- Gov. Inslee orders state budget negotiations in his office Updated: May-28-15 11:48 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered a second special legislative session to convene Friday and told lawmakers working on the state's more than $38 billion two-year operating budget he wants them to move their negotiations to his office, starting Monday morning.
- Report: Rauner schools czar paid through agency facing cuts Updated: May-28-15 12:49 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying the hefty salary of his new education secretary from the budget of the state human services agency, where he recommended millions of dollars in cuts to programs aimed at dealing with autism, epilepsy and burials for the indigent, according to records that the Chicago Sun-Times obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
- Brownback looks at possible worker furloughs amid budget row Updated: May-27-15 7:05 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's office is working to determine when it would have to inform state workers they would be furloughed if a budget is not passed on time, the governor's spokeswoman said Wednesday.
- Nigeria paying $800 million to oil suppliers to end crisis Updated: May-26-15 5:28 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's outgoing government has agreed to pay a debt of $800 million to resolve a months-long fuel crisis crippling the economy days before the inauguration of a new president in the country, oil suppliers said Wednesday.
- What to watch: Crunch time calm; texting while driving bill Updated: May-24-15 9:07 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The closing days of Texas' legislative session usually mean political chaos, with some lawmakers scrambling to finalize pet proposed legislation and others working just as hard to block bills they despise.
- Law fails to stop Illinois schools from fattening pensions Updated: May-23-15 2:29 pm
CHICAGO - A 2005 state law has failed to discourage many Illinois school districts from using large pay raises to fatten the pensions of retiring educators, according to a newspaper examination of state records.
- Up & Down in Texas politics: Tax cuts; crunch time calm Updated: May-23-15 12:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott used his January inaugural address to promise "lasting" property tax cuts.
- 5 Cabinet directors' salaries increasing by total of $62,000 Updated: May-19-15 7:28 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Five of Gov. Nikki Haley's Cabinet directors will collectively see their salaries increase by about $62,000, as per the Republican governor's recommendations.
- Gov. Inslee donating raise to school fundraising site Updated: May-19-15 5:45 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee says that he's donating his pay raise to a fundraising site that helps with school expenses.
- FTC: Family raised $187M for cancer, spent it on themselves Updated: May-19-15 1:40 pm
WASHINGTON - A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.
- The Latest: Idaho lawmakers approve child-support bill Updated: May-18-15 9:28 pm
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- Wolf administration takes shot at Senate GOP pension bill Updated: May-18-15 9:11 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf's administration fired a new volley Monday against a Senate Republican bill to overhaul benefits in Pennsylvania's two big public employee pension systems, saying that they voted to line their own pockets.
- Elected state officials in Montana to see pay increases Updated: May-18-15 3:24 pm
HELENA, Montana - Elected state officials in Montana from the governor to district judges will receive automatic pay raises on July 1 based on average salaries from surrounding states.
- Senate votes to override Fallin veto of pay bill Updated: May-15-15 7:11 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Senate has overridden Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a bill to change how future elected state officials are paid.
- Judge: McDonald's workers can sue over costly payroll cards Updated: May-15-15 6:58 pm
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania - A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has ruled that more than 2,000 people can take the owners of 16 McDonald's restaurants to court over their practice of paying employees with fee-laden debit cards.
- Cuomo sides with NYC police, fire unions on disability pay Updated: May-14-15 11:28 pm
NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he stands behind police and fire unions in a fight to increase the benefits city uniformed workers will receive if they're seriously injured on the job.
- Board approves raises for Washington state lawmakers, others Updated: May-13-15 6:01 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - A state salary-setting board voted Wednesday to give Washington lawmakers a raise along with the governor and several other state officials.
- Panel votes to raise Arkansas prosecutors' salaries Updated: May-13-15 5:32 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An Arkansas commission quickly approved raising full-time prosecutors' salaries by 23 percent on Wednesday, a move that's drawn a relatively muted response compared to the public backlash over pay increases granted other elected officials earlier this year.
- Benghazi prompts CIA to look at expanding survivor benefits Updated: May-13-15 12:43 pm
WASHINGTON - The family of a CIA operative killed in the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Libya is in talks with the spy agency to expand survivor benefits for relatives of contractors who die in the line of duty.
- Michigan panel urges lawmakers to give justices raises Updated: May-13-15 10:38 am
LANSING, Michigan - A panel is recommending that lawmakers give 3 percent raises to Michigan Supreme Court justices in 2017 and 2018.
- Opelousas board gives new mayor $9,000 raise Updated: May-13-15 8:16 am
OPELOUSAS, Louisiana - The Opelousas Board of Aldermen have approved a $9,000 annual raise for Mayor Reggie Tatum after spirited debate that touched on mayors' salaries across the state and whether the new mayor has earned it.
- McCrory, legislators talk incentives, budget with NC Chamber Updated: May-12-15 8:22 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Gov. Pat McCrory says the legislature must pass his proposed economic incentives so it can stay competitive with surrounding states for jobs and extend prosperity. House Speaker Tim Moore wants to help rural counties experience the economic recovery, too. And Senate leader Phil Berger says tax rates must continue to fall.
- Salary increase proposed for Gretna mayor, police chief Updated: May-12-15 6:08 am
GRETNA, Louisiana - Gretna officials say the city's booming economy may allow for a 29 percent salary increase for Mayor Belinda Constant and Police Chief Arthur Lawson. The pay raises would be the first for the city's mayor and police chief in eight years.
- California governor, other top officials get 3 percent raise Updated: May-11-15 8:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown and other California leaders already making six-figure salaries got a raise on Monday for the third year in a row.
- Alaska Editorials Updated: May-11-15 6:27 pm
Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers: