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  • Headlines: Colorado

    State Budget Surplus Leads To Spending Spree

    CBS Denver | March 11, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    State budget far from balanced

    The Advocate | March 11, 2014

    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.

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    Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

    New York Times | by Erica Goode | March 11, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Colorado

    As Colorado legislature enters second half, budget is among top priorities

    The Denver Post | by Kurtis Lee | March 10, 2014

    At the midway point of the session, dozens of bills with fiscal impacts remain in House and Senate appropriations committees, where some are likely to be rejected.

  • Headlines: California

    California Controller John Chiang proposes prefunding state retiree health care

    Sacramento Bee - State Worker | by Jon Ortiz | March 10, 2014

    A new tally of unfunded state retiree health care costs shows long-term obligations grew by hundreds of millions of dollars last year, prompting Controller John Chiang to propose a plan on Thursday to chip away at the debt..

     

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    US public pensions need more than investment windfall

    CNBC.com | March 10, 2014

    The higher-than-expected returns since 2012 are welcome, but experts say they don't make up for a legacy of insufficient funding, a problem that afflicts many states that allow elected officials to control the process.

  • Headlines: Maryland

    Extra pension payments cut by Senate committee to balance budget

    Maryland Reporter | by Len Lazarick | March 10, 2014

    The Maryland Senate Budget Committee voted Friday to take $500 million over the next five years from extra payments into the state pension system to balance the budget this year and for the next four.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    Senate Budget Uses $125 Million from Rainy Day Fund

    West Virginia Public Broadcasting | by Ashton Marra | March 7, 2014

    The West Virginia Senate's budget pulls more money from the Rainy Day Fund to pay for increases in Medicaid.

  • Headlines: Arkansas

    Lawmakers tackle surplus spending, state budget

    Arkansas News | by John Lyon | March 7, 2014

    A legislative panel on Thursday endorsed a plan to spend nearly $22 million of the state's projected $125 million budget surplus, settling on a handful of the more than $90 million in projects that legislators and Gov. Mike Beebe had proposed.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    'Retired' school chief teaches NJ pension a $1.7 million lesson

    New Jersey Watchdog | by Mark Lagerkvist | March 7, 2014

    The question is whether the New Jersey public retirement system - facing a $52 billion deficit - can afford to pay big pensions to retirees who are still working in high-paying public jobs.


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