• Headlines: Georgia

    Key panel approves $20.8 billion budget with more for education, local projects

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by James Salzer | February 11, 2014

    A key House committee Tuesday approved a state budget for the upcoming year that puts more into local schools and construction projects and sends a message to the agency that provides health care to 650,000 teachers, state employees, retirees and their dependents.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Dems, Pa. budget chief wrangle over payments to state pension system | by Mary Wilson | February 11, 2014

    The state should make good on its rising scheduled payments into the retirement systems, several have said. Anything less would be "kicking the can down the road."

  • Headlines: Alaska

    Alaska budget officials grilled on 10-year plan

    The Anchorage Daily News | by Becky Bohrer | February 11, 2014

    Members of the House Finance Committee grilled Alaska state budget officials Monday on how realistic their 10-year budget plan is.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    State budget battle turning ugly | by Stuart Dyson | February 11, 2014

    At the State Capitol, the Battle of the Budget turns ugly, with one lawmaker complaining of threats and intimidation after she bolted party lines to vote with the other side.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Auditor concludes Branstad budget plan has $144 million "spending gap"

    The Dubuque | by O. Kay Henderson | February 10, 2014

    State Auditor Mary Mosiman says Branstad makes his budget plan balance by using part of the state surplus to cover on-going expenses.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    At a time of surpluses elsewhere, Pennsylvania faces deficit

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | February 10, 2014

    After years of harsh budget cuts, the economic recovery has meant good news for states reaping the benefits of rebounding tax revenue. California has a $4.2 billion surplus. New York has $2 billion in extra cash. Across the country, state revenue is up 3.8 percent over last year, according to the National Association of State Budget Officials.

    But in Pennsylvania, the picture isn’t as rosy.

  • Headlines: California

    Government reform group launches public pension database B

    Sacramento Bee | by Jon Ortiz | February 10, 2014

    A conservative Southern California group has launched a public pension database that includes retirees’ names, their annual pension payments, years of service, last employer and year of retirement.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Phoenix to halt all union 'release time'

    Arizona Republic | by Dustin Gardiner | February 10, 2014

    Phoenix employee-union leaders will no longer be allowed to engage in union activities on the taxpayers’ dime, city officials announced Monday in the wake of a court ruling that banned Phoenix police officers from doing union work while on duty.


  • Headlines: Wyoming

    Wyoming lawmakers: Focus on state's budget this session, not 'Hill bill'

    The Capser Star Tribune | by Joan Barron | February 10, 2014

    The Joint Appropriations Committee's $3.3 billion general fund budget bill includes a 2 percent hike for each year.

  • Headlines

    Moody's report shows states' failure to recognize scope of broken promises

    by Cory Eucalitto | February 7, 2014

    Moody's new approach adds to the chorus of voices claiming that unfunded pension liabilities are a much larger problem than state governments currently recognize.  

  • Headlines: Connecticut

    Malloy budget spends more money on Conn. colleges | February 7, 2014

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget proposal includes more than $134 million in new funding for Connecticut's state college and university system to help launch a multi-year strategic improvement plan.

  • Headlines: California

    Jerry Brown says longer living state workers will drive pension costs up $1.2 billion a year

    The Sacramento Bee | February 6, 2014

    Gov. Jerry Brown urged CalPERS, the massive public employee pension fund, to move more quickly to address the increasing life expectancy of state employees.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    NM budget splits House committee along party lines | by Barry Massey | February 6, 2014

    State spending on public education and government programs would increase by 4.8 percent next year under a proposed budget heading to the New Mexico House with strong opposition from Republicans.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois lawmakers bypass reluctant Quinn on massive budget shortfall

    Illinois Watchdog | by Ben Yount | February 6, 2014

    "The governor is asking for a delay, but here in the House we are not asking for a delay. We're going to move forward," House Speaker Mike Madigan said Tuesday.

  • Headlines: New York

    Potential big-ticket budget items loom in NY

    The Wall Street Journal | February 6, 2014

    Even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about multi-year tax cuts and surpluses, potential state budget challenges loom on the horizon.

  • Most states aren’t very good at planning for the future

    The Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | February 6, 2014

    Virtually every state could do a better job at long-term fiscal planning, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • Headlines: Tennessee

    TN bill may make cities boost pension payments

    The Tennessean | by Chas Sisk | February 5, 2014

    Cities, counties and local authorities whose workers do not take part in the state's pension program could be required to boost annual contributions meant to ensure that the retirement plans remain solvent.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Snyder unveils 2015 budget with focus on education

    The Detroit News | by Chad Livengood and Steve Pardo | February 5, 2014

    Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled a 2015 fiscal year budget plan Wednesday that called for a $103 million tax cut for low- and middle-income residents and proposed pouring $609.3 million more into education programs from early childhood to college.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Gov. Corbett proposes $29.4 billion state budget; suggests pension savings, new money for education

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | by Karen Langley and Kate Giammarise | February 5, 2014

    After earlier proposals of spare budgets, Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday put forward a more generous plan for state government -- with a new $240 million grant program for K-12 education, an area of political liability -- as he heads into a re-election battle.

  • Headlines: Arkansas

    House Speaker Carter Open To Tweaking Arkansas 'Private Option'

    KUAR Public Radio | February 4, 2014

    Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter said Monday that voting on whether to reauthorize the "private option" will be one of the first things the Legislature will have to do when it convenes for this year's session on Feb. 10 since so many other parts of the budget depend on the program.

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