay raises last year and thousands more were hired despite warnings of an approaching budget shortfall and a personnel freeze ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin.
- Report: SC workers make less, pay more for benefits Updated: Feb-05-16 6:36 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A report on state workers' salaries shows they're underpaid compared with their counterparts in other states and local governments within South Carolina, plus they give up more of their paycheck for health care and retirement benefits than other public workers.
- Man sentenced in Wal-Mart check scam targeting hundreds Updated: Feb-04-16 4:50 pm
PITTSBURGH - A man who cashed $300,000 worth of counterfeit checks using personal information stolen by peeking over the shoulders of hundreds of Wal-Mart customers was sentenced to prison Thursday.
- NY Legislature weighing proposed raises for judges Updated: Feb-04-16 4:26 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's trial judges would get nearly $20,000 raises this year under an updated budget request from the judiciary.
- White Castle's mayor defends pay hikes Updated: Feb-03-16 7:22 pm
WHITE CASTLE, Louisiana - White Castle Mayor Jermarr Williams is defending several pay increases he received that have been publicly called into question by former Alderman Garnell Young.
- Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control Updated: Feb-03-16 4:55 pm
WASHINGTON - Responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation under legislation introduced Wednesday as part of an overhaul of how Washington oversees the aviation system.
- New Mexico Senate panel OKs measure for teacher raises Updated: Feb-03-16 1:54 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico teachers and some administrators at various levels would see minimum salaries increase under a pared-down proposal that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections about the push being an unfunded mandate.
- 37 public directors receiving combined raises of $215K Updated: Feb-02-16 5:08 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The leaders of 37 public agencies and colleges in South Carolina are getting combined raises of $215,000.
- Lake County sheriff seeks removal of jailed councilman Updated: Feb-02-16 4:48 pm
VALPARAISO, Indiana - The Lake County sheriff is asking the county's 12 state lawmakers to amend a state law to temporarily replace or remove East Chicago Councilman Robert Battle from office.
- Madison County prosecuting attorney gets $28K raise Updated: Feb-02-16 7:01 am
CANTON, Mississippi - Madison County's prosecuting attorney has received a $28,500 raise.
- Top Edwards budget adviser says he'll cut executive payroll Updated: Feb-02-16 6:51 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says he will cut spending on his office's executive staff, amid criticism that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is paying too much for his cabinet secretaries.
- Arkansas governor reports more than $73K in trips accepted Updated: Feb-01-16 7:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his wife accepted more than $73,000 in trips last year, with a nonprofit foundation and the state Republican Party picking up the tab for his three overseas trade missions, he reported in documents filed Monday.
- Full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual budget address Updated: Feb-01-16 7:21 pm
The full text of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to lawmakers on Monday:
- Romania offers Moldova aid to keep it solvent, and with West Updated: Jan-26-16 10:54 am
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania offered Moldova emergency economic aid and a loan of 60 million euros ($65 million) on Tuesday in hopes of preventing economic collapse and keeping the impoverished ex-Soviet republic on a pro-European course.
- Governor's tapping of college endowments raises alumni ire Updated: Jan-24-16 11:33 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is tapping college endowments to advance her policy agenda without taxpayers having to foot the bill, but the unconventional practice is raising the ire of some alumni, donors and lawmakers.
- Jackson County sues state over unpaid bills amid budget woes Updated: Jan-23-16 11:40 am
CARBONDALE, Illinois - Jackson County in southern Illinois is the latest local government to sue the state over unpaid bills caused by the lack of a state spending plan.
- Law keeps Idaho insurance CEO's salaries secret Updated: Jan-23-16 11:01 am
BOISE, Idaho - To hear Gregory Ferch tell it, the meeting was a moment of clarity. He discovered what he didn't know. What he couldn't know. Because the law would not let him.
- Controller seeks info from NC teachers' group on membership Updated: Jan-21-16 6:29 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A state official has given the North Carolina Association of Educators a little more time before members could be barred from having dues deducted from their public school paychecks.
- U of Illinois freezes in-state tuition for 2nd year Updated: Jan-21-16 5:38 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - University of Illinois trustees on Thursday agreed for a second straight year to freeze tuition for in-state students even as they learned the school drew $671 million from cash reserves to make up for the lack of state funding because of a budget deadlock.
- Brazil economy shed 1.5 million payroll jobs in 2015 Updated: Jan-21-16 5:18 pm
SAO PAULO - Brazil lost 1.5 million payroll jobs in 2015 amid a contracting economy that has led to high inflation and layoffs in the manufacturing and service sectors, the labor ministry said Thursday.
- Oil plunge upends state budget session in New Mexico Updated: Jan-20-16 9:00 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico lawmakers conferred with energy market experts and economists about plunging oil prices Wednesday as the Legislature crafts a new state budget that relies heavily on oil and natural gas revenues.
- Utah senator seeks to honor intern killed in crash Updated: Jan-17-16 2:56 pm
ST. GEORGE, Utah - A Utah lawmaker is seeking private donations for a tribute honoring a Washington City man who would have been his intern this legislative session.
- Disgraced former New Mexico secretary of state released Updated: Jan-17-16 11:53 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran completed a 30-day sentence on Sunday for using political campaign funds to fuel a gambling spree, walking out of a county jail on the outskirts of Santa Fe to begin five years of probation that includes conversations with school children and civic groups.
- Utah lawmaker earns $135K salary for public lands push Updated: Jan-15-16 6:42 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah-based nonprofit waging a full-time campaign for western states to take control of millions of acres of federal public lands spent almost half of its revenue on salaries for its co-founder, a Utah lawmaker, and his wife.
- Kurdish officials say they're facing financial crisis Updated: Jan-14-16 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Iraqi Kurds, who field one of the most effective ground forces fighting Islamic State militants, are urgently asking the U.S. to help ease their budget crisis made worse by slumping oil prices and 1.8 million people who have fled fighting in Iraq and Syria.