• In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo Erin Stennis poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Stennis helped a lawmaker pass legislation allowing California taxpayers to donate to colon cancer prevention after her husband died of the disease in 2003. Stennis says it's a missed opportunity that the state hasn't spent any of the  donations on cancer awareness a decade after the legislation passed. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    AP EXCLUSIVE: California tax donations lost in bureaucracy

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press has found, and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee chairman said Thursday that he wants a review of state accounts and will hold a hearing to find out why the money hasn’t been spent.

  • Lawmaker opposition casts doubt on new St. Louis stadium

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s legislative budget leaders said they oppose spending taxpayer money on a new St. Louis football stadium, casting serious doubts on whether supporters can cobble together enough money for the facility before an approaching NFL vote on whether to relocate the Rams.

  • Whistleblower wants possible tax scam victims warned

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The whistleblower in a county tax scam wants county commissioners to warn the potential victims.

  • CORRECTS TITLE TO: BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS COMMISSIONER, WHEN THE PHOTO WAS TAKEN - In this Oct. 2, 2009 file photo, then-Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner, now Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Congress’ official budget analyst projected Tuesday that this year’s federal deficit will drop to $426 billion, the lowest shortfall of Barack Obama’s presidency. But the annual summertime update by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office also contained words of warning. It cautioned that without action by lawmakers, annual federal deficits will surge upward again later this decade and spike back above $1 trillion in 2025. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Hill analysts lower 2015 budget deficit forecast to $426B

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An unforeseen flood of revenue is shrinking federal deficits to the lowest level of President Barack Obama’s tenure, Congress’ nonpartisan budget adviser said Tuesday. But in a report that will fuel both parties in their autumn clash over spending, the analysts also warned that perilously high shortfalls will roar back unless lawmakers act.

  • Bonds for new St. Louis stadium opposed by budget leader

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who helps develop the state budget has vowed to block efforts to make payments on proposed bonds to build a new St. Louis football stadium.

  • Russia plans to reverse cuts to World Cup budget

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government proposed a 2-percent increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year.

  • Carlsbad, Artesia to oppose proposed county tax

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad and Artesia officials are planning to object to a tax hike supported by Eddy County.