Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed a measure that provides $60 million in tax credits to companies that invest in businesses in rural parts of Georgia. Opponents called the program a giveaway to corporate interests but supporters praised it as a boon to parts of the state in need of investment and revitalization.
The $8.9 billion package closes a budget gap that had grown to about $1.1 billion for the period ending June 30, 2019. It calls for increases in the Property Tax Credit Fund, K-12 education, corrections, the justice system and child welfare, while reducing funding for the University of Nebraska and most other state agency operations.
A bill that would have prevented Wisconsin's presidential election recount is gaining momentum in the state Legislature, after an Assembly committee voted in favor of a proposal that would limit who can request recounts in state and local elections.
The House Ways and Means Committee killed a bill backed by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards that could have reduced taxes for 90 percent of Louisiana households while raising taxes on businesses. Instead, the panel approved tax breaks for corporations.
California may end a decades-old ban on members of the Communist Party working in its government, after the Assembly approved a bill that would delete references to the party from its employment requirements.
Oregon may soon become the first state to allow residents to identify as "nonbinary," neither male nor female, on their driver’s licenses and identification cards. The Canadian province of Ontario began issuing gender-neutral licenses and health cards earlier this year, and California legislators are considering a bill that would allow drivers to register as nonbinary.
New York's top court has upheld a policy implemented by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration that allows the state Department of Motor Vehicles to go beyond state law governing relicensing procedures and permanently revoke driving privileges for repeat drunken drivers.
Oklahoma's General Revenue Fund collections for April missed the official monthly estimate by more than $90 million, or 12.9 percent. So far this fiscal year, revenue to the state's general fund is 4.4 percent below what budget officials projected and 5.3 percent below prior year collections.
The Texas measure would ban out-of-school suspensions for kids in second grade or younger except in the most extreme cases, such as those involving violent assaults, weapons or drugs and alcohol.
In 2012, about 470 people arrived on Oahu from the mainland and were homeless within a year. That figure was down to 309 in 2015. Advocates say Hawaii’s rising cost of living, higher shelter fees, and a crackdown on homeless people camping on sidewalks, beaches and parks may be responsible for the decrease.
The North Carolina Senate’s proposed $22.9 billion spending plan represents a 2.5 percent increase from the current year that ends in June — about half the increase in Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposal. Teachers would get a pay raise averaging 3.7 percent, while other state employees would get raises of $750 or 1.5 percent of their salary, whichever is greater.
High school and college journalists would get a little more protection under a bill being considered at the Nevada Legislature. A similar measure is moving through the Arizona Legislature.
Rank-and-file members of the Illinois House from both parties vented their frustration at the two-year Capitol stalemate, penning an open letter saying it's time for the Legislature to pass a budget.