Headlines: South Carolina
State employees will get a 2 percent pay raise, 4-year-old kindergarten will expand and local governments will get more state money as part of a $7 billion budget deal that the S.C. House and state Senate passed Wednesday.
State tax revenues are expected to grow by 9.1 percent, or by $377 million, for the two-year budget period ending in mid-2017.
Key Democrats away, House GOP cool as July 1 draws near.
Pay raises are on the way for more than 12,000 state workers such as prison guards and nurses, but most state agencies will face budget cuts of more than 5 percent under a budget bill signed Tuesday by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
Headlines: North Carolina
Gov. Pat McCrory continued to issue stern warnings Tuesday about the direction lawmakers are taking the state budget.
A Kentucky city is suing the state's public pension system over its investment of county employees' retirement money into "risky" hedge funds.
Never mind the debt: the Buckeye State managed to find money to fund youth soccer under the lights.
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Gov. Rick Scott, who in his first year axed $615 million of what he called "short-sighted, frivolous, wasteful spending," was lavish in his praise of the 2014-15 budget.
It's the sixth month in a row revenues haven't hit budget targets, leaving state government $532.5 million short for the fiscal year-to-date.