As Tuesday's Florida Senate Appropriations Committee meeting showed, pension reform is hardly a conservative litmus test.
The problem is that lawmakers over the last decade have created and expanded so many tax breaks and earmarked so much money for special projects that there's no longer enough for basic services.
The Arizona House has rejected a bill that would have limited the size of state pensions for people hired after this summer.
Lawmakers return to Richmond Wednesday to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments with the most important piece of legislation -- the budget -- still unresolved, and unlikely to shift from its partisan standoff.
The Delaware Office of Management and Budget is trying to plug the state's projected fiscal year 2014 revenue shortfall with money that has not been used by other departments.
According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.
If Kansas opts to expand Medicaid, it won’t happen until at least next year.
Headlines: New York
New York state ended last fiscal year in its best financial position in years, but the state will rely on borrowing, one-shot revenue and uncertain funding to do it, a report Monday from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found.
Lawmakers in Maine have united on the issue of a new budget aiming to bring the state budget into balance amid much debate relating to medicaid expansion, tax policy and labour laws.
The first action taken by the House Appropriations committee as it considered the state's $36.3 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, was to add $110 million to the Department of Community Health budget to fix a shortfall in Health Insurance Claims Assessment Medicaid reimbursement payments.