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oklahoma governor's budget bill veto could bring new session


oklahoma city — republican oklahoma gov. mary fallin vetoed legislation friday that would have raided cash reserves and cut deeper into agency funding to balance the state budget, setting up a showdown with her own party in the legislature."i vetoed most of the budget bill, but kept intact parts temporarily preserving key health & human services funding," she said in a posting to her official twitter account. the move sets up the possibility of another special session so legislators can come up with a new funding plan.the veto came hours after the state senate gave final approval in a 29-14 vote, thwarting fallin's efforts to persuade gop house members to increase taxes to keep government running. she had warned that raiding cash reserves and cutting deeper into agency funding to balance t






new mexico’s veto problem


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netthe office of the governor at the roundhouse in santa fe.commentary: normally new mexico has a bit of a veto problem, but this year was different. in the 2017 session we saw a veto avalanche, although the crisis seemed tame next to our budget apocalypse. now that the budget dust is clearing, it may be worthwhile to examine the veto system separately to see if problems could have been avoided with a process less susceptible to abuse.so let’s take a look at some veto facts. in the 2015 legislative session gov. susana martinez vetoed 33 bills; in 2017 she vetoed 140 bills. in 2015 she vetoed 14 bills that passed unanimously in both the senate and the house; in 2017 she vetoed 55 bills that passed unanimously. you can see that 2017 is a different order of magnit






new mexico’s veto problem


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netthe office of the governor at the roundhouse in santa fe.commentary: normally new mexico has a bit of a veto problem, but this year was different. in the 2017 session we saw a veto avalanche, although the crisis seemed tame next to our budget apocalypse. now that the budget dust is clearing, it may be worthwhile to examine the veto system separately to see if problems could have been avoided with a process less susceptible to abuse.so let’s take a look at some veto facts. in the 2015 legislative session gov. susana martinez vetoed 33 bills; in 2017 she vetoed 140 bills. in 2015 she vetoed 14 bills that passed unanimously in both the senate and the house; in 2017 she vetoed 55 bills that passed unanimously. you can see that 2017 is a different order of magnit






the minnesota constitutional clash: q & a


q: the republican-controlled legislature and dfl gov. mark dayton finished the session in some kind of fight. what exactly happened?a: dayton and republicans spent weeks negotiating behind closed doors to decide on a two-year $46 billion budget that included a $650 million tax cut. as an "insurance policy," or in an act of constitutional overreach — depending on your point of view — the legislature made funding for the department of revenue contingent on dayton signing the tax cut. the governor responded by signing all the budget bills, including the tax cut, but he also used line-item veto authority to zero out the legislature's operating budget — meaning pay for lawmakers and staff and other legislative expenses. without that money, the house and senate will run out of money in a matter






illinois senate overrides governor’s veto of budget bills


in an action-packed fourth of july holiday session, the illinois senate quickly overrode governor bruce rauner’s veto of fiscal 2018 spending and tax hike bills aimed at ending an unprecedented budget impasse that threatens to push the state’s credit rating to junk.in his veto message, the republican governor lashed out at lawmakers for passing budget measures that he said would make illinois’ fiscal woes worse.“the package of legislation fails to address illinois’ fiscal and economic crisis – and in fact, makes it worse in the long run. it does not balance the budget. it does not make nearly sufficient spending reductions, does not pay down our debt, and holds schools hostage to force a chicago bailout,” rauner said.the democratic-controlled senate which gave final legislative approval to






kansas governor to wield veto pen on tax bill


topeka, kan. — kansas gov. sam brownback is preparing to make good on a pledge to veto a bill increasing personal income taxes as a budget fix.brownback has a statehouse news conference scheduled wednesday morning to act. he told a kansas chamber of commerce banquet tuesday night that he would veto the measure.it would raise more than $1 billion over two years, starting in july. it would also roll back key tax policies brownback has championed by raising income tax rates and ending an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners.kansas has struggled to balance its budget since gop lawmakers slashed income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at brownback's urging.the bill passed with bipartisan majorities but not by the two-thirds margins necessary to override a veto.






