Government budgets

FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, the Senate rejected an attempt by Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year’s tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren’t trying to pass a budget blueprint this year. There’s no appetite to cut popular programs in such a difficult political environment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 17, 2018 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and on federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year's tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren't...
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May 17, 2018 - 12:16 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding rotting hospitals and improving other infrastructure as the economy continues to grow at a healthy clip. The liberal government on Thursday announced its first budget plan since winning national...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, state Sen. Bob Krist, of Omaha, speaks during debate in the Legislative Chamber in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is touting his conservative credentials on the national stage as he prepares for re-election. He faces fellow Republican Krystal Gabel in the Tuesday, May 15 primary. The Democratic primary field is composed of Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
May 15, 2018 - 10:54 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts cruised to victory Tuesday in the Republican primary for governor, setting himself up for a general election where he'll be a heavy favorite in the GOP-dominated state. Ricketts easily fended off medical marijuana activist Krystal Gabel in the...
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May 12, 2018 - 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging the Senate to get its work done on funding before the August break, "or NOT GO HOME." The president tweeted Saturday that "Wall and Border Security should be included." He also said that he is "waiting for approval of almost 300 nominations, worst...
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May 11, 2018 - 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are criticizing Republicans for rushing to vote on President Donald Trump's plan to roll back $15 billion in previously approved spending for children's health insurance and other programs. GOP leaders say lawmakers could vote as soon as next week on the plan to "...
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Gov. Jerry Brown gestures toward a chart showing the increase in K-14 school funding, while discussing his revised 2018-19 state budget at a Capitol news conference Friday, May 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown proposed a $137.6 billion general fund budget, up nearly $6 billion from his earlier proposal in January. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 11, 2018 - 3:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $137.6 billion general fund budget for California Friday amid surging revenues, kicking off his last round of negotiations with Democratic legislative leaders. Brown's latest budget is up nearly $6 billion from his earlier proposal in January...
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Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, delivers his speech during the State of the Union conference organized by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, Friday, May 11, 2018. (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA via AP)
May 11, 2018 - 3:09 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank is urging political leaders to repair gaps in the way the euro is set up to prevent another crisis — including by finding money to help governments hit by deep recessions. Mario Draghi said Friday in a speech in Florence, Italy, that...
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FILE - In Dec. 14, 2016 file photo, early morning traffic rolls down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol as daybreaks in Washington. The federal government swung to a surplus of $214.3 billion in April, 2018 primarily reflecting the revenue from that month’s annual tax filing deadline. The Treasury Department reports that last month’s surplus increased 17.4 percent from a year ago. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
May 10, 2018 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government swung to a surplus of $214.3 billion in April, primarily reflecting the revenue from that month's annual tax filing deadline. The Treasury Department reported Thursday that last month's surplus increased 17.4 percent from a year ago. The April surplus...
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FILE - This Feb.12, 2007 file photo shows Spring Creek Towers apartment buildings, popularly known as Starrett City, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. President Donald Trump and other investors in Starrett City have sold the 46-building complex to two real estate firms for $906 million, according to a statement Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from the new owners. Trump's financial disclosure documents last year show he owned 4 percent of the complex, giving him proceeds from the sale of about $36 million. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
May 08, 2018 - 7:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest subsidized affordable housing complex was just sold for hundreds of millions of dollars, with some of the money going to a prominent critic of government housing programs: President Donald Trump. Trump and other investors in Starrett City in Brooklyn have sold...
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May 08, 2018 - 1:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sent lawmakers a plan Tuesday to wipe more than $15 billion in unused spending off the government's books. The plan wouldn't have much practical impact on targeted programs such as the popular Children's Health Insurance Program. But the move would take away...
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