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  • Here's the newest conservative alternative to the minimum wage

    A top conservative economist thinks he has found a way to take President Obama at his word, and ensure that no one working full time has to live in poverty -- while getting rid of the minimum wage.

  • Section of California high-speed rail line OK'd

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Plans for construction of a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield are official. The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1l1nG4Y) that the federal Surface Transportation Board announced the plans Tuesday in a detailed report of the...

  • Creditor opposes Detroit debt plan, says scrap it

    DETROIT (AP) — A major Detroit creditor on Tuesday objected to the bankrupt city's plan to wipe out or reduce billions of dollars in debt, saying it should be scrapped before a trial scheduled to start next week. New York-based Syncora Guarantee said in a court filing that the plan put together...

  • States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students. The department said the reduced cost will encourage low-income and...

  • US budget deficit running 24.2 percent below 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government ran a lower deficit this July than a year ago, keeping it on course to record the lowest deficit in six years. The July deficit was $94.6 billion, an improvement of 3.1 percent from a year ago, the Treasury Department reported Tuesday in its monthly...

  • Vermont lawmakers plan hearing on budget cuts

    Vermont lawmakers are planning a public hearing regarding a round of budget cuts proposed by the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

  • State funding sought for western Pa. crime lab

    Officials in western Pennsylvania's Allegheny County are seeking millions of dollars from the state to help keep the county's crime laboratory operating.

  • Buffalo-area seniors on food stamps rises

    Buffalo and Erie County are seeing a big increase in the number of older residents receiving food stamps, though families with children continue to make up the largest group participating in the federal program, according to a report in The Buffalo News.

  • Intense race for usually obscure auditor's office in Minnesota

    When Rebecca Otto scored her first political win, few Democrats reveled in it more than Matt Entenza.

  • Illinois governor, opponent clash over investments, pensions

    As one of the nation's most competitive governor's races picks up, voters in Illinois are hearing a whole lot about a British territory thousands of miles away in the Caribbean.

  • AG: $3.9M spent defending GOP-drawn election maps

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The legal fight spearheaded by Attorney General Greg Abbott to defend redistricting maps in federal court has cost Texas $3.9 million so far, with more to come. That cost and the ongoing litigation have been criticized by Democrats as wasteful. But top Texas Republicans...

  • New Kansas figures show shortfalls

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will face a budget shortfall of $238 million by the end of July 2016, the Legislature's nonpartisan research staff said Friday in a new forecast predicting that the gap will emerge a year sooner than it had anticipated. The Legislative Research Department's new budget...

  • Permanent Fund tops $50B threshold

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Permanent Fund ended the fiscal year with a value of $51.2 billion. Officials say in a release it's the first time that the fund, which provides the annual oil-wealth checks to the state's residents, has topped the $50 billion mark. The rise was attributed...

  • Obama signs $10.8 billion highway funding bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law $10.8 billion in temporary funding for highway and transit construction. The bill the White House says Obama signed Friday will keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through May, when lawmakers will again be challenged to come up with...

  • California spends big on housing, little on energy

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — California consumers rank among the nation's biggest spenders on housing and the lowest spenders on energy, according to new government data. Per-capita spending on housing and utilities totaled $8,650 in 2012, which is sixth-highest in the country and well above the national...



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