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  • Key House chairman rejects Senate highway aid plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans won't support a plan by Senate Democrats to prevent states from facing a cutoff of federal highway and transit aid this summer, a key House committee chairman warned Wednesday, saying the proposal would force a tax increase. Rep. David Camp, a Michigan...

  • Missouri governor vetoes, freezes $1b of spending

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed or froze more than $1.1 billion in spending Tuesday, citing concerns about declining revenues and the potential for new tax breaks to drain state dollars even further.

  • House panel approves $29.1b GOP budget plan for Pennsylvania

    Republicans on the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a spending blueprint that would hold the line on taxes, but would scale back increases for education and human services proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett while relying heavily on the unlikely sell-off of the state's...

  • Judge to hear arguments over pension contributions

    A judge is set to hear arguments over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to use pension payments to balance the budget.

  • Brown signs bill to fully fund teachers' pensions

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a long-term plan to pay down California's $74 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities. The governor signed AB1469 by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda on Tuesday. The move was largely a formality because...

  • Democrats send Sen. Ted Cruz a bill for last year's government shutdown

    Either Democrats are still not over last October's government shutdown or they're seriously out of campaign ideas, because they just sent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a bill for $24 billion - the estimated cost of the shutdown.

  • Senate measure proposes $2 entry fee hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel moved on Tuesday to increase the fee paid by travelers who enter the U.S. by commercial sea and air carriers by $2. The provision would be used to pay for 1,000 new Customs agents and is attached to a $47 billion measure funding the budget of the Homeland...

  • New Mexico OKs $1 million investment settlement

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will receive $1 million from a private equity firm to settle allegations that political connections to former Gov. Bill Richardson improperly influenced the awarding of a public investment deal, the State Investment Council announced Tuesday. Markstone Capital...

  • Senate Democrats unveil $9B for highway bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have unveiled a $9 billion plan to prevent states from facing a cutoff of federal highway construction money as early as this summer. Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., proposed the measure, which would raise taxes on heavy trucks as part of a...

  • Va.-led transportation group gets federal funding

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia-led consortium on transportation research is getting $5 million in federal funding. U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center includes the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and...

  • Va. House tosses out McAuliffe's Medicaid veto

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates tossed out a pair of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's line-item budget vetoes Monday while a new Republican majority took control of the state Senate. House Speaker William J. Howell ruled during a legislative veto session that two of...

  • Obama's deficient plan for student loans

    The government normally doesn't care whether you or I accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic vacations. But President Obama feels no hesitation in concluding that the cost of higher education has placed "too big a debt load on too many young people." Therefore,...

  • California expands Medi-Cal while continuing cuts

    California has been praised by health advocates for its early embrace of the federal health care expansion, but the new state budget has raised questions about its commitment to getting the poorest residents into doctors' offices and dentists' chairs.

  • Rhode Island General Assembly adjourns for 2014

    Rhode Island's General Assembly adjourned for the year early Saturday after pushing through legislation outlining a plan to expand gambling in Newport and scores of other bills, including one suspending the use of standardized tests as a graduation requirement.

  • Thad Cochran's porking helps K Street but not Mississippi

    Mississippi voters can help their state's economy this Tuesday by sending Sen. Thad Cochran into retirement.

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