Articles from newspapers and websites around the nation

  • Headlines: Virginia

    Va. Republican offers plan to end Medicaid deadlock

    The Washington Post | by Laura Vozzella | May 30, 2014

    Sen. Emmett W. Hanger's plan asks both sides to give a little, divorcing the Medicaid issue from the budget as opponents want but also remaking a state Medicaid commission so it could no longer block expansion.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    State Lawmakers Continue 2015 Budget Talks

    CBS Chicago | May 29, 2014

    Illinois lawmakers continued to grapple with a new state budget, as Republicans ripped majority Democrats for spending beyond their means with a plan even Democrats acknowledge leaves "big unanswered questions" about the state's finances.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Bipartisan panel backs hybrid state pension plan | by Amy Worden | May 29, 2014

    The bipartisan panel backed legislation to create a hybrid pension system for state and school employees, and Gov. Corbett said he would support it.

  • Headlines: New York

    Six-figure state pensions are on the rise

    The New York Post | by Pat Bailey | May 29, 2014

    The number of state employees collecting an annual pension of at least $100,000 jumped by 259 last year, according to a government watchdog says.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Blame Game on Pensions in New Jersey

    The Wall Street Journal | by Josh Dawsey And Heather Haddon | May 29, 2014

    Governors Disagree Over Reasons for State's Pension Troubles

  • Headlines: Florida

    Big money for the big top: America's Most Outrageous State Spending Proposals

    State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | May 29, 2014

    Florida legislators are clowning around with the state budget, allocating $1 million of the state budget to the Circus Arts Conservatory.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    State budget would put off tough decisions until after election

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long, Monique Garcia and Maura Zurick | May 28, 2014

    Illinois Democrats rolled out a new state spending plan that puts off many tough decisions until after the November election by relying on a series of time-tested budget tricks.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Phoenix ends pension spiking for police officers, firefighters | by Dustin Gardiner | May 28, 2014

    Phoenix's new contracts with its employee unions will end the controversial practice of pension spiking for police officers and firefighters and cap it for other city workers, saving taxpayers an estimated $233 million over 25 years, according to a city report.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    NJ state budget primer: It's more than you think

    The Daily Record | by Michael Symons | May 27, 2014

    In general, the bottom-line number that gets used - which for the 2015 state budget, starting in July, was trimmed nearly 5 percent last week to $32.7 billion - reflects state appropriations, meaning the spending the state controls through the taxes it collects for general purposes. Federal funds and dedicated funds, all of which are required to be used for a specific purpose or program, aren't included in that number.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    Va. officials plan for possible state shutdown

    Associated Press | by Alan Suderman | May 27, 2014

    Some local government officials in Virginia are starting to consider contingency plans for worst case scenarios as a budget impasse drags on toward a possible unprecedented state shutdown on July 1.

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