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  • Mo. Gov. Nixon denounces passage of tax cut

    By Associated Press

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is describing a tax-cut bill passed by the Legislature as a "reckless fiscal experiment." Published April 16, 2014

  • Board seeks return of some duties to Pontiac mayor

    By Associated Press

    A board appointed to help guide Pontiac from state oversight to local control wants to transfer budget and some other responsibilities from a city administrator to the mayor. Published April 16, 2014

  • Governor: Nebraska tax relief debates to continue

    By GRANT SCHULTE - Associated Press

    Lawmakers made good strides this year in passing millions of dollars in tax cuts, but Nebraska's next governor and Legislature can still do more when a new session begins next year, Gov. Dave Heineman said Wednesday. Published April 16, 2014

  • Missouri lawmakers give final approval to income tax cut, despite potential for veto

    By Associated Press

    Missouri lawmakers give final approval to income tax cut, despite potential for veto. Published April 16, 2014

  • Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE - Associated Press

    Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs. Published April 16, 2014

  • Walker refuses to back down on jobs promise

    By SCOTT BAUER - Associated Press

    Gov. Scott Walker isn't expected to fulfill his 2010 campaign promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs by next year in Wisconsin, but he said Wednesday that he doesn't think voters will hold it against him. Published April 16, 2014

  • Iowa House approves shift in university funds

    By Associated Press

    Lawmakers from the Iowa Senate and House have agreed to meet to hammer out details on an education budget, as the chambers have not agreed on public university spending increases, among other provisions. Published April 16, 2014

  • Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers

    By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE - Associated Press

    Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts. Published April 16, 2014

  • Branstad's tax return shows income of $234,907

    By DAVID PITT - Associated Press

    Gov. Terry Branstad released his tax returns Wednesday, showing he earned $234,907 and paid $28,298 in federal taxes in 2013. Published April 16, 2014

  • Missouri lawmakers pass tax cut; veto possible

    By DAVID A. LIEB - Associated Press

    Setting up a likely veto showdown, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to an income tax cut for millions of individuals and thousands of business owners that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon warned could imperil funding for public schools and services. Published April 16, 2014

  • Missouri House OKs limiting e-cigarettes to adults

    By Associated Press

    Missouri House members have given first-round approval to legislation that seeks to prevent children and younger teens from buying electronic cigarettes and other devices. Published April 15, 2014

  • U.S. Treasury warns China on currency

    By Patrice Hill - The Washington Times

    In unusually pointed language, the U.S. Treasury on Tuesday warned China and Japan that it is closely watching them out of concern they may be intentionally depreciating their currencies to gain an advantage in trade with U.S. competitors. Published April 15, 2014

  • Oklahoma House passes state trooper pay raise bill

    By TIM TALLEY - Associated Press

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers could get their first pay raise in seven years under a plan given final legislative approval Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether money will be available in the overall state budget to fund the plan. Published April 15, 2014

  • Business Highlights

    By The Associated Press - Associated Press

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  • Furniture maker calls contract claims 'baseless'

    By Associated Press

    A Michigan office furniture company says claims it improperly benefited from a state contract because its subcontractor is co-owned by Gov. Rick Snyder's cousin are "baseless." Published April 15, 2014

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