oklahoma senate approves budget bill, sends to governor


oklahoma city (ap) — the oklahoma senate has approved a bill that will cut funding to most state agencies and will spend cash reserves to finish plugging a budget shortfall after lawmakers failed to pass a broad package of tax increases.its fate now rests with republican gov. mary fallin.friday’s vote would impose cuts of about 2.5 percent on most agencies to make up for expected revenue lost from an unconstitutional cigarette tax the legislature approved in may. the rest of the $215 million budget hole would be filled by using one-time money, including savings accounts.lawmakers returned to the capitol on sept. 25 for a special session to fix the budget and find longer-term solutions to chronic shortfalls that have forced deep cuts to agencies and services for three consecutive years.most






dayton says he'll veto bills, resume budget negotiations next week


gov. mark dayton said thursday that he will issue vetoes on five gop budget bills friday morning and will resume budget negotiations with republican legislative leaders on monday.the governor and the legislature are under a time crunch as they seek to find compromise on the state’s $46 billion budget for the next two years. the legislative session must adjourn by may 22, and the dfl governor and republican-majority legislature remain deeply divided over the spending plans and policies contained in 10 separate budget bills.on thursday, dayton said he believed the two sides can get their work done on time — so long as republicans are willing to provide more detail about budget cuts they seek to make and drop controversial policy provisions from their budget plans.“if we can keep the budget b






oklahoma budget, teacher raises top special session agenda


oklahoma city (ap) — the oklahoma legislature is headed back to the state capitol for a special legislative session to fill a $215 million shortfall in the state budget and look for long-term solutions to the state’s chronic budget shortfalls.gov. mary fallin scheduled monday’s special session just four months after lawmakers adjourned their regular session after adopting a new $1.50-per-pack “fee” on cigarettes in an effort to fill the state’s latest budget gap. the oklahoma supreme court later ruled that the fee was unconstitutionally enacted and invalidated it.members of the house and senate are expected to remain at the capitol up to two weeks to tackle the immediate budget shortfall and address other issues. fallin has asked lawmakers to also consider raising teacher pay for the first






governor ‘will absolutely act’ on pending legislation by friday


gov. susana martinez “will absolutely act” on legislation that is sitting on her desk by the noon friday deadline, her spokesman says.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezthere are approximately 200 bills awaiting action by martinez before that deadline. any she doesn’t sign or veto are nixed by pocket veto.“since the end of the legislative session, she has spent the bulk of her time reviewing each bill, one by one, with staff,” martinez spokesman chris sanchez said. “she’s still in the process of reviewing the budget and will announce her decision in the coming days. as she has said in the past, though, she will not raise taxes on our families.”the governor was scheduled to take a trip to tennessee this week for a law enforcement conference and return wednesday. she ended u






lawmakers, governor seek way out of special session impasse


st. paul, minn. — republican legislative leaders and democratic gov. mark dayton searched wednesday for a way out of their impasse after their plan for a brief special session went off the rails with plenty of work remaining to wrap up a $46 billion budget — and no clear path to do so.the two sides had agreed in principle late monday to hold the special session with a self-imposed deadline of 7 a.m. wednesday. but they blew through even that extended deadline and by wednesday afternoon, the legislature still hadn't sent any of the five outstanding budget bills to dayton.it remained unclear whether it would be hours, days or even weeks until the legislature wraps up its budget work. dayton and top republicans met sporadically wednesday to figure out how to end the overtime session but said






fate of state budget in governor’s hands, for now


as expected, lawmakers have sent the governor bills to restore funding for higher education and the legislature, tax hikes she’s likely to veto, and a bill to let the state borrow future money to balance the budget — but not much else.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezinstead of adjourning sine die and ending the session, the house and senate are taking a break until tuesday. that means they’re technically staying in session, which gives the governor three days to act on the bills.lawmakers are leaving themselves an opportunity to come back next week and respond to possible vetoes or other action by the governor.a house committee on thursday rejected a complex, martinez-backed proposal to reform the state’s gross receipts tax on a party line vote.during the hearing, democ






