Articles from newspapers and websites around the nation

  • 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.

  • Headlines: South Carolina

    Senators Working on $6.9 Billion State Budget | by Jennifer Bellamy | May 7, 2014

    The budget plan expands 4-year-old kindergarten and school reading initiatives but de-prioritizes money to local governments.

  • Headlines: Kansas

    Moody's downgrades Kansas' credit rating, citing sluggish recovery and risky tax plan

    The Kansas City Star | by Brad Cooper | May 7, 2014

    Plummeting revenues, underfunded pensions and millions in court-ordered school spending led Moody's Investors Service to cut the state's credit rating by a notch.

  • Headlines: Minnesota

    Minnesota revenue officials racing to get refunds out

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune | by Baird Helgeson | May 7, 2014

    The tax break passed in the middle of filing season has revenue officials scrambling.

  • Headlines: New York

    Public pension names public

    The Albany Times Union | by Casey Seiler | May 7, 2014

    New York state's highest court ruled Wednesday that the names but not the addresses of retirees who receive public pensions must be disclosed according to the provisions of New York's Freedom of Information Law.

  • 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.

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