Articles from newspapers and websites around the nation

  • Headlines: Georgia

    Key panel approves $20.8 billion budget with more for education, local projects

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by James Salzer | February 11, 2014

    A key House committee Tuesday approved a state budget for the upcoming year that puts more into local schools and construction projects and sends a message to the agency that provides health care to 650,000 teachers, state employees, retirees and their dependents.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Dems, Pa. budget chief wrangle over payments to state pension system | by Mary Wilson | February 11, 2014

    The state should make good on its rising scheduled payments into the retirement systems, several have said. Anything less would be "kicking the can down the road."

  • Headlines: Alaska

    Alaska budget officials grilled on 10-year plan

    The Anchorage Daily News | by Becky Bohrer | February 11, 2014

    Members of the House Finance Committee grilled Alaska state budget officials Monday on how realistic their 10-year budget plan is.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    State budget battle turning ugly | by Stuart Dyson | February 11, 2014

    At the State Capitol, the Battle of the Budget turns ugly, with one lawmaker complaining of threats and intimidation after she bolted party lines to vote with the other side.

  • Headlines: Iowa

    Auditor concludes Branstad budget plan has $144 million "spending gap"

    The Dubuque | by O. Kay Henderson | February 10, 2014

    State Auditor Mary Mosiman says Branstad makes his budget plan balance by using part of the state surplus to cover on-going expenses.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    At a time of surpluses elsewhere, Pennsylvania faces deficit

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | February 10, 2014

    After years of harsh budget cuts, the economic recovery has meant good news for states reaping the benefits of rebounding tax revenue. California has a $4.2 billion surplus. New York has $2 billion in extra cash. Across the country, state revenue is up 3.8 percent over last year, according to the National Association of State Budget Officials.

    But in Pennsylvania, the picture isn’t as rosy.

  • Headlines: California

    Government reform group launches public pension database B

    Sacramento Bee | by Jon Ortiz | February 10, 2014

    A conservative Southern California group has launched a public pension database that includes retirees’ names, their annual pension payments, years of service, last employer and year of retirement.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Phoenix to halt all union 'release time'

    Arizona Republic | by Dustin Gardiner | February 10, 2014

    Phoenix employee-union leaders will no longer be allowed to engage in union activities on the taxpayers’ dime, city officials announced Monday in the wake of a court ruling that banned Phoenix police officers from doing union work while on duty.


  • Headlines: Wyoming

    Wyoming lawmakers: Focus on state's budget this session, not 'Hill bill'

    The Capser Star Tribune | by Joan Barron | February 10, 2014

    The Joint Appropriations Committee's $3.3 billion general fund budget bill includes a 2 percent hike for each year.

  • Headlines

    Moody's report shows states' failure to recognize scope of broken promises

    by Cory Eucalitto | February 7, 2014

    Moody's new approach adds to the chorus of voices claiming that unfunded pension liabilities are a much larger problem than state governments currently recognize.  

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