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.
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..
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.
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
The West Virginia Senate's budget pulls more money from the Rainy Day Fund to pay for increases in Medicaid.
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
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.
A GOP lawmaker has filed legislation that would allow quasi-governmental agencies to withdraw from Kentucky's public pension system if they agree to pay off their retirement liabilities.
Republicans and Democrats settled on a $6.97 billion budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2014. Such a compromise is not at all typical in the divided Legislature, and could allow lawmakers to adjourn ahead of schedule this year.
This year's package includes a $25 million boost in property tax credits, as well as money for water projects, prison overcrowding, parks maintenance, job training, developmental disability services and pediatric cancer research.