State budgets

Republican Kris Kobach, from left to right, Libertarian Jeff Caldwell, independent Greg Orman, Democrat Laura Kelly and independent Rick Kloos participate in a gubernatorial debate at KWCH-TV, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. (Dion Lefler/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
October 16, 2018 - 3:13 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A contentious Kansas governor's race has become a referendum on how a Republican experiment in slashing income taxes went awry, what lessons arose from the budget misery that followed and whether the state needs a do-over. Democratic nominee Laura Kelly, a veteran state senator...
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Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The wildfire that erupted Wednesday has now burned more than 34 square miles (89 square kilometers) of timber and brush and prompted evacuation orders for rural homes in and around Shasta-Trinity National Forest below the Oregon state line. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 07, 2018 - 5:37 pm
SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A stretch of a major interstate near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a wildfire roaring along the roadway, forcing truckers and other motorists to take lengthy detours, officials said Friday. The...
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California Capt. Mark Loveless examines a truck scorched by the Delta Fire burning along Interstate 5 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The highway remains closed to traffic in both directions as crews battle the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 06, 2018 - 8:02 pm
SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday. The...
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August 26, 2018 - 3:26 am
The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has prompted many state legislatures to reconsider their internal policies and state laws on the issue. Although about half of House and Senate legislative chambers nationwide have taken no substantive action this year, the measures adopted in other...
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In this Monday, Aug.. 20, 2018 photo, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is shown during an interview in his campaign office in Anchorage, Alaska. Walker, an independent, bypassed the primaries and instead gathered signatures to qualify for the general election in November, where he is expected to face Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
August 22, 2018 - 9:07 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The path to the governor's office in Alaska this year may hinge on the oil check given to state residents. Each year, the state distributes checks just for living here — residents' share of the state's oil wealth. For some, it's discretionary money used for new toys, like...
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Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a candidate for Alaska's governor, talks with a reporter at a Republican party held at the Aviator Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Marc Lester /Anchorage Daily News via AP)
August 22, 2018 - 3:23 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy won the Republican nomination for governor in Alaska, setting the stage for what's expected to be a three-way fight for the office this fall. He topped a crowded field in Tuesday's GOP primary that included former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who...
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleay reaches out by phone Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy, a former state senator, is one of seven Republicans vying in the Alaska Primary. The winner advances to the general election and is expected to face incumbent Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, and former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)
August 22, 2018 - 2:43 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska's primary election (all times local): 10:39 p.m. Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy has won the Republican nomination for governor in Alaska. The Wasilla Republican on Tuesday topped a crowded field that included former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. Dunleavy in...
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This Aug. 6, 2018 photo made available by the West Virginia Legislature shows members of the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee looking at a $7,500 floor map in the office of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry in Charleston, WV. The House of Delegates approved impeachment articles against justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman, Robin Davis and Beth Walker. Although the state Supreme Court essentially sets and controls its own budget under the state constitution, the four justices were impeached for failing to control court expenses, which included more than $1 million in combined office renovations. (Perry Bennett/ West Virginia Legislature via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 5:26 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate set the course Monday for an unprecedented impeachment trial of three Supreme Court justices who have been assailed for spending of more than $3 million on court office renovations at a time when the state was grappling with millions of dollars in...
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In this Aug. 5, 2018, photo, independent U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin, center, speaks during a meet-and-greet at a tea shop in Juneau, Alaska. Galvin is running in the Aug. 21 Democratic primary for U.S. House in Alaska. The state Democratic party changed its rules to let independents run in its primary. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
August 12, 2018 - 1:25 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When Alyse Galvin ran into resistance from some state legislators in a fight over school funding, she didn't give up. She got a loudspeaker. In 2017, the activist, along with other worried moms, helped gather hundreds of letters from Alaskans urging legislators not to cut...
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Gov. Charlie Baker addresses reporters after signing the 2019 budget at the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
July 26, 2018 - 5:25 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts finally has a budget nearly one month into the state's new fiscal year. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the $42 billion spending package into law Thursday, ending the state's status as the only one in the nation without a permanent budget. Baker vetoed nearly $50...
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