Reason Foundation's Len Gilroy is studying new and innovative ways to incorporate the private sector into government servies--and he's showing that there can be great results.
Since the Legislature received the Republican governor's recommendations, worries have been raised by federal rejection of financing for the LSU hospital privatization deals already put in place by Jindal and largely funded with federal money.
Legislative proposals to reform Pennsylvania's severely underfunded pension system would not provide a long-term fix, but only "punt" costs to future generations, according to a pension expert.
The Michigan Senate has approved parts of a 2015 budget that would increase funding for higher education by 7 percent.
Headlines: South Carolina
The budget plan expands 4-year-old kindergarten and school reading initiatives but de-prioritizes money to local governments.
Plummeting revenues, underfunded pensions and millions in court-ordered school spending led Moody's Investors Service to cut the state's credit rating by a notch.
The tax break passed in the middle of filing season has revenue officials scrambling.
Headlines: New York
New York state's highest court ruled Wednesday that the names but not the addresses of retirees who receive public pensions must be disclosed according to the provisions of New York's Freedom of Information Law.
GOP leaders boasted of $3 billion in reserves, along with $500 million in tax and fee reductions - an election-year plum Gov. Rick Scott has been touting for months.
Pushed into a corner by a lag in tax revenues, Gov. Malloy and the majority Democrats in the General Assembly are using gimmicks of their own in passing what they say is a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.