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  • Headlines: Virginia

    McAuliffe offers new budget, but House lawmakers aren't buying

    The Washington Post | by Laura Vozzella | March 25, 2014

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried to shake up Virginia's deadlocked Medicaid debate Monday by proposing a new budget that would expand the health-care program and shower a projected $225 million in related savings on teachers, state employees, pre-kindergarten programs and other Democratic priorities.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Gov. Christie Retroactively Cuts State Pension Payment

    Philly.com | March 25, 2014

    Facing another year of fiscal problems, Gov. Chris Christie unilaterally changed the funding formula for the state's pension contribution so that he could cancel $93.7 million in previously budgeted pension payments due in June, cut next year's pension bill by $150 million, and put $900 million less into the underfunded pension system by the end of his term.

  • Headlines: New York

    Watchdog: State raids legal funds for poor

    Rochester Democrat & Chronicle | by Gary Craig | March 25, 2014

    As counties like Monroe struggle to cover the cost of legal defense for the poor, state lawmakers have been raiding tens of millions of dollars from a fund designated for that very purpose.

  • Headlines: Indiana

    Indiana to become 1st state to withdraw from Common Core education standards

    Associated Press | March 24, 2014

    Indiana is the first state to withdraw from the Common Core reading and math standards that were adopted by most states around the country.

  • Headlines: Idaho

    Otter orders more transparency on federal spending, preparation for cuts

    Idaho Reporter | by Dustin Hurst | March 24, 2014

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued an executive order that will help Idahoans identify the sources of funding for government programs and initiatives.

  • Headlines: New York

    State Budget Talks Break Down as Deadline Nears

    Gannett | by Jon Campbell | March 24, 2014

    No one can say for sure what happened in closed-door state budget negotiations Friday morning, aside from the four men and their aides who were in the room.

    This much, however, is for certain: It didn't go well.
  • Headlines: New Jersey

    New Jersey Credit Outlook Revised to Negative by Fitch

    Bloomberg | by Romy Varghese | March 24, 2014

    New Jersey’s credit outlook was revised to negative by Fitch Ratings, which cited budget strains and ballooning retirement costs.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    Governor wants NM to stop collecting union dues

    Associated Press | March 21, 2014

    Contract talks with state employee unions are at an impasse because New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state to stop collecting union dues through withdrawals from employees' paychecks, the governor said.

  • Headlines: Alabama

    State budgets on hold until after spring break

    The Times Daily | March 21, 2014

    Alabama legislative leaders had hoped to complete work on the education budget before lawmakers left on spring break, but they couldn't fashion a version that had broad support. The budget will have to wait until the Legislature returns April 1.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    Tomblin cuts $67 million from budget

    The Charleston Gazette | by Phil Kabler | March 21, 2014

    Governor uses line-item veto to trim raid of Rainy Day fund.


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