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  • Headlines: Washington

    Who is the leading budget reformer in Washington? Olympia, Washington that is

    State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | April 8, 2014

    Although Washington's budget debate was simpler than in past years, lawmakers kept Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center busy with fiscal reforms and budget gimmicks.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    State budget deal sealed

    Arizona Daily Sun | by Howard Fischer | April 8, 2014

    State lawmakers approved a $9.23 billion budget for the coming fiscal year Monday as Senate Republicans agreed a spending plan higher than they had originally wanted but still less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    McAuliffe quietly amends bills to add budget catch

    The Virginian-Pilot | by Julian Walker | April 8, 2014

    The Democratic governor has quietly amended at least 11 bills - mostly Republican - so they wouldn't take effect until Virginia has a budget, an assertion of authority by McAuliffe.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Emanuel revises pension plan after blowback on tax hike

    The Chicago Tribune | by Monique Garcia, Hal Dardick, Ray Long and John Byrne | April 8, 2014

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up city pension systems, but he no longer is asking state lawmakers to do the dirty work.

  • Headlines: Ohio

    Ohio politicians striking early in college union debate with state budget proposal

    NBCSports.com | by Kevin McGuire | April 8, 2014

    A proposal to the state's budget review submitted Monday would prevent student-athletes from being considered employees if the proposal is passed.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Legislative budgets have money to boost tourism

    The Orlando Sentinel | by Jason Garcia and Jim Stratton | April 7, 2014

    Both proposals are less than the $100 million that Gov. Rick Scott proposed for tourism promotion.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma pension problems: $823 million annual debt, or $3.4 billion in savings after 30 years?

    Capitol Beat OK | by Patrick McGuigan | April 7, 2014

    Edging toward final approval at the state Capitol is a proposal that would shift the Sooner State's largest government pension plan (the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System, or OPERS) away from the billions it faces in unfunded liabilities for the "defined benefit" pensions most public employees now receive.

  • Headlines: New York

    Moody's gives positive review to NY state budget

    The Wall Street Journal | April 7, 2014

    Moody's analysis singles out investments in education and praises state leaders for reaching a deal before the end of the fiscal year.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Scaled-back pension bill gets approval from House panel

    News4Jax.com | by Brandon Larrabee | April 7, 2014

    Reviving hopes for one of House Speaker Will Weatherford's key priorities, a divided House State Affairs Committee on Friday signed off on a scaled-back set of changes to the pension system for public employees.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Group of R.I. retirees file lawsuit challenging class-action pension settlement

    The Providence Journal | by Katherine Gregg | April 7, 2014

    Their fight centers on the General Assembly's cost-cutting overhaul of Rhode Island's public employee pension system in 2011: specifically, the suspension of annual cost-of-living adjustments until the retirement system is 80 percent funded.

  • Headlines

    Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

    by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

    While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.

  • Headlines

    U.S. public pension gap widened to nearly $1 trillion in fiscal year 2012

    Reuters | by Robin Respaut | April 2, 2014

    The unfunded liabilities of public-employee pension plans rose by 10 percent in fiscal 2012 to a record $914 billion, hit by low investment returns, missed contributions and unfunded benefits, underscoring the pension funding crisis in U.S. states and cities, a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts said.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Emanuel pension fix: Shrink benefits, raise taxes

    Chicago Tribune | by Hal Dardick and Bill Ruthhart | April 1, 2014

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing to raise property taxes and cut retirement benefits for some city workers to start digging out of a massive pension debt he inherited.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Kentucky Budget bill goes to governor's desk

    Associated Press | April 1, 2014

    The Kentucky General Assembly approved a $20.3 billion biennial spending plan Monday that authorizes $20.3 billion in spending for education, Medicaid, pensions, and other state government services while cutting spending in many state agencies by 5 percent through fiscal 2016.

  • Headlines: New York

    NY Legislature passes $140B state budget just minutes before deadline

    The Associated Press | April 1, 2014

    The New York Legislature on Monday passed a $140 billion election-year budget that will expand pre-kindergarten statewide and provide tax relief to homeowners and corporations.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Rhode Island's public workers and retirees cast ballots to decide fate of pension settlement

    Associated Press | by David Klepper | March 31, 2014

    The fate of Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul — a model cited in other states wrestling with escalating retirements — now hinges on the votes of the same government workers and retirees who sued to block the law.

  • Headlines: New York

    State budget deal includes bailout package for Yonkers

    The Journal News | by Jon Campbell | March 31, 2014

    The city of Yonkers' school system would be in line for a significant state bailout under a budget deal reached early Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders. 

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    NKY priorities funded in state budget compromise

    Cincinnati.com | by Amanda Van Benschoten | March 31, 2014

    Legislative leaders spent 18 hours at the negotiating table overnight, but they emerged early Sunday morning with a $20 billion two-year state budget that includes three of Northern Kentucky's top priorities. 

  • Headlines: New York

    A New York Debate: Is the Budget Late?

    The Wall Street Journal | by Mike Vilensky | March 31, 2014

    While the matter might not appear particularly complex, the question has stumped even some veteran Albany insiders. 

  • Headlines: Virginia

    Va. counties urge budget adoption; take no stand on Medicaid

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch | by Michael Martz | March 27, 2014

    The association, representing 95 counties, sent a letter to House Speaker William J. Howell that urges the legislature to end a budget stalemate that already has spilled into a special session that threatens to delay passage of a budget at least a month and likely longer.


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