Senate president: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill

U.S. 06/25/19, 14:54

The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren't enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and left other key issues such as the state budget in limbo. The disclosure prompted young climate activists in the Senate ...

Hawaii budget includes $13M for Waikiki Beach restoration

U.S. 06/09/19, 21:48

The state budget passed by the Hawaii Legislature includes funding for repairs at Waikiki Beach, officials said.The legislature approved about $13 million for improvements to the crumbling Royal Hawaiian seawall and other man-made structures at the state's most visited beach, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday."This is the largest appropriation for ...

Kansas lawmakers settle fiscal issues amid Medicaid protest

Business 05/29/19, 16:59

Republican legislators on Wednesday reversed actions by Kansas' Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldn't save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed by a loud protest in favor of expanding Medicaid.The GOP-controlled Legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's vetoes ...

Massachusetts Senate debates $42.7B state budget plan

Health 05/21/19, 15:56

The Massachusetts Senate debated a proposed $42.7 billion annual state budget Tuesday as nursing home advocates, college students and others crowded Statehouse corridors appealing to legislators for additional funding.Senators were expected to consider hundreds of amendments to the spending plan over several days. The budget will then have to be ...

New spending in California Gov. Newsom’s revised budget

California 05/09/19, 17:51

California Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a $213.5 billion state spending plan Thursday that boosts the states reserves and invests in education, wildfires and more. Its $4.5 billion larger than the budget plan the Democrat introduced in January. He'll now negotiate with lawmakers. Here's a look at what's new: RESERVES Newsom wants to spend ...

California governor to reveal updated spending plan

U.S. 05/09/19, 00:10

California is flooded with money and Gov. Gavin Newsom will outline how he thinks the nation's most populous state should spend it Thursday when he releases a revised version of his $200 billion-plus state budget.The Democratic governor has already proposed new spending to expand health care for young immigrants living ...

California governor wants to end tax on tampons, diapers

California 05/07/19, 17:22

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, unveiled Tuesday what they call a "parents' agenda," including proposals to end the sales tax on tampons and diapers and to use revenue from legal marijuana sales to expand child care programs."The governor and I are proud parents of four ...

Advocates highlight health care worker shortage

Health 05/06/19, 14:41

New Hampshire's shortage of health care workers threatens both the health of the economy and individuals going without needed care, advocates said at a Statehouse rally Monday.With roughly 2,000 job vacancies in hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes and other health care settings across the state, advocates are pushing for ...

GOP thwarts governor’s push to expand Medicaid in Kansas

Politics 05/05/19, 08:17

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas this year died Saturday when enough moderate Republicans bowed to the wishes of the GOP-controlled Legislature's conservative leaders and ended an impasse that had tied up the state budget. The House voted 79-45 in favor of an $18.4 billion spending blueprint ...

Update: No Medicaid plan as Kansas lawmakers adjourn

Business 05/05/19, 03:17

The Latest on an impasse in Kansas over the state budget and Medicaid expansion (all times local):3:15 a.m.The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature has wrapped up most of its business for the year without passing a plan to expand Medicaid in Kansas as Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly wanted.Republican members of the Kansas ...

Update: New Kansas budget plan removes hospital funds

Business 05/03/19, 21:44

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debate on Medicaid expansion and the next state budget (all times local):9:40 p.m.Republican lawmakers in Kansas have produced a new budget proposal in an impasse over Medicaid expansion that would remove extra state dollars for hospitals and could cost them $250 million in federal ...

Medicaid expansion backers in Kansas to try to block budget

Business 05/03/19, 13:52

Kansas lawmakers who support expanding Medicaid promised Friday to try to block passage of the next state budget in a high-stakes standoff designed to force the Legislature's conservative Republican leaders to allow an expansion plan backed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.Kelly's election last year raised hopes that Kansas would join ...

Washington lawmakers pass tax bills ahead of adjournment

Business 04/27/19, 18:46

Washington lawmakers were moving closer Saturday to passing a new a new, two-year state budget that looks to increase spending on K-12 and higher education as well as the state's behavioral health system.The proposed $52.4 billion budget relies on more than $800 million in new revenue, including an increase in ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers return with pot, rent on the agenda

New York 04/27/19, 17:56

In New York state government news, lawmakers are returning to Albany to begin the final two months of the legislative session, and bills to legalize recreational marijuana will top the agenda.Meanwhile, a Senate investigations committee is making it easier for the public to suggest topics for future scrutiny.A look at ...

Indiana action on teacher pay, hate crimes faulted by some

Sports 04/27/19, 12:45

Indiana Republican leaders started this year's legislative session with calls to boost the state's lagging teacher pay and adopt a hate crimes law.The GOP-dominated Legislature took action on both topics, although Democrats and advocacy groups say the steps fell short of what was needed. Republicans declared the four-month session that ...

Budget leads major issues in Florida Legislature’s last week

U.S. 04/27/19, 11:40

The Florida Legislature careens into its final scheduled week with a host of major issues still to be settled, including a roughly $90 billion state budget that is the only bill lawmakers are required to pass.House Speaker Jose Oliva said an agreement on the budget should be reached by Tuesday, ...

Indiana budget with $2 billion in reserves draws criticism

Business 04/25/19, 17:01

Indiana's newly approved state budget anticipates the state keeping $2 billion in cash reserves, which Republican leaders maintain keeps the state protected in case of an economic recession.The budget plan approved Wednesday night in votes along party lines projects that the reserves will amount to at least 11.5 percent of ...

Indiana lawmakers look to settle budget, gambling bills

Sports 04/24/19, 17:45

Indiana lawmakers continued negotiations Wednesday on final versions of a wide-ranging gambling bill and a proposal to start taxing the liquids used in electronic cigarettes as they near the expected end of this year's legislative session. House and Senate leaders aim to wrap up the session Wednesday night with votes on ...

GOP plan boosts Indiana schools by 2.5% over next 2 years

Sports 04/23/19, 18:09

Top Indiana Republicans are touting their state budget plan that increases base school funding by 2.5% percent each of the next two years as making strides toward improving teacher pay.Gov. Eric Holcomb joined GOP legislative leaders Tuesday and announced a budget deal that's expected to be approved Wednesday as this ...

School money, gambling decisions near for Indiana lawmakers

U.S. 04/20/19, 10:35

Just how much additional money will go toward Indiana schools is a top unanswered question as the General Assembly nears the end of this year's legislative session.Lawmakers could wrap up the session as early as Wednesday but negotiations on the new two-year state budget and other issues could delay completion ...

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