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  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    Gov. Scott Walker's administration names new budget director

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | by Jason Stein | November 19, 2013

    Gov. Scott Walker's administration has named a former policy analyst and health-care lobbyist to be the new state budget director.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Branstad: Reforms needed in Iowa's public employee pension systems

    The Des Moines Register | by William Petroski | November 19, 2013

    Gov. Terry Branstad said he's exploring reforms in Iowa's public employee pension programs, although he cautioned he's focused "on the art of the possible" and isn't sure changes will occur in the 2014 legislative session.

  • Headlines: Colorado

    Colorado PERA lowers investment expectation to 7.5 percent return

    The Denver Post | by Jennifer Brown | November 19, 2013

    Colorado's Public Employees' Retirement Association voted 8-7 to lower its expected rate of return on investments to 7.5 percent, down from 8 percent.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Chris Christie, Democratic lawmakers to tangle over tough state budgets

    Star-Ledger | by Salvador Rizzo | November 18, 2013

    Get ready for a rumble in Trenton in the coming months as Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic lawmakers hammer out the first of what are expected to be some of the toughest state budgets in decades.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Branstad: Budget surplus doesn't mean spending spree

    Des Moines Register | by William Petroski | November 18, 2013

    Despite a hefty state budget surplus, Gov. Terry Branstad is vowing he won’t let the Iowa Legislature go on a spending spree during the 2014 session that convenes in January.

     

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    The way West Virginia prices its bills is flawed, reports find

    Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | November 18, 2013

    Fiscal notes, legislative analysis, cost estimates — call it what you want, but the official price tags attached to bills are a key part of legislating at every level of government. Many states have dedicated legislative analysts, and virtually every state has at least some way of estimating the fiscal impact of proposed policies. But West Virginia’s methods may be seriously off the mark, according to a new report.

  • Headlines: Utah

    Governor: Budget blueprint won't touch Medicaid expansion

    The Salt Lake Tribune | by Robert Gehrke | November 15, 2013

    Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he won't include Medicaid expansion in his budget proposal next month, saying the program would likely be "a wash" financially for the state.

  • Headlines: California

    Gov. Brown to UC: Don't count on state for another budget increase

    The San Jose Mercury News | by Katy Murphy | November 15, 2013

    Gov. Jerry Brown handed the University of California and its new president, Janet Napolitano, what he called "a reality sandwich", saying it's unlikely state politicians will give the system the extra funding it wants for next year.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Chicago parks pension deal may be pattern for state

    The Bloomington Pantagraph | by Kurt Erickson | November 15, 2013

    That plan would force park employees to pay 3 percent more of their salaries into that system, delay the retirement age for many workers and pare down annual cost-of-living adjustments.

  • Headlines

    Is Wall Street to blame for the pension funding crisis?

    by Cory Eucalitto | November 14, 2013

    A narrative is emerging that blames systemic underfunding on a borderline conspiratorial connection between state and local governments and Wall Street fat cats. While it contains some truth, it at most only tells a small sliver of the story.

     

     

  • Headlines: Mississippi

    Miss. Gov's Budget Proposal: No New Taxes or Fees

    The Jackson Free Press | November 14, 2013

    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a state budget that would put more money into education and public safety but would not increase taxes or fees.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    R.I. Senator Ciccone asks SEC to probe state pension fund, 'excessive fees paid to brokers'

    The Providence Journal | by Katherine Gregg | November 14, 2013

    Where the complaint form asked for the "category that best describes your complaint,'' State Sen. Ciccone wrote: "False/misleading information in official statement documents.''

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    After sluggish start, Okla. revenue trends up

    Businessweek | November 14, 2013

    For the first four months of the current fiscal year, collections to the fund are still 6.2 percent below the estimate used to write the current year's state budget.

  • Headlines: Maine

    Maine state revenues rise, but finance chief warns that federal shutdown, tax hikes could quickly darken pictu

    The Bangor Daily News | by Christopher Cousins | November 14, 2013

    The Legislature, as part of a biennial budget bill, temporarily raised the sales tax from 5 percent to 5.5 percent and meals and lodging taxes from 7 percent to 8 percent. Those higher rates took effect Oct. 1 and are scheduled to expire on July 1, 2015.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    New state budget challenge surfaces for Corbett

    Daily Local News | by Marc Levy | November 13, 2013

    A drop in the amount of federal Medicaid matching dollars for Pennsylvania's services for the poor and disabled could be the latest significant budget challenge facing Gov. Tom Corbett.

  • Headlines: Tennessee

    Tough choices ahead in state budget says Governor

    WKRN | by Chris Bundgaard | November 13, 2013

    Governor Bill Haslam said he would be more "strategic and surgical" rather than do straight across-the-board cuts.

  • Headlines: New York

    New York State Officials Create Hotline To Report Pension Misconduct

    The New York Daily News | by Glenn Blain | November 13, 2013

    The state's Department of Financial Services is looking to the public for help in its probe for wrongdoing at government-run pension funds, including pension spiking, a practice through which employees load up on overtime in their final years of service to pad their pensions.

  • Headlines

    The price of college is rising faster for public schools than private ones

    Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | November 13, 2013

    Over the last decade, the price of a four-year college education has risen faster for public schools than private ones in every region of the country.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Court ruling questions Jindal budget balancing technique

    Advocate | by Michelle Millhollon | November 13, 2013

    A Baton Rouge judge ruled Tuesday that the Jindal administration and legislators should not have balanced the state’s operating budget by grabbing dollars from a retirement fund for probation and parole officers.

  • Headlines: North Dakota

    ND's budget triples since 2001-03

    Prairie Business | by Kyle Potter | November 12, 2013

    North Dakota's expenditures from its own general fund - made up of state taxes on income, sales, oil and more - have increased four times over during that dozen years.

    North Dakota’s expenditures from its own general fund – made up of state taxes on income, sales, oil and more – have increased four times over during that dozen years. - See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/16711/#sthash.v2Dt1KG4.dpufNorth Dakota's expenditures from its own general fund - made up of state taxes on income, sales, oil and more - have increased four times over during that dozen years.
    North Dakota’s expenditures from its own general fund – made up of state taxes on income, sales, oil and more – have increased four times over during that dozen years. - See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/16711/#sthash.v2Dt1KG4.dpuf
    North Dakota’s expenditures from its own general fund – made up of state taxes on income, sales, oil and more – have increased four times over during that dozen years. - See more at: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/16711/#sthash.v2Dt1KG4.dpuf

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