• Headlines

    How to Become a (Public Pension) Millionaire

    The Wall Street Journal | by Andrew Biggs | March 17, 2014

    In five states, an average full-career retiree receives a retirement income higher than his final salary.

  • Headlines: Tennessee

    Tennessee House approves Common Core delay

    Tennessean | by Chas Sisk | March 14, 2014

    Tennessee lawmakers voted to delay the Common Core education program for two years, as opponents staged an ambush Thursday morning on the floor of the state House.

  • Headlines: New York

    NY Senate agrees on state budget measure

    The Wall Street Journal | March 14, 2014

    The Senate's resolution includes $540 million for universal prekindergarten and after-school programs in New York City and additional funding for the rest of the state.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Kentucky House approves two-year state budget; Senate consideration is next | by John Cheves | March 14, 2014

    The Kentucky House voted Thursday night to approve the state's $20.3 billion, two-year spending plan and forward it to the Senate, with 15 days remaining in the 60-workday legislative session.

  • Headlines: Washington

    House passes state operating budget

    The Seattle Times | by Andrew Garber | March 14, 2014

    State lawmakers Thursday reached agreement on a state operating budget that doesn't close tax breaks or provide a pay increase for teachers.

  • Headlines: Maryland

    Md. Senate advances $39B Maryland budget

    Businessweek | by Brian White | March 13, 2014

    The Maryland Senate advanced the state's $39 billion budget on Wednesday, finding a quick solution to fill a drop in projected revenues by using money in a long-term plan to strengthen the state's pension system.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Florida's economic forecast boosts budget outlook

    The Miami Herald | March 13, 2014

    A steadily improving Florida economy means that lawmakers will have a bit more revenue in this year's budget.

  • Headlines: Hawaii

    House advances $12.1B state budget

    The Maui News | by Cathy Bussewitz | March 13, 2014

    The Hawaii House approved a $12.1 billion state budget Wednesday for the next fiscal year, meeting a legislative deadline to pass a budget bill on to the Senate.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Supplemental state budget has $215 million for roads

    ABC 10 | March 13, 2014

    Gov. Rick Snyder today said that a $330 million budget supplemental approved by the Legislature that, among other things, includes up to $215 million for priority road projects and winter road maintenance

  • Headlines: New York

    NY Senate leadership feeling pressure over budget

    The Wall Street Journal | March 13, 2014

    The lobbying comes as Senate Republicans and the breakaway Democrats tried to agree on a fiscal plan that will outline that chamber's positions in budget negotiations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders face an April 1 deadline to finalize a spending plan.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Mo. House Budget Committee endorses budget bills

    St. Louis Post Dispatch | by Alex Stuckey | March 13, 2014

    For the budget year beginning July 1, Gov. Nixon is counting on 5.2 percent growth in general revenue. House and Senate budget leaders, however, project growth at 4.2 percent.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    PBA head accuses Christie of using pension as a 'slush fund' | by Darryl Isherwood | March 13, 2014

    The head of the state's police unions today slammed Gov. Chris Christie over some $50 million in what he called "pension giveaways" to local municipalities.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Pension overhaul bill passes Oklahoma House | by Randy Ellis | March 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would overhaul the state pension system by moving new employees of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System from a defined benefit plan.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    State budget impasse makes planning hard for local governments | March 12, 2014

    Local governments in Virginia can't plan their budgets until they know how much money they'll receive from the state. That puts fire, police, and schools in limbo.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Budget, tax bills advances in Kentucky House

    The Louisville Courier-Journal | by Tom Loftus | March 12, 2014

    Over objections of minority Republicans, the House budget committee on Tuesday approved a $20 billion budget bill that makes minor changes to Gov. Steve Beshear's proposal.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    Governor Martinez signs $6B state budget

    KRQE | by Lysee Mitri | March 11, 2014

    As signed, the $6.15 billion budget increases state spending by 4.3% over the current fiscal year. Education spending increases by 5.75% to a record high of $2.7 billion.

  • Headlines: Colorado

    State Budget Surplus Leads To Spending Spree

    CBS Denver | March 11, 2014

    For the first time in years the state budget is seeing a surplus rather than a deficit and Lawmakers seem to think this money is a lot more than it really is.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    State budget far from balanced

    The Advocate | March 11, 2014

    The Jindal administration has a ways to go to balance the current year's $25.6 billion state budget, the Louisiana Senate's chief budget advisor said.

  • Headlines

    Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

    New York Times | by Erica Goode | March 11, 2014

    In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.

  • Legislation: Louisiana

    Common Core likely to push state budget out of spotlight during 2014 legislative session

    New Orleans Times-Picayune | by Lauren McGaughy and Julia O'Donoghue | March 11, 2014

    This year, the fight over the one-time money and fund sweeps will likely take a back seat to what are expected to be fierce battles over education funding and control and the tougher academic standards called Common Core.

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