fate of state budget in governor’s hands, for now


as expected, lawmakers have sent the governor bills to restore funding for higher education and the legislature, tax hikes she’s likely to veto, and a bill to let the state borrow future money to balance the budget — but not much else.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezinstead of adjourning sine die and ending the session, the house and senate are taking a break until tuesday. that means they’re technically staying in session, which gives the governor three days to act on the bills.lawmakers are leaving themselves an opportunity to come back next week and respond to possible vetoes or other action by the governor.a house committee on thursday rejected a complex, martinez-backed proposal to reform the state’s gross receipts tax on a party line vote.during the hearing, democ






illinois house enacts tax hike over governor’s veto


the illinois house of representatives on thursday mustered just enough votes to override the governor’s veto of a fiscal 2018 revenue bill that includes a $5 billion income tax increase.the 71-42 vote by the chamber enacts the bill into law over republican governor bruce rauner’s objection.(reporting by karen pierog; editing by matthew lewis)






oklahoma house speaker calls for recess in special session


oklahoma city (ap) — oklahoma’s house speaker has told his chamber to take a break from the special legislative session until it can come back with a deal to close a $215 million shortfall in the state budget.republican house speaker charles mccall on wednesday called for the recess, meaning any negotiations would happen behind closed doors. he said the legislature’s first priority should be addressing a proposed cigarette tax that the state supreme court struck down as unconstitutional. lawmakers signed off on the tax during the regular legislative session earlier in the year, but not with a constitutionally required three-fourth’s majority vote.mccall said house republicans have a plan to fill the budget hole without the need for approval from democrats. but he said the governor and stat






colorado budget bill sent to governor john hickenlooper


the $26.8 billion state budget bill is headed to gov. john hickenlooper on a wing and a prayer that another measure will follow to erase the the deep spending cuts to hospitals.the state senate approved the final version on a 33-1 vote wednesday despite lamenting a move to balance the budget by giving $264 million less to hospitals, a total cut worth $528 million once federal matching dollars are added.republicans and democrats once again expressed hope that a separate far-reaching spending bill to eliminate the cuts also will make it to the governor’s desk before the legislative term ends next week.“although this is not a perfect product, i sincerely hope we muster the political courage to fix what’s wrong in this budget to make sure rural hospitals don’t close,” said sen. dominick moreno






senate’s veto override lands with a thud in house


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the state senate’s extraordinary override of a veto by gov. susana martinez has landed with a thud in the house of representatives.two days after senators voted overwhelmingly to save a bill that would have allowed teachers to use more sick days without being penalized in their performance evaluation, no one has stepped forward in the house to call for a similar override.majority democrats are looking to republicans who co-sponsored the bill to push for the override in the house.a two-thirds majority of both the senate and house is needed to override a veto. democrats hold a 38-32 majority in the house, but they would need several republicans to join them.only three gop lawmakers voted against the bill, but house r






dayton's verdict looms on legislature's budget bills


st. paul, minn. — it's time for gov. mark dayton to decide: should he sign the legislature's budget bills or veto them?the democratic governor set himself a tuesday deadline to act on budget bills. the republican-controlled legislature sent dayton the remainder of a $46 billion budget last week during a three-day special session.dayton has expressed some reservations about those bills. he criticized a package of $650 million in tax cuts as too large, with provisions that benefit wealthy minnesota residents.but vetoes could trigger another special session or even a government shutdown starting july 1. and dayton has conceded that the budget he's weighing may be the best spending package that will come out of a republican legislature.






