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
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’s credit outlook was revised to negative by Fitch Ratings, which cited budget strains and ballooning retirement costs.
Headlines: New Mexico
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.
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
Governor uses line-item veto to trim raid of Rainy Day fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.