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  • Headlines: Michigan

    House appropriations committee signs off on $36 billion state budget

    The Detroit Free Press | by Kathleen Gray | April 18, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Connecticut

    GOP: Cut state budget by $55M, stop 'gimmicks'

    CTPost.com | by Ken Dixon | April 18, 2014

    Republicans unveiled their alternative budget Thursday, offering to cut $55 million from the bottom line of majority Democrats while increasing municipal aid, reducing taxes on pensions and eliminating the state's Earned Income Tax Credit program.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Missouri income tax cut goes to Nixon, with veto likely

    StLToday.com | by Virginia Young | April 18, 2014

    The Republican-led Missouri House set up a showdown with Gov. Jay Nixon over tax policy, sending him a bill cutting income taxes by $620 million and predicting a quick override if he vetoes it.

  • Headlines: Alaska

    House Approves $3 Billion Transfer To Pension System

    Alaska Public Radio | by Alexandra Gutierrez | April 18, 2014

    The bill uses $3 billion from the state's reserve funds to help pay off the $12 billion unfunded liability. It also directs the Legislature to put $500 million into the retirement system every year, until the obligation is paid off.

  • Headlines

    Rich States, Poor States

    ALEC | by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams | April 15, 2014

    Using years of economic data and empirical evidence from each state, the authors identify which policies can lead a state to economic prosperity. Rich States, Poor States not only identifies these policies but also makes sound research-based conclusions about which states are poised to achieve greater economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster economy.

  • Headlines: Maine

    State budget panel approves $50 million package of jobs, water bonds

    The Bangor Daily News | by Mario Moretto | April 17, 2014

    Maine voters could be asked to approve $50 million worth of bonds at the ballot box this November, if all the proposals by state leaders from both parties survive upcoming votes in the Legislature.

  • Headlines: Washington

    State budget is only balanced on paper

    The News Tribune | by Jordan Schrader | April 17, 2014

    A new budget outlook projects the state to be in the black at that point by a bare $19.5 million, in a projected budget of more than $36 billion.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie 'will force' legislators to address state pensions

    BenefitsPro | by Lisa Barron | April 17, 2014

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told a town hall meeting that the state's public pension system is unsustainable and that he plans to force legislators to tackle the issue during his last term.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    Nation's Seventh Largest State Pension Can't Afford Financial Audit

    Forbes | by Edward "Ted" Siedle | April 17, 2014

    It's hard to believe that there are no audited financial statements for the North Carolina state pension, the seventh largest public fund in the nation with $87 billion in assets.

  • Headlines

    State government dependence on federal funding growing at alarming rate

    The Washington Examiner | by David Freddoso | April 15, 2014

    This trend of increased state dependency on Washington reduces state and local control, while threatening the states' long-run autonomy.


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