gov. dayton's line-item veto of legislature's budget upheld


the minnesota supreme court has upheld gov. mark dayton's veto of the budget of the state house and senate.the high court ruled thursday that dayton's line-item veto "complied with the plain language ... of the minnesota constitution." the ruling further said that the constitution does not authorize the judiciary branch to order funding for the legislature.in writing the majority opinion, chief justice lorie skjerven gildea also said the legislature has access to enough money currently to keep functioning until february, when its next session is scheduled to convene."we conclude that the legislature currently has access to at least $26 million and, should the legislature choose, up to $40 million, in appropriated, unencumbered funds," gildea wrote. only justice barry anderson dissented, ar






gov. dayton's line-item veto of legislature's budget upheld


the minnesota supreme court has upheld gov. mark dayton's veto of the budget of the state house and senate.the high court ruled thursday that dayton's line-item veto "complied with the plain language ... of the minnesota constitution." the ruling further said that the constitution does not authorize the judiciary branch to order funding for the legislature.in writing the majority opinion, chief justice lorie skjerven gildea also said the legislature has access to enough money currently to keep functioning until february, when its next session is scheduled to convene."we conclude that the legislature currently has access to at least $26 million and, should the legislature choose, up to $40 million, in appropriated, unencumbered funds," gildea wrote. only justice barry anderson dissented, ar






senate’s veto override lands with a thud in house


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the state senate’s extraordinary effort to override a veto by gov. susana martinez has landed with a thud in the house of representatives.two days after senators voted overwhelmingly to save a bill that would have allowed teachers to use more sick days without being penalized in their performance evaluation, no one has stepped forward in the house to call for a similar override vote.majority democrats are looking to republicans who co-sponsored the bill to push for the override in the house.a two-thirds majority of both the senate and house is needed to override a veto. democrats hold a 38-32 majority in the house, but they would need several republicans to join them.only three gop lawmakers voted against the bill,






lawmakers complete $46b budget in grueling special session


st. paul, minn. — minnesota's lawmakers have passed a $46 billion budget after three extra days in session, several sleepless nights and some horse-trading.the legislature approved the budget just before 3 a.m. friday.house speaker kurt daudt says, "there's no question that it was a grind."the broad budget agreement would put $650 million toward tax relief, expand preschool offerings by $50 million and dedicate $300 million to fix roads and bridges.gov. mark dayton faces pressure from democratic allies to veto several of the budget bills, including the tax bill, which they warn would harm the state's finances. he plans to hold a news conference later friday.






dayton follows through on threat, vetoes 5 budget bills


gov. mark dayton on friday vetoed five major budget bills assembled by republicans, following through on his vow to do so as his efforts with gop legislative leaders to bring the legislative session to a close remain stalled.in five letters spanning 18 pages that accompanied the vetoed bills, dayton outlined point by point his objections to myriad policy changes contained in the spending bills. he chastised the plans as inadequate and urged republicans to eliminate policymaking from the spending bills and focus on dollar amounts for state programs.five other gop budget bills are pending passage by the legislature, but dayton has pledged to veto those as well."i remain confident that we can work out these differences and end the legislative session on time," dayton wrote in his veto letter






it's all good: gov. jerry brown (again) signs a budget without any vetoed spendi


gov. jerry brown holds two unique records when it comes to state budgets. no governor has signed more of them, and none in modern times have been as hesitant to veto items they don't like.in the budget he signed on monday, brown made no changes. it's not the first time. this was brown's second consecutive budget in which he took no veto actions, and his third veto-free budget since 1982.governors have line-item veto power to erase budget expenditures, decisions that aren't subject to review by the legislature. previous chief executives have used their unilateral power far more often, a way to trim spending from a variety of state budget-related programs.state documents show former gov. george deukmejian holds the modern record for the most budget changes, issuing 367 line-item vetoes on ju






kansas senate overrides tax bill veto; house vote to come


topeka, kan. — gov. sam brownback's tax-cutting experiment faced an uncertain fate tuesday as fellow republicans who control the kansas legislature worked to round up enough votes to override his veto of a plan that would essentially reverse the income tax reductions he's championed in recent years.the senate voted 27-13 to override brownback's veto of a bipartisan plan to increase income taxes to fix the cash-strapped state's budget and comply with a court mandate on funding public schools. it was exactly the two-thirds majority necessary to overturn the governor's action, and it set up a house vote.brownback rejected a bill that would raise $1.2 billion over two years, acting tuesday afternoon after lawmakers approved the measure early tuesday morning.the bill would increase income tax r






