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  • 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.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    GOP budget differences overblown

    AZCentral.com | by Robert Robb | March 21, 2014

    The initial differences between the budgets of Gov. Jan Brewer and Senate President Andy Biggs were always overblown. The more important story all along was how united statehouse Republicans are on the fundamental approach to the state budget.

  • Headlines

    Some state pensions in dire straits

    USA Today | by Dustin Racioppi | March 21, 2014

    Not making payments to the pension funds, or only paying a portion of what an actuary has recommended, is largely what got these debt-burdened states to where they are today, experts say.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    McAuliffe 2-Year Budget to Include Push for Healthcare Expansion

    NBC29.com | March 20, 2014

    Republicans want to pass a budget without healthcare expansion, and consider the issue separately. Democrats say that's not going to happen. And both sides say they're not budging any time soon.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Agencies could leave pension system under Senate bill

    The Louisville Courier-Journal | by Mike Wynn | March 20, 2014

    A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would let some public agencies withdraw from Kentucky's struggling pension system if they agree to pay off their retirement liabilities.

  • Headlines: New York

    New York state budget could overhaul existing estate tax rules

    Investment News | by Darla Mercado | March 20, 2014

    Legislators in New York this week are negotiating over Mr. Cuomo's proposed $140 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins on April 1.


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