- Kasich signs $71B, 2-year budget after vetoing 44 items Updated: Jun-30-15 10:13 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday signed a $71.2 billion, two-year state budget that continues his expansion of the Medicaid health program and provides an income-tax cut.
- Firefighter deaths leave financial toll on Prescott Updated: Jun-30-15 10:07 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Until tragedy hit two years ago, the central Arizona city of Prescott had a unique status as the only municipality with an elite wildfire Hotshot crew.
- Pennsylvania governor to veto entire Republican budget bill Updated: Jun-30-15 9:53 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he will veto the Republican-crafted spending plan that the GOP's huge majorities in the state Legislature sent to him just hours before the state government's fiscal year ended.
- Gov. Jay Inslee to sign new two-year state budget Updated: Jun-30-15 9:50 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee was expected to sign Tuesday a $38.2 billion two-year state operating budget that cuts tuition for college students and puts more money toward the state's K-12 education system.
- The Latest: Pennsylvania governor to veto GOP's budget bill Updated: Jun-30-15 9:31 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The latest news from efforts by Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to send various pieces of major legislation to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk (all times local):
- Gov. Inslee signs recreational marijuana reform bill Updated: Jun-30-15 9:11 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Washington state's recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
- Cullerton pitches property tax freeze, school funding fix Updated: Jun-30-15 8:44 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Senate President John Cullerton is proposing legislation to freeze property taxes for two years and overhaul the way Illinois funds schools.
- Prevailing wage, Bucks arena won't be in budget Updated: Jun-30-15 8:42 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Details of an agreement on major budget issues reached by Republicans on Tuesday:
- Governor signs $8.67 billion state budget for fiscal 2016 Updated: Jun-30-15 8:38 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an $8.67 billion state budget on Tuesday that is intended to increase education spending for the state's youngest school children, trim the tax bill for many retirees and spur job growth.
- Republicans reach deal to end Wisconsin budget impasse Updated: Jun-30-15 8:34 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that drops a financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium and changes to the prevailing wage law, co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee said Tuesday.
- Democrats propose 1-month budget; Rauner ready to nix it Updated: Jun-30-15 8:23 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared ready Tuesday to reject a Democratic proposal aimed at keeping state services functioning for another month, leaving the state without a way to pay bills and leading to questions about what will happen Wednesday morning.
- Bucks arena, prevailing wage may come in special session Updated: Jun-30-15 8:19 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature may vote on a financing deal for a Milwaukee Bucks arena and changes to the prevailing wage law in a special session.
- At last, de Blasio takes off gloves and hits back at Cuomo Updated: Jun-30-15 8:17 pm
NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio, who 18 months ago in his inaugural address pledged to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with his one-time boss and friend of more than two decades Gov. Andrew Cuomo, revised his opinion of him on Tuesday in a highly unusual and extraordinarily personal news conference.
- All counties in Kansas allowing same-sex marriage licenses Updated: Jun-30-15 7:58 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in all 105 Kansas counties Tuesday, but the state wasn't yet allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver's licenses or file joint income tax returns.
- Maine lawmakers override LePage's veto of $6.7B state budget Updated: Jun-30-15 7:46 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers overturned Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the $6.7 billion state budget Tuesday as they raced through dozens of remaining bills so they could head home to their districts for the summer.
- Michigan Senate panel OKs 15-cent gas tax hike for roads Updated: Jun-30-15 7:38 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A Republican-led Senate committee approved a $1.4 billion-plus road-funding plan Tuesday that would raise the state gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon and trim the income tax if Michigan's general revenues rise above inflation in any given year.
- Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment Updated: Jun-30-15 7:17 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone.
- New taxes, K-12 funding expansion on horizon Updated: Jun-30-15 7:08 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - After a tumultuous and rollicking Nevada legislative session, nearly half of the 549 bills signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval will take effect on Wednesday.
- Gov. Haley vetoes 87 SC budget items tallying $30 million Updated: Jun-30-15 6:59 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley thanked legislators Tuesday after issuing 87 budget vetoes that strike $30 million from the Legislature's budget package.
- Excerpts from editorials by Illinois newspapers Updated: Jun-30-15 6:56 pm
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- Malloy: It's "too early to tell" if pay raises will be nixed Updated: Jun-30-15 6:47 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says it's "a little early to tell" whether a reduction in a state salary account will lead to state employees foregoing future pay raises.
- Kansas collects $22M less in taxes than expected this month Updated: Jun-30-15 6:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas collected about $22 million less in taxes than anticipated this month, ending the fiscal year Tuesday with less of a cushion for its next budget, for which lawmakers boosted sales and cigarette taxes to keep it balanced.
- New laws taking effect Wednesday impact drivers, smokers Updated: Jun-30-15 5:59 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record.
- Growlers, new budget, tax cuts part of new Florida laws Updated: Jun-30-15 5:58 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida legislators passed more than 200 bills this year during their regular 60-day session and 19-day special session. Most of those bills take effect on Wednesday, the start of the state's fiscal year. One of the new laws, a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, is being blocked by a state judge.
- Tough budget decisions remain in Alaska Updated: Jun-30-15 5:46 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - It took two special sessions for Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state's available revenue.