• Headlines: Minnesota

    Minnesota budget surplus grows to $1.23 billion

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune | by Baird Helgeson | February 28, 2014

    Legislators have been in session less than two weeks and are already figuring out ways to spend the money.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Coalition wants $275M more in direct state aid for classrooms

    The Detroit News | by Chad Livengood | February 28, 2014

    A coalition of public school advocates on Thursday proposed an alternative to Gov. Rick Snyder's education budget that would give school districts $250 to $291 more per student next year.

  • Headlines: Maine

    Maine lawmakers forge ahead on supplemental budget without LePage

    The Bangor Daily News | by Scott Thistle | February 27, 2014

    The state's constitution requires a balanced budget and devoid a supplemental budget offering from Republican Gov. Paul LePage, committee members have been left largely on their own as they attempt to craft the spending document.

  • Headlines: Maryland

    Franchot, Kopp fight transfer of pension money

    The Baltimore Sun | by Michael Dresser | February 27, 2014

    Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot warned senators Wednesday that Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to divert $100 million a year from the state pension fund to next year's budget threatens the long-term health of the retirement system.

  • Headlines

    Study rates public pension overhauls in other states

    Sacramento Bee - State Worker | by Jon Ortiz | February 27, 2014

    Public pension-change efforts in states that have rolled back benefits share some common characteristics, according to a paper issued today by the influential Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie proposes $34.4B budget, warns of looming pension costs | by Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman | February 26, 2014

    Touting "an era of fiscal restraint" while warning that soaring pension costs would demand changes, Gov. Christie on Tuesday proposed a $34.4 billion budget for next year without pitching the income-tax cut he has long sought.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Proposed state budget would divert $76 million away from cash-strapped student aid programs

    The Lexington Herald-Leader | by Linda B. Blackford | February 26, 2014

    Kentucky lawmakers diverted more than $100 million in lottery proceeds away from state financial aid programs for college students since 2009, and might take an additional $76 million over the next two years.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    In Detroit Bankruptcy, a Battle Over Speed

    The Wall Street Journal | by Matthew Dolan | February 26, 2014

    Days after Detroit filed its financial-reorganization plan in court, the city and its creditors are battling over how quickly the judge should move to resolve the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy case.

  • Headlines: New York

    Comptroller issues warning on state's budget

    The Buffalo News | by Tom Precious | February 25, 2014

    New York state's chief fiscal watchdog believes Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's rosy fiscal assumptions for the coming years may be a bit too rosy.

  • Headlines: Washington

    Washington Senate budget would add money for schools

    The Spokesman-Review | by Jim Camden | February 25, 2014

    Public schools would get more money for math and science supplies and state colleges would keep tuition from going up in a proposal released by Washington Senate budget writers.

  • Headlines: Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas

    Virginia and other states wrestle with whether to expand Medicaid under Affordable Care Act

    The Washington Post | by Laura Vozzella | February 25, 2014

    The politics of expansion are an extension of the battle over the Affordable Care Act that has raged in the nation's capital for years - threatening to bring dug-in partisans and Washington-style gridlock to places such as Richmond, where legislators ordinarily pride themselves on working things out in the collegial "Virginia way."

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Moody's looks favorably on RI's pension lawsuit settlement

    The Providence Journal | by Tom Mooney | February 25, 2014

    Moody's said the settlement, which restores some small pension cost of living adjustments, lowers some retirement ages and allows long-time employees to keep their traditional pension plan, represents "a small fraction" of additional costs to state and local communities.

  • Headlines

    Public Pension Tabs Multiply as States Defer Costs and Hard Choices

    The New York Times | by Rick Lyman and Mary Williams Walsh | February 25, 2014

    More than 40 states have taken steps in recent years to rein in mounting public employee pension costs that threaten to strangle government services. But none have come close to closing their pension gaps quickly enough to keep pace with a rapidly aging - and retiring - public work force.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Arizona state budget: Amid competing needs, many priorities suffer | by Mary Jo Pitzl, | February 24, 2014

    Taxpayers contribute a smaller portion of their income to running state government than they did 35 years ago, even though the state has taken on more responsibility for health care for low-income residents, increased education standards and expanded its scope of services.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie's new budget could have drastic effect on NJ residents | by Salvador Rizzo | February 24, 2014

    Once Gov. Chris Christie unveils his new budget plan for New Jersey in a Statehouse speech tomorrow, two big issues that have dominated Trenton will likely take center stage: taxes and retirement benefits for public workers.

  • Headlines

    Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | February 24, 2014

    For more than a century, lawmakers from big cities have complained that their voices are ignored in state legislatures. And, it turns out, they’re right.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    Wisconsin's Legacy for Unions

    New York Times | by Steven Greenhouse | February 24, 2014

    Governor Scott Walker’s landmark law — called Act 10 — severely restricted the power of public-employee unions to bargain collectively, and that provision, among others, has given social workers, prison guards, nurses and other public employees little reason to pay dues to a union that can no longer do much for them.

  • Headlines

    Powerball, Mega Millions give state budgets a lift

    Associated Press | by Ryan J. Foley | February 24, 2014

    The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. 

  • Headlines: Michigan

    General city pensioners to take 34% cut, police and fire 10% plus lose cost of living

    The Detroit Free Press | by Susan Tompor and Joe Guillen | February 21, 2014

    City of Detroit retirees will face sizable cuts to their monthly pension checks in the future, as the city works its way out of bankruptcy, according to a first proposal from Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Governor, lawmakers disagree on emergency $44-mil for K-12 education | by Mike Lear | February 21, 2014

    Governor Jay Nixon says the budget for the current fiscal year overestimated the revenue available from riverboat gambling, lottery and other revenue that goes to the school foundation formula. That is why he requested $44.1-million in the supplemental budget to make up for the shortfall.

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