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  • 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.

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    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

    MissouriNet.com | 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.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    Budget gap lingers after House Dems nix tax hikes

    The Charleston Gazette | by Eric Eyre | February 21, 2014

    Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates made clear they have no interest in supporting any tax increases this session, leaving legislators to continue to try other possibilities for closing a $146 million hole in the 2014-15 state budget.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues

    WFPL.com | by Jonathan Meador | February 21, 2014

    Kentucky's pension woes are putting a strain on the Department of Juvenile Justice.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Bobby Jindal's state budget relies on New Orleans Convention Center cash

    New Orleans Times-Picayune | by Julia O'Donoghue | February 21, 2014

    Short on revenue to keep his proposed state budget in balance, Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to borrow $50 million from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to help pay for the Department of Health and Hospitals and higher education next fiscal year.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    $6.2 billion budget sent to governor

    The Albuquerque Journal | by Dan Boyd | February 20, 2014

    The New Mexico House of Representatives on Wednesday sent a $6.2 billion state budget bill to Gov. Susana Martinez, who called the spending plan a "good compromise" providing for key needs.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    State budget panel approves GOP deal on Scott Walker tax cut plan

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | by Jason Stein | February 20, 2014

    Gov. Scott Walker hailed a deal on his more than $500 million tax cut proposal as the Legislature's budget committee passed the bill on a party-line vote and then tossed in more tax cuts for makers of aircraft parts and credit card companies.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Where will the state budget surplus go - roads or a tax credit?

    MLive.com | by Tim Skubick | February 20, 2014

    In one corner are House members who think using a chunk of the extra moola should go back to the citizens who also happen to vote.

  • Headlines: South Carolina

    House budget proposal includes pay raise for SC state workers

    The State | by Adam Beam | February 20, 2014

    South Carolina's 58,000 state employees would get a 1.5 percent raise starting July 1 under a budget proposal approved by a House panel Wednesday.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Senate kicks off pension reform push, but hurdles remain

    Jacksonville.com | by Matt Dixon | February 20, 2014

    The Florida Senate's attempt at overhauling the state pension system formally kicked off Tuesday, but a reform bill tweaked after last year's failed reform effort is not likely to see smooth sailing.

  • Headlines

    Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

    Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

    From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

    But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

  • Headlines: California

    California's government to increase contributions to employee pensions

    Associated Press | by Fenit Nirappil | February 20, 2014

    California’s government will increase the amount it contributes to state employees’ pensions starting this summer, and cities and other government agencies will follow suit in two years, to help cover the cost of benefits for retirees who are living longer.

  • Headlines: Arkansas

    'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

    Associated Press | by Andrew DeMillo | February 19, 2014

    The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    The Shortfalls of Oklahoma's Defined Benefit Public Pension Plans

    by Cory Eucalitto | February 19, 2014

    Placing new employees in a defined contribution plan would ensure that Oklahoma is able to keep its promises to public servants while providing retirement security to a new generation of workers.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    State Budget Numbers Don't Add Up

    WAJR.com | February 19, 2014

    The budget numbers are not adding up for Senate Finance Committee Chair Roman Prezioso (D-Marion, 13) who sees much more demand for state dollars than what West Virginia has now and in the coming year.

  • Headlines

    States use gimmicks, late payments and accounting tricks to meet balanced budget requirements

    The Washington Examiner | by Mark Flatten | February 18, 2014

    Paying bills late, selling buildings and swiping money from special accounts are some of the gimmicks states are using to bypass balanced budget requirements, according to an SBS report on the tricks being used to paper over deep deficits.

  • Headlines: Georgia

    Georgia House backs budget plan for more school money

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by James Salzer | February 18, 2014

    The Georgia House overwhelmingly approved a $20.8 billion budget Monday for the upcoming year that includes more funding for pay raises and construction projects across the state.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    State budget battles taking shape

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long and Hal Dardick | February 18, 2014

    This year, the backdrop is the scheduled expiration of much of the 67 percent income-tax rate increase Democrats that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn pushed through three years ago.


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