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  • Headlines: Louisiana

    No mid-year budget cuts will be required as Louisiana revenue dips only slightly

    NOLA.com | by Julia O'Donoghue | January 16, 2014

    For the first time in six years, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will not have to make mid-year budget cuts because of less than projected state revenue.

  • Headlines: California

    Some Good News, and Some Big Challenges, for State Pension Funds

    KQED.com | by Dan Brekke | January 16, 2014

    Beyond the CalPERS report, though, looms the reality that the state's public sector retirement funds are still facing hundreds of billions of dollars in future retirement obligations that it hasn't yet figured out a way to pay for.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Major agreements reached before state budget debate

    EnterpriseNews.com | by Matt Murphy | January 15, 2014

    The budget chiefs in the House and Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick's top budget aide have agreed on a major pension system funding change ahead of this year's budget debate, and the Patrick administration on Tuesday also raised its estimate of available tax revenues for the current fiscal year.

  • Headlines: Maryland

    O'Malley to release state budget proposal

    The Washington Post | January 15, 2014

    The governor's office says the budget plan does not include new taxes or fee increases.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie's Call For Pension Concessions Sets Up Budget Battle With Sweeney

    NJ Spotlight | by Mark J. Magyar | January 15, 2014

    Gov. Chris Christie used his State of the State speech to argue that “further pension changes are needed” because the annual payments required to restore the pension system to solvency prevent the state from increasing the funding for education, crime prevention, infrastructure, and other needed programs or enacting a tax cut.

  • Headlines: Wyoming

    Wyoming Investment Income Plays Role in State Budget

    K2Radio.com | January 15, 2014

    Gov. Matt Mead told lawmakers last month the extra revenue means the state won't have to repeat the budget cuts it's seen in recent years.

  • Headlines

    State Budgets Still Need Reform

    Fox Business | by Peter Barnes | January 14, 2014

    Pension reforms enacted or under review by 43 states cover mainly new employees, the task force said, and "have had minimal effect on unfunded liabilities."

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Official says eight-month state budget is an option

    The Springfield News-Leader | by Jonathan Shorman | January 14, 2014

    An abbreviated budget would be designed to combat budget withholding by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Senate Appropriations Chairman Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican, said Nixon's withholds create "tremendous" uncertainty.

  • Headlines: California

    Brown budget plan faulted on bullet train, teacher pensions

    The Los Angeles Times | by Chris Megerian | January 14, 2014

    Legislative analyst praises Brown for paying down debt and adding to a reserve fund, but says more should be put into teacher pensions and calls bullet train funding risky.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Branstad proposes record $7 billion state general-fund budget

    The Sioux City Journal | by Rod Boshart | January 14, 2014

    The budget proposes to spend slightly more than $7 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1, an overall increase of 7.8 percent from current funding levels.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    Wisconsin funds post double-digit returns; pension increases possible

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 14, 2014

    The two pension funds for retired state workers operated by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board posted double-digit returns in 2013.

  • Headlines: Maine

    Maine Gov: $119M Needed to Balance State Budget

    MPBN | January 14, 2014

    Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration says lawmakers must find a way to fill a $119 million hole in the state's budget.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Mass. budget debate begins with revenue estimate

    Boston.com | January 13, 2014

    By Wednesday, top budget officials in the Patrick administration, the Massachusetts House and Senate must agree on a single, best estimate for how much the state is expected to collect in revenue in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Missouri governor, lawmakers disagree over state's budget

    The Columbia Missourian | by David A. Lieb | January 13, 2014

    For the first time in a decade, Missouri's top officials can't agree on how much money will be available for the state budget.

  • Headlines: Connecticut

    'A financial time bomb': State pension system is one of the country's most underfunded

    The Day | by Johanna Somers | January 13, 2014

    Retired Connecticut state employees received the highest annual pensions in the country in 2011, despite contributing less out of their paychecks than the national average.

  • Headlines: Washington

    Bill would phase out pensions for public employees in state

    The Seattle Times | by Jim Brunner | January 13, 2014

    Now that Boeing Machinists have given up their pensions, some state lawmakers are renewing calls for the state to end pensions for public employees and replace them with 401(k)-style retirement plans.

  • Headlines: California

    Gov. Jerry Brown Uses Surplus to Prevent Bankruptcies

    The Fiscal Times | by Eric Pianin | January 11, 2014

    Amid a rash of municipal bankruptcies and mounting concerns about unfunded state pension benefits, Gov. Jerry Brown of California is charting a course of fiscal probity that could have broader implications for the rest of the country.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    McCrory administration explores broad budget cuts to boost teacher pay

    The News & Observer | by Patrick Gannon | January 11, 2014

    A memo from State Budget Director Art Pope to department heads is additional evidence that state leaders may increase pay for state workers in the 2014-15 budget, but it also suggests that departmental budgets might be cut to cover the cost.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    Moody’s upbeat on NM pension reforms

    The Albuquerque Journal | by Winthrop Quigley | January 11, 2014

    Moody's Investor Service praised last month's New Mexico Supreme Court decision upholding changes in the state's public pension programs, calling it "credit positive" for state and local debt.

  • Headlines: California

    Brown Proposes Record $106.8 Billion California Budget

    Bloomberg | by Michael B. Marois | January 10, 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record $106.8 billion budget as state coffers brim with the biggest surplus in more than a decade, setting up a fight with fellow Democrats who want more spending.


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