Government budgets

June 08, 2018 - 12:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House on Friday passed a $145 billion spending bill funding Energy Department and veterans' programs for the upcoming budget year. Approval of the measure came over the opposition of Democrats on a 235-179 vote that sent the three-bill bundle to the Senate,...
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In this June 5, 2018, photo, mathematics teacher Heather LaBelle, seated, shows Roger Baker how to gather signatures for the Invest in Education Act, a proposal to raise money on high earners to fund public education in Phoenix, Ariz. LaBelle, like many of the teachers in the #RedforEd movement that triggered a six-day statewide teacher walkout, says while improving teacher pay is one step toward better schools, more funding is needed for public education. (AP Photo/Melissa Daniels)
June 08, 2018 - 10:54 am
PHOENIX (AP) — On a sweltering Arizona evening under a park pavilion, math teacher Heather LaBelle handed out petitions for a ballot initiative that would increase taxes on wealthy residents to get funding for schools. Later that night, her school board voted to give her and her fellow teachers an...
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June 05, 2018 - 3:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has dropped a proposal to cut $252 million in leftover funding to fight the Ebola virus in Africa as it tries to revive a $15 billion package of spending cuts that has stalled on Capitol Hill. An Ebola outbreak in Congo led the administration to rethink the cuts...
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June 05, 2018 - 2:09 pm
ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city's board of education is warning its schools may have to close nearly two weeks early, saying it does not have the cash to meet payroll because of city budget cuts. Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti said Tuesday the threat to close schools is a bullying tactic and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo Austrian President Alexander Van Der Bellen, new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and new Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, from left, arrive for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative and a nationalist party in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)
June 05, 2018 - 4:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is urging the European Union to cut management costs as Vienna prepares to take over the bloc's rotating presidency next month. Austria is one country that has opposed a bigger EU budget. Brussels wants agreement on a 2021-2027 spending package...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican newcomers stunned Washington in the 2010 midterm election, sweeping into the House majority with bold and boisterous promises to cut taxes, slash spending and rollback what many viewed as Barack Obama’s executive overreach of the federal of government. Scott, the class president, objects to the “tea party” brand he says was slapped on the group by the media and the Obama administration. It’s a label some lawmakers now would rather forget. “We weren’t who you all said we were,” Scott said.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)
June 03, 2018 - 1:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican newcomers stunned Washington back in 2010 when they seized the House majority with bold promises to cut taxes and spending and to roll back what many viewed as Barack Obama's presidential overreach. But don't call them tea party Republicans any more. Eight years...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, center, addresses reporters outside his state Capitol office in Springfield, Ill. For years, Rauner has been ubiquitous on all things related to the Illinois budget. Not this year. Lawmakers whisked through a $38.5 billion spending plan this week with barely a mention of the Republican governor's name. Gone were the demands for business-friendly structural changes in exchange for budget which forced a historic stalemate for his first 2 and a half years in office. (AP Photo/John O'Connor File)
June 01, 2018 - 11:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' new state budget relies on more than $400 million in savings from a new pension buyout plan that finance experts caution is highly speculative and may not save as much money as lawmakers say. The budget sailed through the Legislature this week on a bipartisan vote, and...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2016 file photo, Spanish Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez makes a speech during a election rally on the last day of campaigning, in Madrid, Spain. Socialist opposition leader Pedro Sanchez is on the brink of ending Mariano Rajoy's more than six-year reign as Spanish prime minister in what would be the first ouster of a serving leader by parliament in four decades of democracy.(AP Photo/Paul White, File)
June 01, 2018 - 6:36 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Less than two years ago, the man who will become Spain's new prime minister was staring at the premature end of an unremarkable political career. The heavyweights of Spain's Socialists had forced Pedro Sanchez' removal as their leader. Back-to-back losses by the party in...
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Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, left, talks with supporters of Medicaid expansion as they celebrate a vote in the gallery of the Virginia Senate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
May 30, 2018 - 9:27 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday evening to a state budget expanding Medicaid coverage to the state's poor, ending years of partisan gridlock on the issue. The state Senate voted in favor of expansion after a full day of debate...
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State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, urges lawmakers to approve his measure to create a state-backed bank to handle the billions of dollars from the newly legal recreational marijuana market, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. By a bipartisan 29-6 vote the Senate approved the measure and sent it to the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 30, 2018 - 8:48 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved Wednesday to create a state-backed bank to handle the billions of dollars flowing from the newly legal recreational marijuana market. The world's largest legal recreational marijuana economy, created under a law that took effect this year, is...
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