• Headlines: Illinois

    Chicago pension tab: $18,596 for every man, woman, child

    The Chicago Tribune | by Hal Dardick | January 30, 2014

    That per-person figure is the highest among the nation's 25 largest cities. It's nearly double that of New York, the city with the second-largest tab.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes $74 billion budget with new money going into tax relief

    The Tampa Bay Times | by Mary Ellen Klas | January 29, 2014

    Gov. Rick Scott packaged together his election-year priorities Wednesday and offered up a $74.19 billion budget proposal to Florida lawmakers that is slightly below the current year budget.

  • Headlines: Oregon

    Oregon lawmakers will have to re-balance budget | by Jonathan J. Cooper | January 29, 2014

    The opportunity to rebalance the two-year, $16.4 billion state budget in this way was one of the primary justifications lawmakers gave in seeking annual legislative sessions, which voters approved in the 2010 election.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Major union group sues to overturn Illinois pension law

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long and Rick Pearson | January 29, 2014

    Illinois' largest government employee unions sued to overturn Illinois' new pension law, ripping the long sought, landmark money-saving changes as outright "theft" from workers that won't pass a legal smell test.

  • Headlines: Montana

    GOP Montana legislators at odds on state spending increase

    The Missoulian | by Charles S. Johnson | January 29, 2014

    Republican legislators are using different comparisons to fight over how much the 2013 Legislature increased state spending over the next two years.

  • Headlines

    New data reveals amount of federal aid to states in 2012

    State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Shannan Younger | January 28, 2014

    Surprised to learn that state governments combined received 31.6% of their general revenue from the federal government in 2012, with one state getting a whopping 45.4% from the feds? Click here to learn what percentage of your state's general revenue came from Washington, D.C.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Iowa Senate panels OK school aid hikes, but Branstad nixes idea

    The Des Moines Register | by William Petroski | January 28, 2014

    The Iowa Senate wants to increase state money provided to public schools by 6 percent , but the proposal is probably going nowhere amid objections from Gov. Terry Branstad and House Republicans.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Scott pitches $542 million school budget increase

    The Tampa Bay Times | by Kathleen McGrory | January 28, 2014

    Facing one of the best state budget outlooks in recent memory, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday made a pitch to increase public school spending by $542 million.

  • Headlines: Washington

    Is it time for state lawmakers to give up their pensions? | by Essex Porter | January 28, 2014

    Monday, the Washington State Senate Ways and Means committee discussed a proposal to eliminate their own pensions beginning in July of 2015.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Pension Director: Kentucky Facing Ticking Timebomb When It Comes to Paying Retirees

    WKU Public Radio | by Jonathan Meador | January 28, 2014

    Kentucky's pension systems are slated to have to pay out more than $17 billion that the state doesn't have.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Next move Corbett's in long-running pension saga | by Mark Scolforo | January 27, 2014

    Gov. Tom Corbett and his budget secretary have used stark terms to discuss the state of Pennsylvania's public-sector pensions, a topic that many expect to be addressed when their 2014-15 budget proposal is unveiled in a little more than a week.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long and Maura Zurick | January 27, 2014

    New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than initially projected from the controversial major government worker pension overhaul that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn approved last month.

  • Headlines

    Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | January 27, 2014

    There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Some Missouri education funding still shy of past peaks

    The Kansas City Star | by David A. Lieb | January 27, 2014

    The figures from Gov. Jay Nixon's budget look big. There's $84 million in new operating funds for state colleges and universities. A 15 percent increase for public school busing. An additional $600 each for thousands of low-income students receiving state scholarships.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Brewer, budget committee release conflicting budgets

    Arizona Republic | by Alia Beard Rau | January 27, 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: Louisiana

    Jindal administration releases state budget for next fiscal year

    The Advocate | by Michelle Milhollon | January 27, 2014

    Legislators seemed happy with the governor's approach this year - or happier than they have been in the past. Education funding got a boost. Extra dollars were found for families struggling with developmental disabilities. Details on actual funding cuts will unfold in the coming weeks.

  • Headlines

    Unions Decline in Public Sector

    New York Times | by Associated Press | January 27, 2014

    The nation’s union membership held steady at 11.3 percent last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, but losses among state and government workers suggest an ominous trend for the future of organized labor. 

  • Headlines

    How states spend their cash, in 5 maps

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

    States spent more than they made for the third time in four years, according to new Census data.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Case before high court could shake public unions

    Sacramento Bee | by Jon Ortiz | January 24, 2014

    Maybe you haven’t heard about Harris v. Quinn, but you will, especially if the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling dooms public-employee collective bargaining.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Bill Challenges Union Privilege

    Workplace Choice | by Trey Kovacs | January 24, 2014

    Pennsylvania government unions are spreading misinformation about a bill that would end the practice of public employers deducting union dues from members’ paychecks.

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