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  • 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.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Gov. Christie Retroactively Cuts State Pension Payment

    Philly.com | March 25, 2014

    Facing another year of fiscal problems, Gov. Chris Christie unilaterally changed the funding formula for the state's pension contribution so that he could cancel $93.7 million in previously budgeted pension payments due in June, cut next year's pension bill by $150 million, and put $900 million less into the underfunded pension system by the end of his term.

  • Headlines: New York

    Watchdog: State raids legal funds for poor

    Rochester Democrat & Chronicle | by Gary Craig | March 25, 2014

    As counties like Monroe struggle to cover the cost of legal defense for the poor, state lawmakers have been raiding tens of millions of dollars from a fund designated for that very purpose.

  • Headlines: Indiana

    Indiana to become 1st state to withdraw from Common Core education standards

    Associated Press | March 24, 2014

    Indiana is the first state to withdraw from the Common Core reading and math standards that were adopted by most states around the country.

  • Headlines: Idaho

    Otter orders more transparency on federal spending, preparation for cuts

    Idaho Reporter | by Dustin Hurst | March 24, 2014

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued an executive order that will help Idahoans identify the sources of funding for government programs and initiatives.

  • Headlines: New York

    State Budget Talks Break Down as Deadline Nears

    Gannett | by Jon Campbell | March 24, 2014

    No one can say for sure what happened in closed-door state budget negotiations Friday morning, aside from the four men and their aides who were in the room.

    This much, however, is for certain: It didn't go well.
  • Headlines: New Jersey

    New Jersey Credit Outlook Revised to Negative by Fitch

    Bloomberg | by Romy Varghese | March 24, 2014

    New Jersey’s credit outlook was revised to negative by Fitch Ratings, which cited budget strains and ballooning retirement costs.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    Governor wants NM to stop collecting union dues

    Associated Press | March 21, 2014

    Contract talks with state employee unions are at an impasse because New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state to stop collecting union dues through withdrawals from employees' paychecks, the governor said.

  • Headlines: Alabama

    State budgets on hold until after spring break

    The Times Daily | March 21, 2014

    Alabama legislative leaders had hoped to complete work on the education budget before lawmakers left on spring break, but they couldn't fashion a version that had broad support. The budget will have to wait until the Legislature returns April 1.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    Tomblin cuts $67 million from budget

    The Charleston Gazette | by Phil Kabler | March 21, 2014

    Governor uses line-item veto to trim raid of Rainy Day fund.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    GOP budget differences overblown

    AZCentral.com | by Robert Robb | March 21, 2014

    The initial differences between the budgets of Gov. Jan Brewer and Senate President Andy Biggs were always overblown. The more important story all along was how united statehouse Republicans are on the fundamental approach to the state budget.

  • New York

    Legislative leaders agree to add $500M to state budget

    The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle | by Joseph Spector | March 21, 2014

    Nearly half of the money -- $240 million -- would go toward extra aid for education, in addition to the nearly $22 billion proposed for schools by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his budget proposal Jan. 21.

  • Headlines

    Some state pensions in dire straits

    USA Today | by Dustin Racioppi | March 21, 2014

    Not making payments to the pension funds, or only paying a portion of what an actuary has recommended, is largely what got these debt-burdened states to where they are today, experts say.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    McAuliffe 2-Year Budget to Include Push for Healthcare Expansion

    NBC29.com | March 20, 2014

    Republicans want to pass a budget without healthcare expansion, and consider the issue separately. Democrats say that's not going to happen. And both sides say they're not budging any time soon.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Agencies could leave pension system under Senate bill

    The Louisville Courier-Journal | by Mike Wynn | March 20, 2014

    A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would let some public agencies withdraw from Kentucky's struggling pension system if they agree to pay off their retirement liabilities.

  • Headlines: New York

    New York state budget could overhaul existing estate tax rules

    Investment News | by Darla Mercado | March 20, 2014

    Legislators in New York this week are negotiating over Mr. Cuomo's proposed $140 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins on April 1.


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