the latest: kansas governor keeps promise to veto tax hike


topeka, kan. — the latest on the debate in kansas over raising income taxes to balance the state budget (all times local):8:45 a.m.kansas gov. sam brownback has fulfilled his promise to veto a bill that would have increase personal income taxes to help balance the budget.brownback acted wednesday during a statehouse news conference. he had pledged to veto the measure during a tuesday night banquet of the supportive kansas chamber of commerce.the bill would have raised more than $1 billion over two years starting in july. it would have increase income tax rates and ended an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners.kansas has struggled to balance its budget since gop lawmakers slashed income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at brownback's urging.the house expected to consider overri






oklahoma lawmakers ok budget fix, but new shortfall awaits


oklahoma city — oklahoma's republican-controlled senate agreed friday to cobble together a budget through even deeper cuts to state services, rejecting gop gov. mary fallin's warning that the approach would set the state "up for failure."after senators approved the spending plan 29-14, fallin now faces a difficult dilemma on whether to sign or veto it.she tried unsuccessfully to convince enough members of her party in the house to take up her cause of increasing taxes to keep government running, including a proposed increase in teacher pay. but a veto would mean a return to the vicious cycle of asking for new taxes to be approved by house members who continually have said no.state revenue has shrunk by hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years because of less cash coming from oil and






kansas governor veto tax bill to preserve political legacy


topeka, kan. — kansas gov. sam brownback made good wednesday on a promise to veto a bill increasing personal income taxes, challenging bipartisan legislative majorities over balancing the budget in hopes of preserving his political legacy.lawmakers are expected to attempt to override the conservative republican-governor's veto almost immediately, although supporters did not have the two-thirds majorities necessary in either gop-controlled chamber when they approved the tax bill last week.the bill would have raised more than $1 billion over two years, starting in july. it would have rolled back tax policies brownback has championed by raising income tax rates and ending an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners.brownback vetoed the measure during a statehouse news confe






illinois senate votes to override rauner veto of income tax hike, budget


illinois lawmakers are one crucial step away from ending the record state budget impasse following a flurry of activity on independence day that saw the senateoverride gov. bruce rauner's vetoes of a tax hike and spending plan.the measures now await action in the house, where 15republicansbroke ranks with the governor over the weekend to approve the budget package and stave off further destruction to universities, social services and possibly the state's credit rating.democratic house speaker michael madigan, the republican governor's chief nemesis in a budget battle that's consumed state government for more than two years, said he expected the package of bills to eventually become law.when and if that would happen is another question. just 54 of 118 house members were in town tuesday. tha






illinois senate votes to override rauner veto of income tax hike, budget


illinois lawmakers are one crucial step away from ending the record state budget impasse following a flurry of activity on independence day that saw the senateoverride gov. bruce rauner's vetoes of a tax hike and spending plan.the measures now await action in the house, where 15 republicans broke ranks with the governor over the weekend to approve the budget package and stave off further destruction to universities, social services and possibly the state's credit rating.democratic house speaker michael madigan, the republican governor's chief nemesis in a budget battle that's consumed state government for more than two years, said he expected the package of bills to eventually become law.when and if that would happen is another question. just 54 of 118 house members were in town tuesday. t






illinois senate votes to override rauner veto of income tax hike, budget


illinois lawmakers are one crucial step away from ending the record state budget impasse following a flurry of activity on independence day that saw the senateoverride gov. bruce rauner's vetoes of a tax hike and spending plan.the measures now await action in the house, where 15republicansbroke ranks with the governor over the weekend to approve the budget package and stave off further destruction to universities, social services and possibly the state's credit rating.democratic house speaker michael madigan, the republican governor's chief nemesis in a budget battle that's consumed state government for more than two years, said he expected the package of bills to eventually become law.when and if that would happen is another question. just 54 of 118 house members were in town tuesday. tha






