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  • Headlines: Washington

    House OKs supplemental budget; Senate negotiations next

    The Seattle Times | March 5, 2014

    The measure makes adjustments to the $33.6 billion, two-year state operating budget approved by the Legislature last year.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    House passes supplemental budget bill stripped of regional transit funding

    The Lansing State Journal | by Kathleen Gray | March 5, 2014

    Republicans in the House said their version of the bill was a more fiscally responsible supplemental budget.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Chicago credit rating takes major hit

    The Chicago Tribune | by Hal Dardick | March 5, 2014

    Chicago's financial standing took a hit Tuesday when a major bond rating agency once again downgraded the city's credit worthiness because of a huge government worker pension shortfall and the overall amount of money it owes.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    Art Pope rejects UNC system's budget proposal

    The Times-News | March 5, 2014

    Art Pope, the state budget director, has kicked the UNC system's budget proposal back to the Board of Governors for a rewrite, saying it "simply is not realistic."

  • Headlines: South Dakota, New Hampshire , Maine , Georgia

    Four states maneuver on Medicaid expansion

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | March 5, 2014

    Faced with the prospect of tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, in federal funding, states are racing to find politically palatable ways to expand Medicaid.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Weatherford's base shows up to give him boost before pension battle

    The Miami Herald | by Michael van Sickler | March 4, 2014

    Pushing pension reform has been no easy task for Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford in the last two years, yet Weatherford persists, listing it at the top of his legislative agenda for this year's session, which begins Tuesday.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Detroit reaches settlement over controversial debt deal

    USA Today | by Nathan Bomey and Brent Snavely | March 4, 2014

    The city of Detroit revealed a proposed settlement with two banks late Monday to pay off a controversial debt deal called swaps, which helped plunge Detroit into bankruptcy.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Lawmakers look to lock down health care funding in state budget

    NOLA.com | by Julia O'Donoghue | March 4, 2014

    The Louisiana State Legislature will once again consider legislation to limit their own ability to move around money in the state budget this year, a move that critics say say will tie lawmakers hands to deal with revenue shortfalls in the future.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Civic Federation Releases Plan to Balance State Budget

    NBC Chicago | by Mark W. Anderson | March 4, 2014

    The plan relies on a mix of new taxes, spending cuts and completely paying down Illinois' $5.4 billion backlog of bills. The five-year plan also calls for building a "rainy day" fund and restoring municipalities' full share of revenue generated by taxes.

  • Headlines: Minnesota

    Dump the 'inflation bias' in state budget forecasts

    Minneapolis Star Tribune | by William C. Melton | March 3, 2014

    The $2.6 billion number cited for the surplus in the planning estimates for the next biennium is far too optimistic — and the distortion is probably going to get worse in the future.


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