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  • Headlines: West Virginia

    State Budget Numbers Don't Add Up

    WAJR.com | February 19, 2014

    The budget numbers are not adding up for Senate Finance Committee Chair Roman Prezioso (D-Marion, 13) who sees much more demand for state dollars than what West Virginia has now and in the coming year.

  • Headlines

    States use gimmicks, late payments and accounting tricks to meet balanced budget requirements

    The Washington Examiner | by Mark Flatten | February 18, 2014

    Paying bills late, selling buildings and swiping money from special accounts are some of the gimmicks states are using to bypass balanced budget requirements, according to an SBS report on the tricks being used to paper over deep deficits.

  • Headlines: Georgia

    Georgia House backs budget plan for more school money

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by James Salzer | February 18, 2014

    The Georgia House overwhelmingly approved a $20.8 billion budget Monday for the upcoming year that includes more funding for pay raises and construction projects across the state.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    State budget battles taking shape

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long and Hal Dardick | February 18, 2014

    This year, the backdrop is the scheduled expiration of much of the 67 percent income-tax rate increase Democrats that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn pushed through three years ago.

  • Headlines

    A Severe Winter Breaks Budgets as Well as Pipes

    The New York Times | by Jesse McKinley and Richard Perez-Pena | February 18, 2014

    With revenues and staffing still below pre-recession levels, many local and state governments face a new financial strain from storm-related increases in spending on overtime pay, contractors and supplies.

  • Headlines: Minnesota

    Minn.'s DFL lawmakers aim to fill state budget reserve

    Prairie Business | February 14, 2014

    Minnesota's rainy-day fund could get a major boost this year if the state's next economic forecast still shows a budget surplus when it's released later this month.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma House of Representatives passes pension bill

    NewsOK.com | by Randy Ellis | February 14, 2014

    The state House of Representative on Thursday passed a bill that would require the Legislature to annually pay the actuarially required contribution amount needed to keep the state pension system on track to become fully funded.

  • Headlines: South Dakota

    SD budget committee rejects school aid plan

    The San Francisco Chronicle | by Chet Brokaw | February 14, 2014

    The House Appropriations Committee voted 5-4 to kill the funding proposal after a state budget official said it could be difficult to find money to pay for the extra school aid.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    House sends state budget bill back to committee

    SFGate.com | by Barry Massey | February 13, 2014

    A $6 billion budget proposal was sent back to a New Mexico House committee Wednesday for possible revisions to try to break a stalemate over education spending.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Federal mediators again call news conference on potential pension settlement

    The Providence Journal | by Katherine Gregg | February 13, 2014

    After a false start earlier this week, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has announced that it will hold a news conference at 4:15 p.m. Friday "to report on the ongoing court-ordered mediation to resolve pension litigation."

  • Headlines: Oregon

    Officials explain $1B budget hole

    The Statesman Journal | by Anna Staver | February 13, 2014

    Republicans worry the looming budget gap for health programs like Medicaid could mean cutting services and/or raising taxes in the 2015-17 budget, while Democrats think the hole could be closed without needing either.

  • Headlines: Florida

    FRS bill emerges in Senate

    The Tallahassee Democrat | by Travis Pillow and Jeff Burlew | February 13, 2014

    Cash-balance plan would protect against losses, at-risk employees have pension option in hybrid approach.

  • Headlines: Idaho

    Federal dollars account for 36 percent of state's budget

    The Idaho Reporter | by Dustin Hurst | February 12, 2014

    But while the Legislature might use one hand to push back against Uncle Sam, the other is wide open, searching for any type of cash handout it can get.

  • Headlines: Oregon

    Oregon state budget outlook: Jobs make up for drop in fees, corporate taxes

    The Oregonian | by Christian Gaston | February 12, 2014

    Oregon State Economist Mark McMullen gave a status quo report, with revenue from taxes and the lottery coming in slightly below expectations but job growth making up the difference.

  • Headlines: California

    California state worker pay database updated with 2013 figures

    Sacramento Bee | by Jon Ortiz | February 12, 2014

    The Sacramento Bee’s California state salary database has been revamped and updated with calendar 2013 payroll numbers. 

  • 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

    Newsworks.org | 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

    KOB.com | 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.


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