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  • Headlines: Florida

    Pension reform bill dies in Senate

    The Miami Herald | by Michael van Sickler | May 1, 2014

    For the second year in a row, it appears legislators will reject changes to the state's pension plan.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie may cut NJ budget to close growing shortfall, Treasury says

    NJ.com | April 30, 2014

    New Jersey's budget shortfall will grow to a staggering $807 million at the end of April, state officials announced while warning of a fiscal emergency that could force Gov. Chris Christie to make deep and unexpected cuts to several programs.

  • Headlines: Hawaii

    Hawaii lawmakers approve $12B state budget for FY2014-15

    KHON2.com | April 30, 2014

    The budget, which provides $6.189 billion in general funds and $12.147 billion in all means of financing, was characterized by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke as measured and prudent.

  • Headlines: Florida

    $75B state budget ready for late Friday approval

    Tallahassee.com | by Bill Cotterell | April 30, 2014

    Florida legislators moved their $75-billion state budget package into position for adjournment of their election-year session Tuesday and revived a politically sensitive plan for letting undocumented immigrants get in-state tuition in state colleges.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Gov. Quinn's Tax Pickle

    The Wall Street Journal | by Allysia Finley | April 30, 2014

    Gov. Quinn suggested that Chicago's impending pension crisis could be ameliorated by state revenue sharing. The city of Chicago and its schools have a combined $30 billion in unfunded pension liability.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Budget for health and welfare programs passes Iowa Legislature

    The Des Moines Register | by Jason Noble | April 30, 2014

    The House and Senate each passed a $1.9 billion budget for the state's health and social service functions, including the Medicaid health-care program for the poor.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois residents paying more taxes for fewer services

    Illinois Watchdog | by Ben Yount | April 29, 2014

    "The pension obligation debt is eight times all the bond debt for building roads and schools and everything else," said Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions. "Essentially, the state has been living on credit cards."

  • Headlines: Virginia

    GOP leaders: Democrats 'playing games' with state budget

    The Virginian-Pilot | by Julian Walker | April 29, 2014

    Frustrated Virginia legislative Republicans accused Democrats of state budget brinkmanship after one Democratic senator in published remarks said he's willing to overshoot a key fiscal deadline to get concessions on Medicaid expansion.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Lawmakers wrap up $75B state budget

    The Orlando Sentinel | by Aaron Deslatte and Jason Garcia | April 29, 2014

    With $1.3 billion in tax revenue to spare, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford still have to polish off the details of $500 million in tax cuts before the session adjourns Friday.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Pension revamp could cost more without change

    The New Orleans Advocate | April 29, 2014

    Louisiana's contribution to the state employee retirement system could increase if a provision in a retiree cost-of-living revamp legislation isn't changed, a pension system actuary said.


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