- Financing plan for Medicaid expansion wins committee support Updated: May-04-15 12:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers have repeatedly refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program, siding with Gov. Bobby Jindal in opposition. But on Monday, they started advancing a proposal that would help pay for an expansion if Louisiana's next governor has any interest.
- Grissom museum welcomes $150,000 in new state budget Updated: May-04-15 4:04 am
BUNKER HILL, Indiana - Officials at the Grissom Air Museum are hailing state lawmakers' decision to include $150,000 for the facility in the state's new two-year budget.
- Oklahoma lawmakers focus on budget as Legislature nears end Updated: May-02-15 2:58 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - For the second straight year, Oklahoma's budget writers are scrambling to fill a significant shortfall in the state budget for the upcoming year as lawmakers enter the final month of the 2015 legislative session.
- Nebraska state budget bills advance after spending debate Updated: Apr-30-15 9:44 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to an $8.6 billion budget with new spending for property tax reductions, education and a controversial dental-school project in Omaha.
- Supreme Court to Legislature: Keep working on education plan Updated: Apr-30-15 9:22 pm
SEATTLE - The Washington Supreme Court told the state Legislature on Thursday it should keep working on its education plan.
- Committee passes plan that increases Connecticut taxes Updated: Apr-29-15 6:42 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The General Assembly's tax committee approved a Democratic plan on Wednesday that would increase personal income tax rates for high-earners, extend Connecticut's sales tax to more services and authorize the gambling game keno.
- Democrats highlight potential obstacles in Rauner budget Updated: Apr-29-15 6:18 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - With just weeks left before Illinois' 2016 budget must be passed, Democratic leaders and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner remain far apart on how to bridge a $6 billion revenue gap.
- Third legislative committee advances California vaccine bill Updated: Apr-28-15 9:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A third panel of state senators has passed a bill mandating that California schoolchildren be vaccinated in an effort to combat recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough.
- Connecticut GOP offers alternative budget, targets state OT Updated: Apr-24-15 4:23 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The minority party in the Connecticut General Assembly offered an alternative state budget proposal on Friday that replenishes many of the Democratic governor's controversial, proposed spending cuts while reducing state employee overtime and imposes a wage freeze next year.
- Proposed Kansas budget fixes touch hospitals, Medicaid firms Updated: Apr-23-15 4:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Hospitals in Kansas would pay higher fees and the state would capture projected savings from three companies managing its Medicaid proposals under new budget-balancing proposals that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outlined Thursday.
- Michigan House panel OKs $37.8 billion general budget bill Updated: Apr-22-15 7:21 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan House Appropriations Committee has passed a $37.8 billion general budget bill setting spending for state departments.
- VA chief calls House budget proposal 'inadequate' Updated: Apr-21-15 5:53 pm
WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee's plan to cut the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs by more than $1.4 billion next year will "cause veterans to suffer," VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday.
- Legislature not convinced on aid for schools with deficit Updated: Apr-19-15 11:32 am
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed $75 million for distressed school districts is facing skepticism from the House and Senate as they work toward finalizing a state budget,.
- Snyder, Legislature take different routes on fee increases Updated: Apr-18-15 4:13 am
LANSING, Michigan - As part of his budget proposal, Gov. Rick Snyder asked the Legislature for new, increased or extended fees that would raise around $13.9 million in new revenue.
- Lagging state funding threatens South Bend bus services Updated: Apr-17-15 9:20 am
SOUTH BEND, Indiana - Olethea Ramsey stood outside the Transpo South Street station Wednesday afternoon, leaning against her zebra print wheeled backpack waiting for the No. 8 bus to arrive. She was on the second leg of her trip from her home to Ivy Tech Community College, where she is studying health care support.
- Illinois Dems question budget head over grant suspensions Updated: Apr-14-15 7:35 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's top budget aide says more funding could be suspended this year on top of tens of millions in social services and public health grants that were put on hold earlier this month.
- Rep. Herrera Beutler appointed to committee post Updated: Apr-13-15 10:26 am
VANCOUVER, Washington - U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has been appointed to serve as vice chairwoman of the Financial Services and Government Oversight Appropriations Subcommittee.
- Budget plans have millions for local criminal programs Updated: Apr-12-15 9:51 am
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana House and Senate have each proposed putting at least $80 million more toward county prison diversion programs over the next two years as part of the state's major overhaul of its criminal sentencing guidelines.
- University of Kentucky to pay $15K per month for lobbyist Updated: Apr-10-15 4:05 am
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - A Washington, D.C., lobbying firm will earn more than $500,000 during the next three years representing the University of Kentucky.
- House panel guts funds for North Dakota rail safety program Updated: Apr-09-15 2:40 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota House budget writers have stripped funding for a state-run rail safety program intended to supplement federal oversight of burgeoning oil train traffic after a string of accidents involving trains carrying crude.
- Legislative committee divided over LePage tax overhaul plan Updated: Apr-07-15 5:36 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Republicans and Democrats on a legislative committee said Tuesday that they agree the state should maintain revenue sharing and throw out Gov. Paul LePage's plan to tax nonprofits. But the two parties are divided over a variety of other pieces of the governor's ambitious tax overhaul plan.
- Education leader says Jindal budget guts student testing Updated: Apr-07-15 5:01 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's education superintendent asked lawmakers Tuesday to add money to his budget for standardized testing next year, saying Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal would wreck the state's ability to measure student performance.
- Brady wants to push university privatization discussion Updated: Apr-04-15 12:06 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - As Illinois' 12 public universities were planning last month for the possibility of steep funding cuts proposed by the state's new Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, a state senator quietly proposed legislation that would have gone much further: privatizing them all.