• Headlines: Illinois

    Quinn signs Illinois pension bill

    The Chicago Tribune | December 6, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn offered a simple signing statement on the pension measure saying "Illinois is moving forward" and calling the law "a serious solution to the most dire fiscal challenge of our time."

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    State's pension systems seeking $2.3 billion in next two-year budget

    The Lexington Herald-Leader | by John Cheves | December 6, 2013

    Kentucky lawmakers will be asked for $2.3 billion in public pension contributions this winter as they prepare the state's next two-year budget, potentially diverting more than 10 percent of the budget for the retirement benefits of state workers and school teachers.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding

    The New York Times | by Rick Lyman | December 5, 2013

    The reckoning in Chicago is even nearer and more difficult than the one the state had faced, putting its Democratic mayor, Rahm Emanuel, in a difficult position under a tight deadline.

  • Headlines: Minnesota

    Today's Minnesota budget report has bearing on schools

    The Pioneer Press | December 5, 2013

    The comprehensive review of tax-and-spending patterns will help set expectations for Minnesota lawmakers when they return for their 2014 session in February.

  • Headlines: Mississippi

    Key Mississippi Committee Release 5.8-Billion Budget Recommendation

    Mississippi Public Broadcasting | by Jeffrey Hess | December 5, 2013

    The budget is less than a point-six percent increase from the current year.

  • Headlines: California, Michigan

    Bankrupt Detroit can cut pensions; implications big for California

    The Fresno Bee | by Dale Kessler | December 5, 2013

    Bottom line: It’s no longer realistic to assume public pensions are inviolable.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois Pension Fight Likely Shifting to Courts | by Sara Burnett | December 4, 2013

    The passage of a landmark bill to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis means the yearslong fight over how to address the massive shortfall now likely shifts to the courts, where its fate - and much-needed relief for the financially troubled state - remains highly uncertain.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Online gambling is good for New Jersey's credit rating

    Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | December 4, 2013

    It’s not much compared to the real thing but virtual gaming stands to generate $250 million to $500 million in gambling revenues in New Jersey in its first year, which is good news for the state’s credit standing, according to Moody’s, the ratings firm.

  • Headlines: South Dakota

    South Dakota Gov. Daugaard won't rule out future Medicaid expansion

    Washington Post | by Reid Wilson | December 4, 2013

    South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) doesn’t favor expanding Medicaid coverage to include more low-income residents, but it appears he won’t rule out the possibility of expanding the program in the future.

  • Headlines: Colorado

    Study says Colorado faces significant budget shortfall in future

    The Denver Post | by Anthony Cotton | December 4, 2013

    The study's release comes at a time when many services funded by the legislature are actually enjoying something of a rebound.

  • Headlines: Wyoming

    Wyoming governor says no to Medicaid expansion

    Washington Post | by Reid Wilson | December 4, 2013

    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) said Friday he doesn’t want his state to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage, due to problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act so far.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Detroit eligible for bankruptcy

    The Detroit News | by Robert Snell & Chad Livengood | December 3, 2013

    A federal judge has ruled Detroit is eligible to file for the nation's largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy to help dig out from under $18 billion in debt and that city pension payments can be cut to help make that happen.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois Lawmakers Confront Historic Burden of Pension Futility

    Bloomberg | by Tim Jones & Brian Chappatta | December 3, 2013

    Illinois's long-running pension drama, which stretches back decades, reaffirms the belief that politics is a game of addition, not subtraction.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Legislature's budget panel backs BadgerCare Plus change

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | by Patrick Marley | December 3, 2013

    Gov. Scott Walker wants to push back restructuring because of Obamacare problems.

  • Headlines: South Carolina

    First hearing planned on proposed SC Medicaid budget hike

    The State | by Adam Beam | December 3, 2013

    Lawmakers gave the agency an additional $110 million in general fund money for the 2014 budget. The agency is asking for an additional $165 million in the 2015 budget.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Economist cautiously optimistic about state budget | by Julia O'Donoghue | December 3, 2013

    There seems to be more good news than bad news for next year's state budget in Louisiana.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Three reasons Illinois' pension plan falls short

    by Cory Eucalitto | December 2, 2013

    The so-called "solutions" up for debate do little to free Illinois citizens from the crushing burden of unfunded pension liabilities. Learn more about why here, and click here to read Bob Williams' statement on the proposed plan.

  • Headlines: Montana

    A Montana group wants voters to decide on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion

    Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | December 2, 2013

    In Montana, the governor was for [Medicaid expansion], but a mistaken vote — yes one man’s mistake — killed its chances in the state House. But now, a coalition of groups under the banner Healthy Montana Initiative wants to put the question to voters next fall.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    In states' latest battle with organized labor, Illinois public unions target Democratic lawmakers

    Fox News | December 2, 2013

    The latest battle between organized labor and states trying to fix huge budget problems by cutting pension costs has surfaced in Illinois, where public union leaders are waging an all-out effort to stop the Democrat-led campaign.

  • Headlines: Wyoming

    Gov. Mead proposes Wyoming state employee pay raises

    The Casper Star-Tribune | December 2, 2013

    Gov. Matt Mead's proposed $3.3 billion general fund budget calls for roughly $88 million for employee pay raises.

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