- State help sought to renovate iconic Superman building Updated: May-05-16 2:25 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Visible to passing motorists zipping through the state on Interstate 95, Rhode Island's tallest building has gone from icon to eyesore.
- Lawmakers seek to add groups exempt from property taxes Updated: May-05-16 2:17 pm
DOVER, Delaware - State lawmakers have introduced a bill to add three organizations to a select group of nonprofit groups specifically exempted under state law from having to pay local property taxes.
- House committee to hold hearing on DC home rule Updated: May-05-16 2:11 pm
WASHINGTON - A House committee has scheduled a hearing on District of Columbia home rule in the wake of the city's decision not to submit its budget to Congress for approval.
- Bullock releases 10 years of tax returns Updated: May-05-16 1:50 pm
HELENA, Montana - Gov. Steve Bullock has released 10 years of federal tax returns, partly to draw distinctions between himself and his Republican opponent, Greg Gianforte, in his bid for re-election.
- 3 council members protest against Philly sugary drink tax Updated: May-05-16 1:47 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Three city council members have come out against a sugary drink tax that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wants to use to fund a universal pre-kindergarten program and other initiatives.
- Correction: California Marijuana Legalization story Updated: May-05-16 1:17 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - In a story May 4 about a campaign to legalize marijuana in California, The Associated Press misspelled the surname of the state's lieutenant governor in one reference. He is Gavin Newsom, not Newson.
- Education cuts prompt revolt, despair in Oklahoma Updated: May-05-16 1:13 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma is accustomed to being at the back of the class in funding for public education: It ranks 48th among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia in teacher pay and 49th in spending per student.
- Arkansas lawmakers approve $5.3B budget for coming year Updated: May-05-16 12:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval to the state's $5.3 billion budget for the coming year and are now preparing for another session on highway funding.
- St. Louis program offers vacant lots to neighbors for $125 Updated: May-05-16 12:10 pm
ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis program announced Thursday aims to address the problem of abandoned properties by giving neighbors an opportunity to obtain them at a bargain price.
- Mississippi taxes lag $85M in April amid Revenue Dept. cuts Updated: May-05-16 11:00 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi tax collections fell more than $85 million short of expectations in April. Officials say that's partly because a Department of Revenue staffing shortage slowed the process of depositing checks.
- Idaho sees spike in tourism, officials say Updated: May-05-16 10:58 am
LEWISTON, Idaho - Idaho is on track to collect a record-high in lodging taxes this year as the state sees a spike in tourism.
- Jackson and sales tax panel at odds over spending authority Updated: May-05-16 10:43 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Jackson City Council is borrowing $11 million for water treatment improvements, but the leader of an oversight commission says the city can't repay the loan using sales tax money without that panel's OK.
- GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy Updated: May-05-16 10:39 am
WASHINGTON - If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.
- 2 Illinois state parks reopen after donor pays electric bill Updated: May-05-16 10:36 am
EFFINGHAM, Illinois - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area and Horseshoe Lake State Park have reopened after a donor paid to turn the electricity back on.
- Powerball drives up Louisiana lottery's sales in January Updated: May-05-16 4:18 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot in January significantly boosted Louisiana's lottery ticket sales, giving the state lottery its best sales month ever.
- With budget gap, Saginaw County plans to rent out jail cells Updated: May-05-16 2:40 am
SAGINAW, Michigan - Saginaw County officials plan to rent out jail cells to other jurisdictions in an effort to cover an expected budget shortfall, instead of putting a property tax increase before voters.
- Ex-Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, ousted in tea party wave, has died Updated: May-05-16 1:13 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, who shied away from the spotlight but earned a reputation as someone who knew how to get things done in Washington, has died. He was 82.
- Connecticut budget battle goes into extra innings Updated: May-05-16 12:42 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Democratic leaders scrapped plans Wednesday evening to push through an 11th-hour budget deal on the final day of the legislative session, acknowledging there was not enough time to pass the bill before a fast-approaching midnight adjournment.
- The Latest: Connecticut lawmakers return May 12 for vote Updated: May-05-16 12:27 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Latest on the plans by Connecticut lawmakers to pass a last-minute budget deal for the new fiscal year (all times local):
- Budget passed, Legislature rushing to pass bills and adjourn Updated: May-04-16 11:00 pm
PHOENIX - With a state budget passed, the Arizona Legislature on Wednesday began rushing to complete its yearly work by the end of the week, considering dozens of the hundreds of bills that still need votes.
- Flint official takes deal, pledges to cooperate in probe Updated: May-04-16 7:33 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A Flint municipal official struck a deal with prosecutors Wednesday, pledging cooperation in exchange for reduced charges as authorities continue investigating lead contamination of the impoverished Michigan city's drinking water supply.
- Analysis adds fuel to fight over Illinois school funding Updated: May-04-16 7:32 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on Wednesday released an analysis of a Democratic plan to change the way Illinois funds education, prompting more Republican criticism that it's a "major bailout" for Chicago Public Schools and fueling an increasingly contentious election-year fight.
- Senate returns $7.5B budget that includes 4 percent raises Updated: May-04-16 7:15 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Senate has approved a $7.5 billion state budget that puts an additional $300 million into K-12 education, covers the state's expenses from last fall's historic flooding and provides $40 million in grants to flood-devastated farmers.
- Michigan Senate passes budget plan with 2 prison closures Updated: May-04-16 7:09 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Senate approved a near-$55 billion spending plan Wednesday that would close two of the state's 32 prisons and move inmates to a privately-owned facility, moves that are at odds with the House and Gov. Rick Snyder.
- North Carolina budget writers agree how much to spend in '17 Updated: May-04-16 7:01 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have agreed on how much the state should spend next year. It appears to resolve early an issue that tripped up budget negotiations last year and led to a General Assembly session lasting eight months.