- Measure would deny University of Missouri system funds boost Updated: Feb-11-16 1:01 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The University of Missouri system's budget would be frozen under a spending plan passed by in a House committee, whose chairwoman blamed the system for not properly handling of recent race-related protests.
- Lawmakers vote to approve revenue targets for budgeting Updated: Feb-10-16 8:14 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A group of South Dakota lawmakers approved a roughly $1.48 billion target for general state revenues in the upcoming budget year Wednesday, the same day the state economist said he expects slow, but continued economic growth.
- House delays vote on sales tax hike for raising teacher pay Updated: Feb-10-16 7:18 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Education advocates plan to use an extra handful of days pressing lawmakers to support Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed half-cent sales tax hike for increasing teacher pay after House legislators postponed a vote Wednesday on the bill.
- Prison chief asks House to keep same budget, make no cuts Updated: Feb-10-16 6:15 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The head of Mississippi's prison system is asking the Legislature not to make any cuts to the department's budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1.
- UConn warns cuts could lead to closing regional campuses Updated: Feb-10-16 2:47 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The leaders of Connecticut's public colleges and universities asked lawmakers Wednesday to spare their schools major budget cuts, warning that more reductions could mean the elimination of academic and athletic programs and even shuttering some campuses.
- Ryan, Republicans grapple with alternative to Obama budget Updated: Feb-10-16 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON - Meet the new boss. Confronting the same tea party challenges as the old boss.
- Mississippi education leaders seek 8 percent budget increase Updated: Feb-09-16 6:51 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson said lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.
- Wyoming corrections chief: $85 million to fix Rawlins prison Updated: Feb-09-16 3:30 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Fixing structural problems at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins will cost $85 million, the state's corrections chief told state lawmakers Tuesday.
- Sales tax hike for teacher pay passes state House committee Updated: Feb-08-16 7:01 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - The half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's teacher pay plan passed its first legislative test Monday, but it now faces a competing push from the House Republican leader to increase salaries without raising taxes.
- Governor: Lawmakers should support infrastructure, Medicaid Updated: Feb-08-16 2:40 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Despite the downturn in energy prices, Wyoming remains strong and must invest in infrastructure projects and accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to keep moving forward, Gov. Matt Mead told lawmakers in his state of the state address Monday.
- Wyoming lawmakers facing falling revenues in budget session Updated: Feb-06-16 1:04 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Only a few senior Wyoming lawmakers have served long enough to remember the last time the Legislature had to make hard decisions on how to cut spending.
- Group denounces locked-door meeting of New Mexico lawmakers Updated: Feb-05-16 8:08 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says a House appropriations committee locked out the public from a meeting on the state budget.
- Plan to spin off air traffic control generates turbulence Updated: Feb-02-16 12:24 pm
WASHINGTON - The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world - and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.
- Teachers winners, smokers losers in Oklahoma budget proposal Updated: Feb-01-16 7:06 pm
Gov. Mary Fallin's $6.99 billion budget proposal for next year is only $52 million less than that of the current fiscal year and relies on revenue "enhancements" and "adjustments" to overcome what could become a $1 billion budget hole. Here are the winners and losers in the governor's budget plan:
- Virginia spending more on development deals, GOP scrutinizes Updated: Feb-01-16 6:27 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - It's a key part of being Virginia's governor: using cash, tax breaks or other incentives to lure companies to expand or relocate in the Old Dominion.
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials Updated: Jan-27-16 6:00 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:
- University of Vermont seeks $44 million in state funding Updated: Jan-27-16 5:11 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The University of Vermont is seeking more than $44 million in state funding for fiscal year 2017, with the president telling legislative committees that the school is at a competitive disadvantage in attracting the best students and faculty compared to peer institutions that have received state funding increases.
- Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites Updated: Jan-27-16 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches.
- School officials concerned about proposed K-12 budget cuts Updated: Jan-27-16 12:51 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - A legislative committee's vote to recommend cutting state aid to K-12 schools is raising concern among some school district administrators across Wyoming.
- Mead hopes Legislature will not cut K-12 education funding Updated: Jan-23-16 12:48 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - Gov. Matt Mead said he disagrees with a state legislative committee's recommendations to cut K-12 school funding and an early childhood literacy program.
- Proposal qualifies all Arizona students for school vouchers Updated: Jan-22-16 2:50 pm
PHOENIX - An Arizona House proposal would remove limits on the state's school voucher program to allow every public school student to use state cash to attend a private school.
- Wyoming committee rejects Medicaid expansion proposal Updated: Jan-20-16 6:40 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A Wyoming legislative committee voted Wednesday to reject Gov. Matt Mead's suggestion that the state expand Medicaid to offer coverage to about 20,000 low-income residents.
- Attorney General defends executive actions on guns as legal Updated: Jan-20-16 1:10 pm
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama's executive actions curbing guns before Congress on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the president took lawful steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly.
- Michigan committee OKs $28 million for Flint water emergency Updated: Jan-20-16 10:36 am
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan lawmakers are moving quickly to approve Gov. Rick Snyder's request for $28 million more to address the drinking water crisis in Flint.
- Idaho budget committee moves $29 million from CAT fund Updated: Jan-15-16 4:11 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's state budget writers will move about $29 million from a program that helps cover hospital bills for emergency medical care in the general fund.