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  • Headlines: Illinois

    Gov. Quinn's Tax Pickle

    The Wall Street Journal | by Allysia Finley | April 30, 2014

    Gov. Quinn suggested that Chicago's impending pension crisis could be ameliorated by state revenue sharing. The city of Chicago and its schools have a combined $30 billion in unfunded pension liability.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Budget for health and welfare programs passes Iowa Legislature

    The Des Moines Register | by Jason Noble | April 30, 2014

    The House and Senate each passed a $1.9 billion budget for the state's health and social service functions, including the Medicaid health-care program for the poor.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois residents paying more taxes for fewer services

    Illinois Watchdog | by Ben Yount | April 29, 2014

    "The pension obligation debt is eight times all the bond debt for building roads and schools and everything else," said Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions. "Essentially, the state has been living on credit cards."

  • Headlines: Virginia

    GOP leaders: Democrats 'playing games' with state budget

    The Virginian-Pilot | by Julian Walker | April 29, 2014

    Frustrated Virginia legislative Republicans accused Democrats of state budget brinkmanship after one Democratic senator in published remarks said he's willing to overshoot a key fiscal deadline to get concessions on Medicaid expansion.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Lawmakers wrap up $75B state budget

    The Orlando Sentinel | by Aaron Deslatte and Jason Garcia | April 29, 2014

    With $1.3 billion in tax revenue to spare, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford still have to polish off the details of $500 million in tax cuts before the session adjourns Friday.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Pension revamp could cost more without change

    The New Orleans Advocate | April 29, 2014

    Louisiana's contribution to the state employee retirement system could increase if a provision in a retiree cost-of-living revamp legislation isn't changed, a pension system actuary said.

  • Headlines

    Meet J. Scott Moody, the new CEO of SBS

    State Budget Solutions | April 29, 2014

    We are thrilled to welcome the new CEO of SBS, J. Scott Moody!  Learn more about him and what he brings to the position in this Q & A session.

  • Headlines: Georgia

    Gov. Deal signs election-friendly budget into law

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by Greg Bluestein | April 28, 2014

    The fiscal 2015 spending plan, a $20.8 billion blueprint which takes effect July 1, puts more than $300 million extra into schools with the goal of eliminating furloughs, lengthening the school year and giving teachers pay raises.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Missouri senators to take up $26.8 billion budget plan

    The Kansas City Star | April 28, 2014

    The budget pending in the Republican-led Legislature is about $900 million smaller than the one proposed in January by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The difference is due largely to the fact that lawmakers chose not to include a federally funded Medicaid expansion sought by Nixon.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Massachusetts' $36.2 billion budget bill is peppered with add-ons

    MassLive.com | April 28, 2014

    House lawmakers filed nearly 1,200 amendments in advance of Monday's scheduled debate on the state's $36.2 billion budget, some to restore funds slashed from programs during lean economic times and others to benefit pet projects at the local level.


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