National budgets

Giuseppe Conte, center, arrives to address the media after meeting Italian President Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Italy's president summoned Giuseppe Conte for consultations Wednesday to see if the law professor tapped by the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and League as their candidate for premier has what it takes to try to form a government. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 23, 2018 - 3:15 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's president asked political neophyte Giuseppe Conte to try to form a government Wednesday, giving the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and anti-immigrant League a shot at running western Europe's first populist government. Conte, a law professor who never has held political office, met...
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May 23, 2018 - 10:59 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament is set to pass the national budget proposal for 2018 on Wednesday, giving the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy some breathing space as it battles Catalan separatism. Basque nationalist lawmakers have made a last-minute U-turn on their earlier promise not...
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May 11, 2018 - 4:11 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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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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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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Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison addresses reporters outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Morrison is expected to release spending plans with a focus on winning votes at an election due within a year. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)
May 08, 2018 - 6:21 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government says it has turned a corner on mounting debt and has proposed a plan to give tax cuts to most Australians while balancing the books within two years. Treasurer Scott Morrison revealed to Parliament on Tuesday his third annual budget and his last...
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May 07, 2018 - 5:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is unveiling a multibillion-dollar roster of proposed spending cuts but is leaving this year's $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill alone. The White House said it is sending the so-called rescissions package to lawmakers Tuesday. Two administration...
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May 02, 2018 - 11:53 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday launched the long and politically fraught process of drawing up its new long-term spending plans, seeking a bigger budget to finance new priorities like defense and border control and plug the gap left by Britain's departure. The bloc's executive, the...
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May 02, 2018 - 10:34 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on Wednesday European Union budget proposals (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Polish officials have reacted with relief to the proposed long-term European Union's spending plan, saying the cuts and shifts in spending are much less painful than had been expected. Deputy...
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May 02, 2018 - 8:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German Cabinet has approved a budget for 2018 and a longer-term outlook through 2022 that foresees no new debt. Germany has had a budget surplus since 2014 and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that higher revenues mean the government can keep its promises to increase...
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