• 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 | 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 | 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.

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