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Attorney general says costs related to Kane reached $3.6M

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor estimates that legal bills stemming from his convicted predecessor's actions cost about $3.6 million. Attorney General Josh Shapiro told a state Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday that … Click to Continue »

FOMC Minutes: "Might be appropriate to raise the federal funds rate again fairly soon"

From the Fed: Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, January 31-February 1, 2017. Excerpts: In discussing the outlook for monetary policy over the period ahead, many participants expressed the view that it might be appropriate...Show More Summary

Oklahoma Senate panel approves REAL ID compliance measure

Legislation that would make Oklahoma compliant with the federal REAL ID anti-terrorism law has been approved by a state Senate committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 34-9 for the House-passed … Click to Continue »

Federal staffers coming Monday to tour flood damage

On Monday, staff members of the U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees are visiting Louisiana to tour areas of the state damaged in last year's floods. Two major floods hit … Click to Continue »

AZGS funding and MMNRE Museum bills passed by the Arizona Senate Appropriation Committee

Arizona Senate Appropriations Committee 2/14/2017 Yesterday, the Arizona Senate Appropriations Committee passed SB1184 by a vote of 9-1 to reinstate AZGS’ annual operating budget of $941,000 for FY 2018. This appropriation is commensurate with state funding received by the AZGS when it was a separate state agency in FY2016. Show More Summary

South Dakota lawmakers looking at tough budgeting ahead

South Dakota lawmakers aren't going to have it easy setting state spending this legislative session. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations settled on state revenue projections Tuesday that are millions … Click to Continue »

SB 1184 - Funding the Arizona Geological Survey in FY2018

On Tuesday, 14 Feb. 2017, between 2-5 p.m., SB1184 (see below) proposing funding for the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) comes before the Arizona Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill funds AZGS at the FY-2016 level of $941,000....Show More Summary

N Carolina budget-writers meet amid positive revenue signs

North Carolina legislators are getting together to discuss what looks like encouraging state budget prospects for the next two years. Tuesday's joint meeting of the House and Senate appropriations committees … Click to Continue »

Kansas lawmakers push budget fix that avoids education cuts

Kansas legislators are pushing a plan to close a projected budget shortfall without cutting aid to public schools. The House Appropriations Committee endorsed a bill Monday that would liquidate a … Click to Continue »

GOP Posts Fake Lincoln Quote, Twitter Appropriately Goes Nuts

If we’ve learned one thing so far this year, it’s that not everything you see on the internet is true. The Republican National Committee celebrated what would have been President Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday on Sunday by giftingShow More Summary

Mississippi Arts Commission Survives Attempt By Republican Legislature To Offload It

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Yesterday, two bills intended to fold the duties of the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) into the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) died in both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees due to the fact that they were not brought up by either chairman. January 31 was the deadline for bills to come out of committee."

More state budget cuts proposed for Wyoming

The draft supplemental budget bill being introduced in the state Legislature proposes to cut about another $30 million from state government operations. The Joint Appropriations Committee this week approved the … Click to Continue »

Mississippi Arts Commission Lives to Grant Another Day

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

Two bills intended to fold the Mississippi Arts Commission into the Mississippi Development Authority died in the Senate and House Appropriations Committees. The post Mississippi Arts Commission Lives to Grant Another Day appeared first on Hyperallergic.

MaryLand: Defensive Action Needed To Block Weapon Free Higher Education Zones Bill

Even though this bill has significant ramifications for the criminal statutes in Maryland, the House leadership has decided to have a crime bill heard in the Appropriations Committee This post MaryLand: Defensive Action Needed To Block Weapon Free Higher Education Zones Bill appeared first on AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News.

How central banks set interest rates

It is generally assumed that central bankers often argue over the appropriate conduct of monetary policy. Focusing on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, this column argues however that based on what policymakers vote for, there is no evidence that they disagree with one another in any meaningful sense. Show More Summary

Christie legal notice bill threatens New Jersey papers

New Jersey may soon become the first state to pass a bill that would reverse the mandate to print legal notices in newspapers. The bill passed Thursday in both the state senate and assembly appropriations committees, could see a final vote as early as Monday. If passed, the measure could hit New Jersey newspapers hard at a time when several...

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Stepping up to the plate: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Monday backed a probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee into alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. elections, saying that the panel was the appropriate place to investigate a subject that has flared in recent days.” Step on the president-elect’s toes by introducing […]

Do Politicians Believe the Stuff They Write in Their Press Releases?

I came across this press release from Representative Charlie Dent’s office yesterday congratulating incoming Appropriations Committee chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey. This passage struck me as funny: Rep. Dent, a strong proponent...Show More Summary

CT Budget Gap Could Hit Transportation Funding (Tolls, Fees Cited as Potential Funding Options)

The Connecticut Mirror reports, “Though it is premature to target specific measures — such as tax increases, fee hikes or tolls — Rep. Toni E. Walker, D-New Haven [co-chair of the state appropriations committee], said trying to offset...Show More Summary

British government insists intervention in Libya 'undoubtedly' saved lives

Response to damning report by MPs says action against Gaddafi was ‘entirely appropriate’, but committee chair warns lessons have not been learned The British government has rejected criticism of its intervention in Libya, arguing its involvement saved civilian lives and claiming the Islamic State group has been weakened in the country. Show More Summary

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