- Lawmakers ban cash for superintendents' group after election Updated: May-28-16 4:46 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - State lawmakers have made it illegal for school districts to spend any public money on the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, saying leaders of local school districts personally attacked state officials while they were seeking votes for a school funding initiative last year.
- The Latest: California predictable work schedule bill dies Updated: May-27-16 7:59 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):
- More Oklahoma cuts necessary after passage of $6.8B budget Updated: May-27-16 7:27 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned Friday after passing a $6.8 billion budget that will require most state agencies to absorb deeper cuts to deal with the remaining shortfall.
- The Latest: Oklahoma Legislature adjourns regular session Updated: May-27-16 6:08 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Latest on Oklahoma lawmakers wrapping up their regular legislative session (all times local):
- Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best Updated: May-27-16 4:53 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.
- GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over gay rights Updated: May-26-16 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON - Angry House conservatives voted down a routine spending bill Thursday in a fight over gay rights, underscoring the passions surrounding a social issue that is dividing the Republican Party and the nation in this election year.
- Senate committees back tuition cuts for 5 UNC campuses Updated: May-25-16 5:49 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A proposal to dramatically reduce tuition at five University of North Carolina campuses is inching forward in the General Assembly despite concerns from some senators and alumni who fear greater reliance on state funding will end up harming the schools down the road.
- Subsidies for Iron Range plant awaiting Gov. Dayton's OK Updated: May-25-16 3:01 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Iron Range officials hope to see Minnesota approve millions of dollars in subsidies for an unidentified wood siding manufacturer.
- Lawmakers, Snyder agree to framework of budget Updated: May-24-16 8:01 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Key Republican lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder's administration agreed Tuesday on the framework of a state spending plan that would direct $165 million more toward Flint's lead-tainted water crisis and significantly scale back a plan to address underground infrastructure needs across Michigan.
- The Latest: Framework of Michigan budget is set Updated: May-24-16 6:36 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Latest on the state budget (all times local):
- Illinois fights US spy agency decision to stay in St. Louis Updated: May-18-16 4:54 pm
ST. LOUIS - Illinois officials are aggressively fighting the preliminary decision to relocate a federal spy agency to a new site in St. Louis, rather than to a site across the Mississippi River in a suburban area of southern Illinois.
- Correction: Teacher Raises-Sales Taxes story Updated: May-18-16 12:33 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - In a story May 17 about a proposed cigarette tax increase, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the proposal would reduce planned cuts to Oklahoma's Medicare reimbursement rates. It would reduce planned cuts to the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates.
- House committee asserts budget power over DC government Updated: May-17-16 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON - A House committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would block the District of Columbia government from spending local tax dollars without approval by Congress.
- Oklahoma House committee rejects fuel tax increase measure Updated: May-17-16 4:32 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A proposal to increase Oklahoma's fuel taxes has been rejected by an Oklahoma House committee.
- GOP ekes out win on Library of Congress' immigration terms Updated: May-17-16 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans on a powerful House panel Tuesday narrowly defended a tea party-fueled move to tell the Library of Congress how to label immigrants living in the country illegally.
- Virginia budget leaders blast William & Mary tuition hike Updated: May-17-16 12:48 pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - Virginia budget leaders are criticizing the College of William and Mary's decision to go through with a 12 percent tuition hike for incoming freshmen in the next academic year, despite an increase in state funding in next year's budget.
- Inspector general financing restored in next year's budget Updated: May-12-16 8:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - An effort to eliminate the Louisiana inspector general's office failed to win House support Thursday, amid concerns about scrapping a government watchdog agency in a state with a history of public corruption problems.
- Senate approves $37.5B measure to fund energy, water Updated: May-12-16 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday approved a $37.5 billion measure to fund energy and water programs next year, the first of the 12 spending bills lawmakers must approve to keep the government operating.
- Providence city councilman arraigned on embezzlement charge Updated: May-11-16 3:43 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Providence city councilman has been arraigned on charges he misused campaign funds and embezzled more than $127,000 from a youth organization he founded.
- Tulsa Community College to eliminate 30 staff positions Updated: May-11-16 2:28 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa Community College is planning to eliminate 15 full-time and 15 part-time staff positions because of state funding cuts.
- Senate blocks measure to forbid buys of Iran 'heavy water' Updated: May-11-16 11:31 am
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday blocked a Republican effort aimed at undercutting last year's landmark international nuclear deal with Iran.
- NY comptroller calls for revised state fiscal practices Updated: May-11-16 10:59 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's comptroller is calling for changes in the state's fiscal practices to limit discretionary lump-sum spending, restrict spending by public authorities and impose a clear constitutional limit on state debt.
- DHS director defends decision over money for disabled people Updated: May-10-16 3:42 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The head of a state department on Tuesday said he didn't spend $750,000 on a disability program as intended by some Iowa lawmakers because his agency received unclear language in a budget bill about how to use the money.
- House budget committee backs cuts for legislative agencies Updated: May-10-16 1:32 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - House lawmakers are proposing to cut spending across legislative agencies next year, reversing course from an initial plan that would have shielded their budget from slashing.
- Oklahoma House passes legislation to capture new revenue Updated: May-09-16 4:01 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House has adopted legislation designed to capture about $125 million from a cash-flow reserve fund each year and make it available for lawmakers to spend.