Hochul announces budget outline as lawmakers continue to hash out details

[ad_1] ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the framework of a $237 billion budget that includes broad plans to drive new housing construction, address the influx of migrants and crack down on illegal marijuana shops. Hochul, a Democrat, described the announcement as the “parameters of a conceptual agreement” on the … Read more

Things to know when the Arkansas Legislature convenes to take up a budget and other issues

[ad_1] LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas lawmakers are convening at the Capitol and their top agenda item is taking up Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ $6.3 billion proposed budget for the coming year. The session also could include efforts to tweak or outright repeal a law dealing with cryptocurrency mining operations. Sanders, a Republican who took … Read more

Georgia teachers and state employees will get pay raises as state budget passes

[ad_1] ATLANTA — Pay raises for Georgia’s public school teachers and state employees were never in doubt politically from the moment Gov. Brian Kemp proposed them, but lawmakers finally clinched the deal on Thursday, passing a budget that also boosts spending on education, health care and mental health. Senators and represenatives worked out their differences … Read more

Virginia House leaders dispute governor’s claim that their consultant heaped praise on arena deal

[ad_1] RICHMOND, Va. — Top legislators in the Virginia House of Delegates are disputing Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s claim that an independent consultant they hired gave a clean bill of health to his proposal to lure two Washington sports teams to the city of Alexandria. Youngkin, a Republican, has hosted a series of campaign-style events in … Read more

Biden’s budget proposal for a second term offers tax breaks for families and lower health care costs

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday released a budget proposal aimed at getting voters’ attention: It would offer tax breaks for families, lower health care costs, smaller deficits and higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations. Unlikely to pass the House and the Senate to become law, the proposal for … Read more

Biden is issuing a budget plan that details his vision for a second term

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is issuing a budget plan Monday aimed at getting voters’ attention: tax breaks for families, lower health care costs, smaller deficits and higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations. Unlikely to pass the House and Senate to become law, the proposal for fiscal 2025 is an … Read more

Biden signs a package of spending bills passed by Congress just hours before a shutdown deadline

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Saturday signed a $460 billion package of spending bills approved by the Senate in time to avoid a shutdown of many key federal agencies. The legislation’s success gets lawmakers about halfway home in wrapping up their appropriations work for the 2024 budget year. The measure contains six annual … Read more

Congress passes first package of spending bills just hours before shutdown deadline for key agencies

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $460 billion package of spending bills in time to meet a midnight deadline for avoiding a shutdown of many key federal agencies, a vote that gets lawmakers about halfway home in wrapping up their appropriations work for the 2024 budget year. The measure contains six annual … Read more

Virginia budget bill leaves out governor’s $2 billion deal to lure NBA and NHL teams from Washington

[ad_1] RICHMOND, Va. — A proposal to lure the the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals to Alexandria took another big hit Thursday, when top Virginia lawmakers confirmed the budget they will take up later this week would not include language enabling the deal. The news does not necessarily mean the end of the … Read more

States promise to help disabled kids. Why do some families wait a decade or more?

[ad_1] TOPEKA, Kan. — When Lilly Miller was in elementary school, teachers told her parents they needed to immediately sign up their youngest daughter, who has Down syndrome, for a wait list so the state would pay for a day program when she grew up. The teachers predicted a six-year wait. The Millers have been … Read more