Wolf and lawmakers kick off budget season with billions to spend | Health, Medicine and Fitness

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state lawmakers are embarking on their busiest time: June’s haggling and budgeting weeks that are very different this year from all others in memory, with billions of additional dollars to distribute. It’s a particularly unusual place for a state that’s been largely mired in deficits since … Read more

College athletes put mental health first | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By HANK KURZ Jr. and ERICA HUNZINGER – AP Sports Writers Cailin Bracken came to Vanderbilt to play lacrosse already well aware of the importance of athlete mental health. She knew of at least two female college athletes, including one near where she grew up, who had committed suicide. Bracken has been overwhelmed with college … Read more

Congressional Budget Office Says Inflation Will Last Through 2023 | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By FATIMA HUSSEIN – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office released an economic outlook on Wednesday indicating that high inflation will persist into next year, likely forcing the federal government to pay higher interest rates on its debt. The nonpartisan agency expects the consumer price index to rise 6.1% this year and … Read more

New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight ‘inflationary storm’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By NICK PERRY – Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand government announced Thursday that it will distribute an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million low-income adults to help them through what it describes as “the peak of the global inflationary storm”. The payments are part of a package … Read more

California Governor: $98 Billion Surplus Supports True Pro-Life State | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ADAM BEAM and KATHLEEN RONAYNE – Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Governor Gavin Newsom pledged Friday to use the state’s record $300 billion budget, including an unprecedented surplus of nearly $100 billion, to “save” the state from the impacts of a volatile midterm election cycle that he says will undermine abortion access, … Read more

Missouri lawmakers pass $48 billion budget | Health, Medicine and Fitness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican-led legislature passed a state budget of about $48 billion on Friday, with additional funding for teacher pay, school transportation, Medicaid and public colleges and universities. The budget package won broadly bipartisan support, although some Republicans criticized spending so much money on government programs. The GOP’s heartburn over rising … Read more