- Legislature approves $7.1 billion state budget, ends early Updated: May-22-15 7:36 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up work on a $7.1 billion budget and approved a bond issue for a pop culture museum in Tulsa on Friday before ending the 2015 legislative session one week early.
- New Army Reserve Center proposed for Starkville Updated: May-22-15 4:09 pm
STARKVILLE, Mississippi - An estimated $9.3 million is provided in an appropriations bill for a new Army Reserve Center in Starkville.
- Alabama's nearly $6B education budget nears final approval Updated: May-21-15 7:35 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama's nearly $6 billion education budget cleared a series of hurdles Thursday and is now nearing final approval.
- Oklahoma Senate to consider final approval of budget plan Updated: May-21-15 10:48 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Senate plans to debate a $7.1 billion budget plan to fund state government and services in the upcoming year.
- Snyder, lawmakers reach deal on budget framework Updated: May-20-15 7:11 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers agreed Wednesday on a framework for Michigan's next budget that includes spending $400 million in general funds for transportation infrastructure, weeks after voters rejected a sales tax increase to permanently trigger $1.2 billion more annually for road and bridge improvements.
- Winners and losers in the fiscal year 2016 Oklahoma budget Updated: May-20-15 10:20 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Budget negotiators for the Oklahoma House, Senate and Gov. Mary Fallin's office announced a $7.1 billion agreement Tuesday that funds state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
- House panel unveils $578.6 billion for defense spending Updated: May-19-15 11:31 am
WASHINGTON - The House panel that decides defense spending unveiled a $578.6 billion blueprint on Tuesday that fully funds a 2.3 percent pay raise for military men and women, prevents the retirement of the A-10 aircraft that protects ground troops and funds the U.S. fight against terrorism.
- Advocates say Legislature could do more to help homeless Updated: May-15-15 11:16 pm
HONOLULU - Advocates for homeless families are saying more work needs to be done to help Hawaii's growing homeless population and to build affordable housing, despite hopeful signs in the 2015 Legislative session.
- House speaker decries 'stupid question' about Amtrak funds Updated: May-14-15 6:43 pm
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that this week's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't caused by a lack of federal funds and mocked a reporter for even asking about it.
- House Speaker proposes raising gas taxes to help fund roads Updated: May-13-15 6:13 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter proposed a plan Wednesday to increase the amount of long-term funding available for road repairs in Michigan, just over a week after voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales tax referendum that would have helped pay for them.
- New Mexico public defender complains to judges about budget Updated: May-12-15 1:05 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A budget crisis is preventing contract public defenders from being provided for indigent defendants who aren't jailed, an official said.
- Democrats roll out revised plan to cap carbon emissions Updated: May-11-15 6:18 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state Democrats are re-crafting Gov. Jay Inslee's ambitious plan to make industrial polluters pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, hoping their version could win over some businesses and others wary of its impacts.
- Ex-Oklahoma lawmaker challenges general appropriations bills Updated: May-11-15 12:35 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A former state lawmaker is challenging the constitutionality of legislation that has been the principal source of funding for state agencies and services for the past three years.
- State revenues surge, could save rainy-day fund from raid Updated: May-05-15 7:07 pm
PHOENIX - A new report from the Legislature's budget analysts shows an unexpected surge in corporate and individual income-tax payments last month that is expected to wipe out the need for a $132 million transfer from Arizona's rainy day fund to balance the current budget.
- 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.
- 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.