Headlines: New York
The lobbying comes as Senate Republicans and the breakaway Democrats tried to agree on a fiscal plan that will outline that chamber's positions in budget negotiations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders face an April 1 deadline to finalize a spending plan.
For the budget year beginning July 1, Gov. Nixon is counting on 5.2 percent growth in general revenue. House and Senate budget leaders, however, project growth at 4.2 percent.
Headlines: New Jersey
The head of the state's police unions today slammed Gov. Chris Christie over some $50 million in what he called "pension giveaways" to local municipalities.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would overhaul the state pension system by moving new employees of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System from a defined benefit plan.
Local governments in Virginia can't plan their budgets until they know how much money they'll receive from the state. That puts fire, police, and schools in limbo.
Over objections of minority Republicans, the House budget committee on Tuesday approved a $20 billion budget bill that makes minor changes to Gov. Steve Beshear's proposal.
Headlines: New Mexico
As signed, the $6.15 billion budget increases state spending by 4.3% over the current fiscal year. Education spending increases by 5.75% to a record high of $2.7 billion.
For the first time in years the state budget is seeing a surplus rather than a deficit and Lawmakers seem to think this money is a lot more than it really is.
The Jindal administration has a ways to go to balance the current year's $25.6 billion state budget, the Louisiana Senate's chief budget advisor said.
In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.