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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) β€” The Australian government will release its big-spending economic plan for the next fiscal year on Tuesday designed to create jobs and repair pandemic damage and with an eye toward winning votes at looming general elections.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) β€” Aided by an astonishing nearly $76 billion budget surplus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday proposed tax rebates of up to $1,100 for millions of households and more than $7 billion to help people affected by the pandemic cover rent and utilities.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) β€” Minnesota's state government will get about $200 million more than it was expecting under President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief package, and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz expressed hope Monday that new guidelines over how states can spend the aid might help speed up the slow pace of negotiations over the state's next budget.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) β€” As the Minnesota Legislature enters the last full week of its 2021 session, lawmakers face long hours of tough negotiations as they seek to agree on a balanced budget by next Monday's mandatory adjournment date. And given the Legislature's partisan split, the final package is expected to make only incremental changes instead of sweeping overhauls.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) β€” Missouri lawmakers approved a $35 billion budget on Friday that includes no funding for a Medicaid expansion approved by voters, putting Gov. Mike Parson's administration in a position to decide what to do next about the health care program for low-income residents.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) β€” Conservative Republicans set aside their most ambitious proposal for helping Kansas parents move their children into private schools so that lawmakers could forge a bipartisan compromise Thursday night on education funding and policy.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) β€” The Wisconsin Legislature’s Republican-led budget committee on Thursday killed hundreds of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ priorities, including ones that would have legalized marijuana and expanded Medicaid, as it began crafting the next state spending plan.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) β€” Republicans who head the Legislature's budget committee told Wisconsin's business leaders on Wednesday that they are optimistic a tax cut will be a part of the next two-year spending plan, although they said details on what type and how much were still being discussed.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) β€” Two police officers raised their weapons while sheltering behind a tree in a Portland park. They yelled at a homeless man to put up his hands. Moments later, two shots rang out. The man collapsed onto the grassy field.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) β€” Providers and recipients of services for disabled, mentally ill and older residents pressed state senators Tuesday to fully fund such programs, saying the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated longstanding challenges in all three areas.

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