- INSIDE WASHINGTON: Ag groups seek exemption from scrutiny Updated: May-02-16 3:14 pm
NEW YORK - Congress is pushing the Agriculture Department to exempt the groups behind promotional campaigns like "Incredible, Edible Egg" and "Pork, the Other White Meat" from public scrutiny of their internal operations despite recent controversy.
- The Latest: Legislature done for weekend amid budget chaos Updated: Apr-30-16 12:48 am
PHOENIX - The Latest on legislative action an Arizona budget proposal (all times local):
- Ex-Montana Sen. Conrad Burns dies; influenced energy policy Updated: Apr-29-16 12:01 am
HELENA, Montana - Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81.
- Many lawmakers pan McCrory difference on teachers, workers Updated: Apr-27-16 6:26 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Gov. Pat McCrory's $22.3 billion budget proposal released Wednesday relies on slower Medicaid growth and a small revenue surplus to let him offer permanent pay raises to most teachers and avoid proposing spending cuts that have become routine since the Great Recession.
- Dems block spending bill in dispute over Iran nuclear deal Updated: Apr-27-16 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Democrats on Wednesday blocked the Senate's first spending bill of the year in a last-minute fight over a Republican effort to undercut the Iran nuclear deal and scuttle U.S. plans to buy Iranian "heavy water."
- Carter calls Republican plan to shift wartime money flawed Updated: Apr-27-16 2:02 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter attacked as "another road to nowhere" a Republican plan that cuts $18 billion from the wartime operations account to pay for weapons and troops the Pentagon didn't request, kicking the battle over how much to spend on the U.S. military into high gear.
- Bloc of Idaho lawmakers often vote 'no' on appropriations Updated: Apr-25-16 2:54 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Every year a bloc of lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature votes against billions of dollars in spending for routine functions of state government, and this year was no exception.
- Tea party candidates vie for seats in Idaho primary election Updated: Apr-23-16 2:11 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The struggle inside the Republican establishment is once again raising its head in the battle over Idaho's most competitive legislative races in the May 17 primary election.
- Kansas governor's tobacco bonds plan draws strong criticism Updated: Apr-22-16 4:02 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is facing strong bipartisan criticism over his proposal to use bonds backed by tobacco settlement funds to help plug short-term budget gaps.
- GOP takes on Library of Congress on immigration terminology Updated: Apr-22-16 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress may not be able to reform the immigration system, fix the broken tax code or even pass a budget. But it's telling the Library of Congress how to label immigrants living in the country illegally.
- Budget the top worry as legislative session reaches midpoint Updated: Apr-22-16 1:55 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - As Louisiana lawmakers reach the halfway mark of their regular session, new abortion restrictions are advancing, the governor's main agenda items are questionable for passage and budget decisions are in limbo.
- Top Senate Republican: Zika funding to get floor vote Updated: Apr-21-16 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan measure to partially fund President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion request to combat the Zika virus will soon get a vote, a senior Senate Republican said on Thursday.
- Maine rep says bill harms chicken farmers' free speech Updated: Apr-21-16 12:29 am
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree says a spending bill approved by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee unfairly curtails the free speech rights of chicken farmers.
- The Latest: 2 of 3 people plead not guilty in Flint crisis Updated: Apr-20-16 5:25 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The Latest on the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):
- Stall on appropriations bill ends with Medicaid compromise Updated: Apr-20-16 3:14 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas House has passed a bill authorizing reimbursements for court officials and members of the Legislature for their travel expenses in the next fiscal year.
- Lawmakers propose lengthy repairs to Iowa Capitol dome Updated: Apr-20-16 11:15 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Lawmakers say they plan to spend about $10 million on repairs to the state Capitol dome.
- State committee OK's Health and Human Services budget Updated: Apr-19-16 5:31 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A state Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $25 billion budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
- Correction: Budget Update story Updated: Apr-18-16 9:50 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - In a story April 17 about the Mississippi budget, The Associated Press reported erroneously that State Rep. Sam Mims is from Lakeshore. Mims is from the city of McComb.
- Governor puts conditions on state money at Citrus Department Updated: Apr-17-16 3:01 am
WINTER HAVEN, Florida - Florida Department of Citrus officials have learned the $7.65 million of state general revenue it will get in the new 2016-17 budget comes with strings attached.
- Mississippi lawmakers at deadline to decide budget and bonds Updated: Apr-16-16 10:13 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi legislators said Saturday they'd reached an overall bargain on state spending, but they continued to haggle over how much the state would borrow and whether it would cut taxes in the upcoming budget year beginning July 1.
- The Latest: Bargain reached to slightly lower state spending Updated: Apr-16-16 10:07 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Latest on budget negotiations among Mississippi legislators (all times local):
- State funds for pharmacy school to lapse in July Updated: Apr-16-16 12:12 pm
HILO, Hawaii - The University of Hawaii is approaching a July deadline to commit millions in state-approved funds for its long-awaited pharmacy school in Hilo.
- Budget plan includes $7M to move, expand Portland VA clinic Updated: Apr-15-16 1:03 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A spending bill approved by the U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee includes about $7 million to relocate and expand a veterans' outpatient clinic in Portland, Maine.
- House Republicans miss budget deadline amid caucus divisions Updated: Apr-15-16 12:04 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans departed Washington on Friday having missed a deadline to pass their long-stalled budget and without appearing to revive it despite the embarrassment for the party and its new House Speaker Paul Ryan.
- Panel approves nearly $75M for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Updated: Apr-15-16 12:44 am
KITTERY, Maine - The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved nearly $75 million in funding for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.