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  • In this April 25, 2014 photograph, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses a group of employees at Dunlap & Kyle Tire Company, a wholesale and retail tire dealer in Batesville, Miss. First elected to the Senate in 1978 after six years in the House, Cochran is being challenged by second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the June 3 Republican primary. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Cochran says his record reflects credit on Miss.

    U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says he wants to continue using his status as a top member of the Appropriations Committee to support federal projects such as military bases, university research and agriculture projects in Mississippi.

  • $32 million budget fix sent to Maine governor

    Maine lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday that fixes a $32 million gap in the state budget next fiscal year and moves hundreds of developmentally disabled residents off waitlists for Medicaid services like home-based care.

  • Kan. House panel finishes work on school aid plan

    A Kansas House committee has revised its school funding plan to be more generous in providing aid to local school districts.

  • Kansas state Sen. Steve Abrams, left, an Arkansas City Republican, confers with J.G. Scott, the Kansas Legislative Research Department's chief fiscal analyst, during a debate on a school funding plan, Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Lawmakers are working on a plan to boost aid to poor school districts. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Kan. Senate passes expanded school funding plan

    The Kansas Senate approved a Republican education funding plan early Friday after expanding it to include a measure blocking public schools from using multistate reading and math standards.

  • Kansas House panel postpones work on schools plan

    A Kansas House committee is poised to revise a plan for increasing aid to poor school districts but has postponed its discussion of the details.

  • Maine panel reaches deal on budget, rainy day fund

    Maine's budget-writing committee agreed Wednesday to advance a plan to fix a multimillion dollar shortfall in the state budget as well as Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to replenish the rainy day fund by $21 million.

  • SD Legislature passes $4.3 billion state budget

    The South Dakota Legislature passed a $4.3 billion spending plan Friday that gives extra state money to teachers, the state's four technical institutes and some nursing homes and other health care facilities that serve low-income people.

  • Lawmakers putting finishing touches on budget

    A plan to provide prenatal care to pregnant women who are not U.S. citizens was rejected Thursday by the South Dakota Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee.

  • Nebraska budget debate focused on taxes, fountains

    Nebraska lawmakers kicked off a budget debate on Monday focused on property taxes and a proposal to spend $2.5 million on cast-bronze fountains at the Capitol.

  • Maine GOP, Dems reconcile after spat over vote

    After trading jabs over a committee vote on a bill that would restore $40 million in revenue sharing for the state's cities and towns, Republican and Democratic members on the committee said the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

  • Lawmakers tweak budget on local funding, raises

    Members of the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee voted Friday to reduce possible extra state compensation for counties that stand to lose payments covering lost tax revenue from federal lands.

  • Maine health chief: Shortfall less than estimated

    The budget shortfall facing Maine's Department of Health and Human Services is now expected to be about $30 million less than originally thought, Commissioner Mary Mayhew said Friday.

  • Maine cities, towns call for revenue sharing funds

    Further reductions in state aid to Maine cities and towns will result in cuts to essential services and skyrocketing property taxes, municipal officials told lawmakers on Wednesday.

  • Mikulski becoming 1st woman to head Appropriations

    Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is set to become the first woman to chair the prestigious Senate Appropriations Committee, a position left open this week by the death of Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye.

  • Senate panel votes to cut aid for Egypt and Pakistan

    In a fresh warning to Pakistan, a Senate panel approved Tuesday a foreign aid budget for next year that slashes President Obama's request for assistance to Islamabad by more than half and threatens further reductions if it fails to open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

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