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  • 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.

  • Headlines: New York

    Top NY lawmaker: Budget deal near as leaders meet

    The Wall Street Journal | March 27, 2014

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are working against a deadline to get a budget approved before the new state fiscal year Tuesday.

  • Headlines: Maryland

    House approves $38.7 billion state budget

    The Baltimore Sun | by Timothy B. Wheeler | March 27, 2014

    The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a $38.7 billion budget that trims the governor's plan but still provides raises to state workers and levies no new taxes.

  • Headlines: Connecticut

    Conn. committee adds $12.3 million to Malloy plan

    Boston.com | by Susan Haigh | March 27, 2014

    The General Assembly's budget-writing committee is recommending that $12.3 million be added to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget proposal for next fiscal year.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Quinn budget makes tax hike permanent

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long and Monique Garcia | March 26, 2014

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has prepared an election-year spending proposal that would make permanent the 67 percent income tax increase set to expire in 2015 and couple it with property tax relief for homeowners.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget

    KBIA.com | by Marshall Griffin | March 26, 2014

    House members spent most of Tuesday bringing up amendments they hoped to add on to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid. Both failed.

  • Headlines: Mississippi

    Lawmakers putting final touches to state budget

    Mississippi Business Journal | March 26, 2014

    Mississippi legislators expect to be busy this week working out final details of a $6 billion budget for the coming year.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Assembly Budget Panel To Question Christie Pension Cut

    NJSpotlight.com | by Mark Magyar | March 26, 2014

    PBA president criticizes reduction in pension contributions to balance budgets, but Treasury touts Christie's record $5.3 billion in pension payments.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Bill to let agencies leave pension system stalls

    The Louisville Courier-Journal | by Mike Wynn | March 26, 2014

    The head of the House State Government Committee says he doesn't anticipate calling a vote on legislation that would allow some public agencies to leave the troubled state pension system.

  • Headlines

    Increased federal aid to states is a long term trend

    State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams, Joe Luppino-Esposito | March 26, 2014

    State Budget Solutions’ analysis of the latest data shows that, between 2001 and 2012, the percentage of general revenue dollars coming from the federal government increased in 41 states. Click here to see how much your state gets from the feds.

  • Kentucky

    Senate's state budget cuts debt and building projects, adds cash for universities

    Kentucky.com | by John Cheves | March 25, 2014

    The Kentucky Senate passed its version of the $20.3 billion, two-year state budget on Monday, containing more cash for state universities but less debt and fewer building projects than the House version approved last week.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    State budget hits snags in Arizona House

    AZCentral.com | by Alia Beard Rau | March 25, 2014

    The biggest roadblock appeared to be a battle over whether the state should retroactively close a loophole that allows school districts to convert schools to charter schools and collect more state money per student.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    McAuliffe offers new budget, but House lawmakers aren't buying

    The Washington Post | by Laura Vozzella | March 25, 2014

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried to shake up Virginia's deadlocked Medicaid debate Monday by proposing a new budget that would expand the health-care program and shower a projected $225 million in related savings on teachers, state employees, pre-kindergarten programs and other Democratic priorities.


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