Articles from newspapers and websites around the nation

  • Headlines: Arizona

    GOP budget differences overblown | by Robert Robb | March 21, 2014

    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.

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    Some state pensions in dire straits

    USA Today | by Dustin Racioppi | March 21, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    McAuliffe 2-Year Budget to Include Push for Healthcare Expansion | March 20, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Agencies could leave pension system under Senate bill

    The Louisville Courier-Journal | by Mike Wynn | March 20, 2014

    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.

  • Headlines: New York

    New York state budget could overhaul existing estate tax rules

    Investment News | by Darla Mercado | March 20, 2014

    Legislators in New York this week are negotiating over Mr. Cuomo's proposed $140 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins on April 1.

  • Headlines: Alabama

    Senate budget chairman Arthur Orr proposes $400 bonus for state employees | by Mike Cason | March 19, 2014

    The budget would spend $1.8 billion from the General Fund, a main source of state dollars for non-education agencies.

  • Headlines: Ohio

    $3 million in state budget allocated to Cincinnati Zoo | March 19, 2014

    The $3 million allocated to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in the 2014 Capital Budget will go toward the zoo's Africa project and cheetah breeding facility.

  • Headlines: California

    Reed Pulls Plug on State Pension Reform, Wins Appeal of $1 Fine

    San Jose Inside | by Jennifer Wadsworth | March 19, 2014

    After losing an appeal over ballot measure language, Mayor Chuck Reed decided to drop his 2014 state pension reform campaign and delay it to 2016.

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    Great Expectations: States still use unrealistic pension assumptions | by Eric Boehm | March 19, 2014

    A recent study by the Society of Actuaries, a national industry group, concluded that states and municipalities shouldn’t use discount rates that are unlikely to be achieved.

  • Headlines: Delaware

    Lower revenue threatens Markell budget plan

    Delaware Online | by Jonathan Starkey | March 18, 2014

    State tax collections dropped $40 million below expectations, according to an advisory panel that delivered the latest projections Monday that could cause more trouble for Gov. Jack Markell as he seeks support for multiple tax increases and his broader $3.8 billion budget plan.

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