Articles from newspapers and websites around the nation

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    New Jersey looks to cut costs amid big shortfall

    Businessweek | by Geoff Mulvihill | May 12, 2014

    The treasurer reiterated something that both he and the Republican governor have said repeatedly since the dire financial report: All options are on the table.

  • Headlines: California

    Report says California owes $340.7 billion, some being ignored

    The Sacramento Bee | by Dan Walters | May 9, 2014

    The state of California is $340.7 billion in debt and while it is on track to repay much of the sum, it's not doing anything about unfunded liabilities for teacher pensions and state retiree health care, the Legislature's budget analyst said.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Louisiana House approves $25 billion state budget | May 9, 2014

    Lawmakers sidestepped concerns about the federal rejection of financing for the LSU hospital privatization deals already put in place by Jindal and largely funded with federal money. They made no changes to the plans.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Mo. Legislature sends $26.4 billion budget to Gov. Nixon's desk

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch | by Alex Stuckey | May 9, 2014

    The Missouri Legislature boosted funding for education and rejected adding low-income adults to the Medicaid rolls in a $26.4 billion budget sent to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk Thursday.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois college retirement board OKs pension fix

    The Belleville News Democrat | by David Mercer | May 9, 2014

    The board of the State Universities Retirement System voted Thursday to accept an interpretation of last year's state-pension reform law that says the law won't inadvertently cut university retirees' pensions.

  • Headlines

    At least 7 states are expected to miss their budget forecasts this year

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | May 9, 2014

    All but seven states are expected to meet or beat budget forecasts by the time this fiscal year is over, according to a survey of state legislative fiscal officers in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

  • Headlines

    Len Gilroy brings the public's attention to the benefits of privatization

    by Joe Luppino-Esposito | May 8, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Louisiana House debates $25 billion budget, with new concerns raised about LSU hospital deals

    The Daily Journal | by Melinda De Slatte | May 8, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    PEL expert promotes pension reform

    The Scranton Times Tribune | by Jim Lockwood | May 8, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Michigan Senate advances state budget legislation | May 7, 2014

    The Michigan Senate has approved parts of a 2015 budget that would increase funding for higher education by 7 percent.

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