Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a state budget for the next two years that will use a $1.2 billion income tax increase to fund Kansas government and schools. The budget will provide raises of up to 5 percent to state workers who haven’t had any in recent years.
Michael Bloomberg, a wealthy former mayor of New York, will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics.
Several state of Ohio websites, including that of Gov. John Kasich, were hacked Sunday with a message that supported the Islamic State and opposed President Donald Trump.
An analysis of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year found four times as many states with Republican-skewed state House or Assembly districts than Democratic ones.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a law requiring Louisiana cities and towns that use cameras to catch speeders to post signs notifying drivers about the monitoring. If a sign isn't posted, the local governing authority won't be able to use the images to ticket motorists.
The California Assembly Speaker announced plans to park a bill to create a government-run universal health care system in the Rules Committee "until further notice."
Tennessee’s revenue collections for May were $53.1 million above estimates used when the state budget was adopted. Gas and diesel fuel tax collections accounted for $8.9 million of the over-collection, while most of the surplus, about $44 million, came from the state sales tax.
Despite five months of work, the Alaska Legislature passed no bill that addressed the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit. The compromise budget does include some spending cuts, but many of those involve one-time decisions that won't be possible next year.
Democratic Gov. David Ige plans to veto 15 bills, including a proposal backed by environmental groups seeking to phase out the catching of aquarium fish in Hawaii and another that critics feared would give public worker unions too much power.
Seattle’s escalating minimum wage has meant a slight increase in pay among workers earning up to $19 an hour, but the hours worked in such jobs have shrunk, a University of Washington study commissioned by the city found.
The legislation signed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner changes gun sentencing laws so that Illinois judges will hand out sentences of seven to 14 years for some repeat gun crimes, rather than three to 14 years. If they want to depart from that guideline, they will have to explain why.
Wyoming inmates are learning to read English and Latin through a program originally designed for younger students with dyslexia. The idea is to break down language and understand the composition of words, rather than memorizing spellings and meanings.
The near-death of a Boston terrier puppy in a Pennsylvania breeding facility apparently helped win passage of stronger anti-cruelty laws. The state had been one of three that didn't have a felony law for severe animal abuse.