• Headlines: Michigan

    Michigan governor defends state money for Detroit pensions

    Reuters | January 24, 2014

    As retirees and lawmakers began leveling criticism at Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's plan to use $350 million of state money to reduce cuts in pension benefits for Detroit workers, Snyder set out on Thursday to defend the proposal as a way to help ease the impact of the city's bankruptcy on its retired workers.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Brewer, budget committee release conflicting budgets

    The Republic | by Alicia Beard Rau | January 24, 2014

    Gov. Jan Brewer and legislative economists over the past week released conflicting budget predictions for the next three years, setting the stage for a battle over Arizona's future.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Patrick unveils $36.4B budget that hikes spending

    Associated Press | by Steve LeBlanc | January 24, 2014

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick delivered his final state budget plan to Beacon Hill lawmakers Wednesday, a $36.4 billion proposal that would increase spending by 4.9 percent over the current budget.

  • Headlines

    Data Shows Correlation Between Government Union Power and State Government Solvency

    Union Watch | by Mike Shedlock | January 23, 2014

    In terms of long-term solvency (the most critical issue), New Jersey and Illinois are at the bottom of the heap. Pension plans and union activism are to blame.


  • Headlines: New York

    Cuomo, de Blasio School Funding Plans in Albany Showdown

    The Wall Street Journal | by Michael Howard Saul, Lisa Fleisher, Erica Orden | January 23, 2014

    Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed paying for pre-K without raising taxes, Mayor Bill de Blasio's next challenge is to convince Albany lawmakers that the governor's plan is insufficient.

  • Headlines: Washington

    New state budget may not be needed, says Ways & Means chair

    The Seattle Times | by Andrew Garber | January 23, 2014

    Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill said he's not sure the Legislature needs to pass a state operating budget this year. Democrats, who control the House and governor's office, disagree.

  • Headlines: California

    Loan for bullet train part of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal

    The Los Angeles Times | by Ralph Vartabedian | January 23, 2014

    California would lend $29 million to the High-Speed Rail Authority. Financing proposals for the project have raised concerns from lawmakers, including a key bullet train supporter.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Beshear proposes state budget that boosts school spending, cuts many other programs

    The Lexington Herald-Leader | by John Cheves | January 23, 2014

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday proposed a $20.3 billion, two-year spending plan for Kentucky that would return much of the state's lost funding for K-12 schools but nearly $100 million in cuts to much of the rest of state government.

  • Headlines: Vermont

    Medicaid, housing up for boost in state budget

    The Barre Montpeleier Times Argus | January 23, 2014

    The Vermont House is set to consider an annual midyear budget adjustment today that deviates very little from Gov. Peter Shumlin's proposal.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Steve Grossman says 'outstanding' 2013 means state pension fund will narrow funding gap

    Boston Business Journal | by Matthew L. Brown | January 23, 2014

    The managers of the state's pension fund say last year's performance was so good, they'll be able to narrow the yawning gap between what the fund owes retirees and what it actually has in the bank.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Report: State budget deficits will rise despite pension reform

    The State Journal-Register | by Doug Finke | January 21, 2014

    A new report shows that Illinois' recently enacted pension reform law will not eliminate the state's chronic structural deficit. Even keeping the temporary income tax increase in place, coupled with pension reforms, the state's budget deficit will continue to grow.

  • Headlines: New York

    Juggling act, state budget style

    The Albany Times Union | by Casey Seiler and James M. Odato | January 21, 2014

    Gov. Cuomo's fiscal plan is expected to climb past $140 billion with the addition of federal dollars to fund the Affordable Care Act and Superstorm Sandy recovery.

  • Headlines: Maryland

    Maryland budget analyst calls for a more cautious approach than O'Malley's proposal

    The Washington Post | by Fredrick Kunkle | January 21, 2014

    A top budget analyst urged Maryland lawmakers to take a more cautious approach toward state spending than that taken by Gov. Martin O'Malley in his proposed budget.

  • Headlines

    Unfunded public employee pensions drive state debts skyward

    The Washington Examiner | by Mark Tapscott | January 21, 2014

    State governments are piling up debt almost as fast as the federal government, with a total of $5.1 trillion now on their books.

  • Headlines: Georgia

    Ga. governor proposes $42 billion budget

    Businessweek | by Ray Henry | January 17, 2014

    Georgia would increase its education spending under a budget plan Wednesday from Gov. Nathan Deal that comes after schools districts repeatedly shortened their school years and cut teacher pay to cope with a bad recession and slow recovery.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Okla. gov, speaker differ on state budget ideas

    MSN Money | by Sean Murphy | January 17, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin and House Speaker T.W. Shannon differ on how to tackle several major budget issues, including the use of bonds to pay for infrastructure improvements and a tax incentive for horizontal oil and gas drilling.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    Wisconsin budget surplus nears $1 billion

    Businessweek | by Scott Bauer | January 17, 2014

    Wisconsin's budget surplus was projected to reach nearly $1 billion, money that Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders are eyeing for income and property tax cuts.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    Commission to consider reforms to NC pension fund structure

    News & Observer | by David Bracken | January 17, 2014

    State Treasurer Janet Cowell announced Thursday the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to review the state's governance structure for investment management.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Pension-Fix Impasse Punishes Investors: Muni Credit

    Bloomberg | by Romy Varghese | January 17, 2014

    Pennsylvania, which shoulders one of the biggest pension burdens among U.S. states, is bucking the wave of local governments trimming the benefits. Its bondholders are paying the price.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Chafee's $8.5B budget holds tax rates, boosts K-12 | by Ted Nesi | January 16, 2014

    The governor's proposed budget would increase Rhode Island's state spending by 4% to $8.5 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year that starts July 1, with about a third of the money coming from the federal government.

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