• Headlines: California

    California's finances improving faster than expected

    The Los Angeles Times | by Chris Megerian | November 21, 2013

    Legislature's advisors report higher-than-expected revenue could pump more than $4 billion in unanticipated funds into schools and community colleges starting next summer.

  • Headlines: Maine

    LePage again threatens to sue Appropriations Committee; AG says she won’t take part in 'frivolous' lawsuit

    The Bangor Daily News | by Mario Moretto | November 21, 2013

    Gov. Paul LePage has threatened to sue the state's budget-writing Appropriations Committee if they do not balance the state budget without using what he called accounting gimmicks.

  • Headlines: South Carolina

    S.C. pension system pays record fees, gets high return

    The State | by Adam Beam | November 21, 2013

    South Carolina's $27 billion retirement fund for state workers paid more than $400 million in management fees last year, a 33 percent jump from the previous fiscal year.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Top state lawmakers set pension talks

    The Bloomington Pantagraph | by Kurt Erickson | November 21, 2013

    The search for a way out of Illinois' pension mess continues today when the state's legislative leaders meet in a closed-door negotiating session in Chicago.

  • Headlines

    Even in States That Aren't Expanding, Thousands More Qualify for Medicaid

    Governing | by Chris Kardish | November 21, 2013

    Many Americans didn't know they were eligible for Medicaid until they sought insurance from their state's online health exchange. But experts say it's too soon to predict how much the new enrollees will impact state budgets.

  • Headlines: Alaska

    Alaska says no to Medicaid expansion

    Washington Post | by Reid Wilson | November 20, 2013

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) said Friday his state will not expand Medicaid under President Obama’s signature health-care law after a report estimated it would cost the state about $200 million over seven years.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Chicago's true pension debt exceeds $87 billion

    by Cory Eucalitto | November 20, 2013

    Chicago's debt isn't new news, but State Budget Solutions' recent fair-market value analysis shows that Cook County and Chicago taxpayers face a staggering $87.3 billion in unfunded public pension liabilities alone.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois gets $100 million in JPMorgan settlement

    Businessweek | November 20, 2013

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the money comes from a nationwide $13 billion deal between the bank, the U.S. Justice Department and several states.

  • Headlines: California

    Desert Hot Springs declares fiscal emergency

    Associated Press | November 20, 2013

    This financially troubled city declared a fiscal emergency Tuesday in an effort to avert a second federal bankruptcy filing.

  • Headlines: New York

    State overtime to hit $600M

    The Albany Times Union | by Rick Karlin | November 20, 2013

    State workers are on pace to clock $600 million in overtime this year, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Tuesday in a report that riled unions and sparked a harsh response from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

  • Headlines: Tennessee

    TennCare budget increases could swallow most new state revenues

    Chattanooga Times Free Press | by Andy Sher | November 19, 2013

    TennCare cost drivers include $78.1 million for 52,000 Tennesseans who under latest projections could wind up on TennCare due to President Barack Obama's health care law.

  • 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.

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