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  • Headlines: Florida

    Lawmakers pass budget

    The Tallahassee Democrat | by Bill Cotterell | May 6, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Connecticut

    Gimmicks Needed To Make State Budget Balance

    The Hartford Courant | May 6, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    State budget panel to address winter road costs, UW surpluses

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | by Jason Stein and Patrick Marley | May 6, 2014

    Wisconsin lawmakers will consider Tuesday paying off a pile of snowplowing and salt charges from a brutal winter and giving local governments additional money to help fill potholes left over from the cold.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Why One Kentucky State Pension is Outperforming the Other

    WKMS. | by Jonathan Meador | May 6, 2014

    In 2013, KRS reported a 12.7 percent return on its investment portfolio. KTRS, meanwhile, earned 19.7 percent, well above the national average of 16 percent on returns and placing it within the top 4 percent of pensions nationwide with assets over $1 billion.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Credit agencies threaten to downgrade PA over pension shortfalls

    Philly.com | by Eric Boehm | May 5, 2014

    During the past two weeks, all three major credit rating agencies have issued stern warnings to Pennsylvania policymakers in advance of the coming budget season.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    State budget shortfall projected to be $445 million

    ABC11.com | by Fred Shropshire | May 5, 2014

    Proposed pay raises for teachers and state employees could be threatened by a North Carolina state budget shortfall.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Mass. pension plan ranks worst in US, study finds

    The Boston Globe | by Beth Healy | May 5, 2014

    According to the study, Massachusetts receives a "D" for it's plan's funding ratio, along with numerous other states. It received an "F" for making required contributions, with three other states. - New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Anemic tax collections add to state budget woes

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | by Kate Giammarise | May 2, 2014

    Pennsylvania is facing an estimated budget shortfall of $1.3 billion through June 2015, according to a bleak revenue forecast issued by the state's Independent Fiscal Office.

  • Headlines: Connecticut

    GOP Lawmakers Blast Malloy's Budget Agreement

    NBC Connecticut | by Susan Haigh | May 2, 2014

    Connecticut's Democratic governor and legislative leaders announced they reached an agreement on a revised budget, saying it still includes funding for additional early childhood education slots and other major initiatives, despite a recent drop in the state's projected surplus by hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Massachusetts House approves $36B state budget

    The Boston Herald | May 1, 2014

    The Massachusetts House has passed a $36.2 billion state budget that would raise overall state spending by about 5 percent without new taxes and offers additional resources for the state's embattled child welfare agency.


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