By Andrew DeMillo | 07/02/14 08:23 AM
Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval early Wednesday to bills addressing teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new limits on the lottery, wrapping up a special legislative session that left unresolved until next year the long-term questions surrounding the three issues.
By Richard Pollock | 07/01/14 07:10 PM
Renovation costs for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Washington headquarters have gone up another $65 million in the past six months, and there's no "sound basis" for the renovations, an internal government watchdog says. Â
07/02/14 05:06 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the summer driving season swings into full gear, states can expect a large pothole in their construction budgets if Congress doesn't reach an agreement quickly on how to pay for federal highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials are warning....
By Lisa Ruhl | 07/01/14 03:51 PM
President Obama has turned his sights to the looming deadline to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. He's laying out the issues that lie ahead should congress not act to stabilize a fund that is projected to run dry by the end of August.
07/01/14 04:02 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday. States will begin to feel the pain of cutbacks in federal aid as soon...
07/01/14 03:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives. "So sue me," he taunted on a sweltering day, as he pushed lawmakers to pay for...
By Sheila Weinberg | 07/01/14 02:46 PM
On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service will turn 61, a few years short of the average retirement age. Many Americans, when they get ready to retire, reflect on their career. I'd like to think the IRS, were it personified, might take a long look at its professional life leading up to its birthday.
By Paul Bedard | 07/01/14 10:35 AM
House Speaker John Boehner warns that Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, are 'plotting' to bring back banned congressional earmarks.
07/01/14 05:00 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A University of Rochester project on the use of computers for health research has won $5 million in state economic development funds. The grant was one of 11 state investments totaling $22 million announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday. The university is partnering...
06/30/14 06:45 PM
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The presumed Democratic nominee for Kansas governor said Monday that if elected, he will pursue a big increase in education spending and a postponement of scheduled income tax cuts in an effort to improve the state economy. Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis said he...
06/30/14 05:01 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an improving U.S. economy, retirement plans covering roughly 1.5 million workers are severely underfunded, threatening benefit cuts for current and future retirees, a federal watchdog agency warned Monday. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) said...
06/30/14 05:00 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday largely approved a 2015 state budget he has criticized as "incomplete" for not extending a temporary income tax increase, setting off another back-and-forth with his Republican rival over how best to fix Illinois' huge financial problems. The Chicago...
06/30/14 04:15 PM
BOSTON (AP) — Anti-casino activists are calling on lawmakers to exclude about $73 million in casino licensing and slot parlor revenue from the state budget they are set to finalize this week. Repeal the Casino Deal chairman John Ribeiro said in a statement on Monday the "phantom" revenue...
06/30/14 04:00 PM
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit retirees will be allowed to repay generous annuity returns with a lump sum in the city's bankruptcy case. A single payment could be cheaper than stretching it over time. The city is proposing to recover as much as 20 percent of the money paid between 2003 and 2013....
06/30/14 04:00 PM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The state agency in charge of helping improve Illinois' economy released a five-year plan on Monday that it hopes will create a good environment for business growth and prosperity. The plan is required under a state law passed last year, part of an effort to build up a...
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