• 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.

  • Headlines: Colorado

    As Colorado legislature enters second half, budget is among top priorities

    The Denver Post | by Kurtis Lee | March 10, 2014

    At the midway point of the session, dozens of bills with fiscal impacts remain in House and Senate appropriations committees, where some are likely to be rejected.

  • Headlines: California

    California Controller John Chiang proposes prefunding state retiree health care

    Sacramento Bee - State Worker | by Jon Ortiz | March 10, 2014

    A new tally of unfunded state retiree health care costs shows long-term obligations grew by hundreds of millions of dollars last year, prompting Controller John Chiang to propose a plan on Thursday to chip away at the debt..


  • Headlines

    US public pensions need more than investment windfall | March 10, 2014

    The higher-than-expected returns since 2012 are welcome, but experts say they don't make up for a legacy of insufficient funding, a problem that afflicts many states that allow elected officials to control the process.

  • Headlines: Maryland

    Extra pension payments cut by Senate committee to balance budget

    Maryland Reporter | by Len Lazarick | March 10, 2014

    The Maryland Senate Budget Committee voted Friday to take $500 million over the next five years from extra payments into the state pension system to balance the budget this year and for the next four.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    Senate Budget Uses $125 Million from Rainy Day Fund

    West Virginia Public Broadcasting | by Ashton Marra | March 7, 2014

    The West Virginia Senate's budget pulls more money from the Rainy Day Fund to pay for increases in Medicaid.

  • Headlines: Arkansas

    Lawmakers tackle surplus spending, state budget

    Arkansas News | by John Lyon | March 7, 2014

    A legislative panel on Thursday endorsed a plan to spend nearly $22 million of the state's projected $125 million budget surplus, settling on a handful of the more than $90 million in projects that legislators and Gov. Mike Beebe had proposed.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    'Retired' school chief teaches NJ pension a $1.7 million lesson

    New Jersey Watchdog | by Mark Lagerkvist | March 7, 2014

    The question is whether the New Jersey public retirement system - facing a $52 billion deficit - can afford to pay big pensions to retirees who are still working in high-paying public jobs.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Bill would let some agencies leave Kentucky Retirement Systems

    The Courier-Journal | by Mike Wynn | March 7, 2014

    A GOP lawmaker has filed legislation that would allow quasi-governmental agencies to withdraw from Kentucky's public pension system if they agree to pay off their retirement liabilities.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Iowa House and Senate agree on $6.97 billion state budget for coming year

    The Des Moines Register | by William Petroski | March 6, 2014

    Republicans and Democrats settled on a $6.97 billion budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2014. Such a compromise is not at all typical in the divided Legislature, and could allow lawmakers to adjourn ahead of schedule this year.

  • Headlines: Nebraska

    $8.8B budget includes boost in property tax credits, funds to ease prison overcrowding

    The Omaha World-Herald | by Martha Stoddard | March 6, 2014

    This year's package includes a $25 million boost in property tax credits, as well as money for water projects, prison overcrowding, parks maintenance, job training, developmental disability services and pediatric cancer research.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Rhode Island's Winding Road to Serious Pension Reform

    Governing | by Charles Chieppo | March 6, 2014

    Under the settlement, individuals who retired before June 30, 2012, would get a one-time 2 percent COLA. Going forward, COLAs would be awarded every fourth year (instead of every fifth under the original legislation) until state pensions are 80 percent funded.

  • Headlines: Washington

    House OKs supplemental budget; Senate negotiations next

    The Seattle Times | March 5, 2014

    The measure makes adjustments to the $33.6 billion, two-year state operating budget approved by the Legislature last year.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    House passes supplemental budget bill stripped of regional transit funding

    The Lansing State Journal | by Kathleen Gray | March 5, 2014

    Republicans in the House said their version of the bill was a more fiscally responsible supplemental budget.

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