State budgets

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, Brooklyn College students walk between classes on campus in New York. The New York state Legislature approved a budget on April 9, 2017, that includes funding for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to offer free tuition for middle class students at state universities. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
April 10, 2017 - 6:01 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is set to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students. The tuition initiative is part of a new state budget approved Sunday by the state Senate, a day after the Assembly approved it. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) proposed...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, J.B. Pritzker appears at an event at Northwestern University's School of Law in Chicago. The billionaire businessman is expected to announce his bid for Illinois governor on Thursday, April 6, 2017 raising the financial stakes in what was already expected to be a costly and competitive fight to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)
April 06, 2017 - 2:02 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker was expected to announce his bid for Illinois governor on Thursday, raising the financial stakes in what was already expected to be a costly and competitive fight to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. "Grateful to have my family by my side...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, J.B. Pritzker appears at an event at Northwestern University's School of Law in Chicago. The billionaire businessman is expected to announce his bid for Illinois governor on Thursday, April 6, 2017 raising the financial stakes in what was already expected to be a costly and competitive fight to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)
April 06, 2017 - 12:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker was expected to announce his bid for Illinois governor on Thursday, raising the financial stakes in what was already expected to be a costly and competitive fight to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. "Grateful to have my family by my side...
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April 06, 2017 - 11:10 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker was expected to announce his bid for Illinois governor on Thursday, raising the financial stakes in what was already expected to be a costly and competitive fight to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. "Grateful to have my family by my side...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017, file photo, Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., in support of legislation to continue funding for services provided by Planned Parenthood. Democratic lawmakers in some states including Maryland are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
March 28, 2017 - 2:10 am
CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) — Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 file photo, Gov. Brian Sandoval receives a standing ovation at the conclusion of his state of the state address at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev. Failure of the Republican bill to overhaul Obama's health care law is welcomed by many governors, primarily in states that had expanded Medicaid. They worried that the changes to the state-federal health care program would have been passed onto their states, forcing them to spend billions more or see thousands of residents dropped from coverage.(Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
March 25, 2017 - 7:35 am
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid. The bill's...
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Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, right, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, left, speak outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017, after Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts reported that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 14, 2017 - 9:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican plan for health care (all times local): 9:25 a.m. Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the Freedom Caucus, says he and other conservatives have been working with the White House on changes to the Republican health care plan. Jordan tells Fox...
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In this March 7, 2017 file photo. Florida Gov. Rick Scott makes his the state of the state address to the joint session of the legislature in Tallahassee. Gov. Scott and other top Florida officials and lawmakers frequently complain about government spending, but an investigation by The Associated Press has found that they've paid private attorneys nearly $250 million to advance and defend their agendas. The state also has had to pay the fees of its opponents' lawyers after losing battles to test welfare recipients for drugs, trim voter registration lists, and cut funding for children on Medicaid. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)
March 13, 2017 - 6:02 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press investigation has found. Florida taxpayers also...
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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Cullerton abruptly canceled key votes Wednesday on a plan to end the state's historic budget stalemate, accusing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of sabotaging a compromise that had been months in the making. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
March 01, 2017 - 8:52 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate's top Democrat abruptly canceled critical votes Wednesday on a plan to end the state's historic budget stalemate, accusing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of sabotaging a compromise that had been months in the making. Senate President John Cullerton of...
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