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  • Headlines: New Jersey

    PBA head accuses Christie of using pension as a 'slush fund'

    NJ.com | by Darryl Isherwood | March 13, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Pension overhaul bill passes Oklahoma House

    NewsOK.com | by Randy Ellis | March 12, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    State budget impasse makes planning hard for local governments

    WVEC.com | March 12, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Budget, tax bills advances in Kentucky House

    The Louisville Courier-Journal | by Tom Loftus | March 12, 2014

    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

    Governor Martinez signs $6B state budget

    KRQE | by Lysee Mitri | March 11, 2014

    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.

  • 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.

  • Headlines

    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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