State officials warned that Illinois stands to lose more than $1 billion if Congress and President Barack Obama cannot reach an agreement to prevent the "fiscal cliff" brought on by preset tax increases and budget cuts.
George P. Bush’s political plans were partially unveiled by his own father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in a fundraising letter that said the younger Bush was looking at a race for Texas land commissioner in 2014.
California's two public university systems retreated from various tuition hikes as Gov. Jerry Brown suggested the moves would be ill-timed coming just a week after voters approved a tax increase for education.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of murder five months ago, state courts have struggled to apply the ruling.
Republicans kept a $6 billion extension of temporary taxes off the ballot last year and nixed plans to award middle-class college scholarships. Their resistance to raising revenue resulted in large cuts to schools, counties and social services in recent years. Kiss those days goodbye now, unless vote-counting trends reverse in two tight Assembly races that provide the GOP with its only hope of stopping a Democratic supermajority in both legislative houses.
The double hit of Superstorm Sandy and an early season nor'easter could cost New York state up to $33 billion, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called utility companies' response to the emergency a "failure."