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  • Headlines: Florida

    House and Senate not in sync on state pension reform

    The Gainesville Sun | by Lloyd Dunkelberger | April 14, 2014

    House Speaker Will Weatherford said the changes, which will not directly impact current public employees, are needed to reduce the state's long-term costs for the retirement system.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    RI pension case will go forward in court; mediation fails

    The Providence Journal | by Randal Edgar | April 11, 2014

    In a joint statement, Governor Chafee and state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said that while they there was a strong effort to reach a mediated settlement, the rejection of that settlement "by a small group of union members" means the process "has failed and the mediation process has ended."

  • Headlines: California

    Judge's decision could safeguard billions for state budget

    The Los Angeles Times | by Chris Megerian | April 11, 2014

    A Superior Court judge in Sacramento upheld the state's push to recoup $20 million from Brentwood, part of Brown's effort to collect money from defunct redevelopment agencies.

  • Headlines: Tennessee

    Tennessee House passes budget without state raises

    The Tennessean | by Chas Sisk | April 11, 2014

    The Tennessee House of Representatives approved the state's $32 billion budget Thursday afternoon, without once-promised raises for teachers and other state workers.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    State budget returns to unsustainable deficits

    The Arizona Republic | by Robert Robb | April 11, 2014

    The spending lobby had the usual complaints about what the recently adopted state budget doesn't fund. The real news, however, is that the spending that was approved probably puts the state back into the position of having an unsustainable structural deficit.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Massachusetts House releases $36.2B state budget

    Boston.com | by Steve LeBlanc | April 10, 2014

    House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey said the proposal is about 5 percent higher than the estimated spending in the current fiscal year and $191 million less than the Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed 2015 fiscal year budget.

  • Headlines: Ohio

    Provisions on higher education in state budget review pass Ohio House

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer | by Sam Howard | April 10, 2014

    Provisions in House Bill 484 would make funding for state community, community and technical colleges incentivized based on student success. Rep. Cliff Rosenberger said the bill would help Ohio lead the nation in tying funding to academic performance.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Rhode Island is considering options on pension deal, Chafee says

    The Boston Globe | April 10, 2014

    Governor Lincoln Chafee said Rhode Island is considering various options on how to proceed with lawsuits brought over the state's landmark pension overhaul, after a proposed deal was rejected by members of police unions.

  • Headlines

    Rebounding economy fills state coffers with record tax revenues

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | April 10, 2014

    State governments collected more than $846 billion in tax revenue in the last fiscal year, the highest amount ever reported, as a rebounding economy boosted coffers hit hard by the recession.

  • Headlines: California

    New pension plans differ greatly from 'classic' models

    Sacramento Bee - The State Worker | by Jon Ortiz | April 10, 2014

    California became a dual-class public employee state last year when a sweeping law lowered pension benefits for state and local government workers hired in 2013 and later.

  • Headlines: Tennessee

    State House sets up budget floor vote, kills Democrat amendments

    The Tennessean | by Tom Humphrey | April 9, 2014

    A House floor vote has been set for Thursday on Gov. Bill Haslam's $32 billion state budget for the coming year after Republicans rejected in committee a Democratic attempt to use reserve fund to provide pay raises for state employees and teachers.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Chicago pension overhaul OK'd by House, Senate

    ABC7Chicago | by Charles Thomas | April 9, 2014

    State lawmakers approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's overhaul proposal for two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Massachusetts House to release state budget plan

    Boston Herald | April 9, 2014

    The budget plan to be released Wednesday follows the unveiling in January of Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed $36.2 billion spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year.

  • 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.


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