illinois senate votes to override rauner veto of income tax hike, budget


illinois lawmakers are one crucial step away from ending the record state budget impasse following a flurry of activity on independence day that saw the senateoverride gov. bruce rauner's vetoes of a tax hike and spending plan.the measures now await action in the house, where 15republicansbroke ranks with the governor over the weekend to approve the budget package and stave off further destruction to universities, social services and possibly the state's credit rating.democratic house speaker michael madigan, the republican governor's chief nemesis in a budget battle that's consumed state government for more than two years, said he expected the package of bills to eventually become law.when and if that would happen is another question. just 54 of 118 house members were in town tuesday. tha






dayton says he'll veto gop spending bills, resume budget talks next week


gov. mark dayton is poised to start striking down republican-crafted spending bills friday, as a lengthening stalemate at the capitol raises the likelihood of a messy end to the legislative session.republican house and senate majorities sent dayton five large budget bills by thursday, with another five awaiting legislative votes. but the dfl governor has called the whole package unacceptable, and said thursday he would start to veto them immediately.among the bills on dayton’s veto list is one of the most controversial proposals of the session: a gop measure that would undo new sick-leave ordinances in minneapolis and st. paul, and restrict all cities from passing wage or sick-leave ordinances.“i think it’s bad policy to take over the decisionmaking authority of local government, which is






ladies and gentlemen, meet governor veto


gov. susana martinez isn’t one to shy away from a fight. she’s clearly waging a war in the final days of the legislative session, vetoing several bills without any explanation.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netgov. susana martinezbut why?a woman who has billed herself as the most transparent governor in new mexico’s history isn’t explaining the vetoes. meanwhile, she’s killing bills that passed with widespread bipartisan support related to economic development, education and other issues.martinez killed six bills on wednesday alone without giving any explanation in her veto messages. and her spokesmen didn’t respond when asked by nmpolitics.net why martinez vetoed the bills.the governor has reason for anger. the chair of the senate rules committee, linda lopez, d-albuquerque, hasn’t held con






legislature will file suit against dayton today after talks fail


leaders of the minnesota legislature will file a lawsuit tuesday against gov. mark dayton, after the two sides failed to negotiate a compromise over the governor’s line-item veto of legislative funding.dayton met tuesday morning with house speaker kurt daudt, r-crown, and senate majority leader paul gazelka, r-nisswa, in a last-ditch attempt to avoid a court battle over the veto. the governor struck the legislature’s funding out of the budget in an attempt to get lawmakers to reconvene for a special session and reconsider tax and policy measures he believes will harm the state. the republican-majority legislature contends that the governor’s move was unconstitutional.on tuesday, both sides said they saw no room for compromise, and gop leaders announced that they would file a lawsuit agains






supreme court backs dayton veto of legislature budget


st. paul, minn. — the minnesota supreme court said friday that gov. mark dayton's veto of the legislature's budget was constitutional and ordered the two sides into mediation, a setback for republican legislative leaders in their legal fight with the democratic governor.the high court's order gives dayton and legislative leaders until tuesday to hire a mediator to work out their differences to secure permanent funding for the legislature — or else the court would find one for them.delivered late friday afternoon, the supreme court's was nuanced. it said dayton's action was constitutional, yet didn't explicitly reverse a lower court's decision that nullified the governor's line-item veto as an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers.instead, the high court hoped the two sides






the latest: dayton 'undecided' on budget bills


st. paul, minn. — the latest on the end of the minnesota legisalture's 2017 session (all times local):1:50 p.m.gov. mark dayton says he will decide whether to sign or veto the legislature's recently approved budget by midnight tuesday.lawmakers finished passing the remaining pieces of a $46 billion budget in a special session that ended around 3 a.m. friday. that came after dayton and republicans struck a broad framework for a deal to finalize the budget earlier this week.dayton said friday he's "genuinely undecided" about the spending packages. he says a $650 million tax bill is too big with too many provisions that benefit wealthy residents.but the democratic has to weigh those concerns against the possibility of a government shutdown if he vetoes anything. and he notes the budget may be