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    Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

    Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

    From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

    But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

  • Headlines: California

    California's government to increase contributions to employee pensions

    Associated Press | by Fenit Nirappil | February 20, 2014

    California’s government will increase the amount it contributes to state employees’ pensions starting this summer, and cities and other government agencies will follow suit in two years, to help cover the cost of benefits for retirees who are living longer.

  • Headlines: Arkansas

    'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

    Associated Press | by Andrew DeMillo | February 19, 2014

    The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    The Shortfalls of Oklahoma's Defined Benefit Public Pension Plans

    by Cory Eucalitto | February 19, 2014

    Placing new employees in a defined contribution plan would ensure that Oklahoma is able to keep its promises to public servants while providing retirement security to a new generation of workers.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    State Budget Numbers Don't Add Up

    WAJR.com | February 19, 2014

    The budget numbers are not adding up for Senate Finance Committee Chair Roman Prezioso (D-Marion, 13) who sees much more demand for state dollars than what West Virginia has now and in the coming year.

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    States use gimmicks, late payments and accounting tricks to meet balanced budget requirements

    The Washington Examiner | by Mark Flatten | February 18, 2014

    Paying bills late, selling buildings and swiping money from special accounts are some of the gimmicks states are using to bypass balanced budget requirements, according to an SBS report on the tricks being used to paper over deep deficits.

  • Headlines: Georgia

    Georgia House backs budget plan for more school money

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by James Salzer | February 18, 2014

    The Georgia House overwhelmingly approved a $20.8 billion budget Monday for the upcoming year that includes more funding for pay raises and construction projects across the state.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    State budget battles taking shape

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long and Hal Dardick | February 18, 2014

    This year, the backdrop is the scheduled expiration of much of the 67 percent income-tax rate increase Democrats that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn pushed through three years ago.

  • Headlines

    A Severe Winter Breaks Budgets as Well as Pipes

    The New York Times | by Jesse McKinley and Richard Perez-Pena | February 18, 2014

    With revenues and staffing still below pre-recession levels, many local and state governments face a new financial strain from storm-related increases in spending on overtime pay, contractors and supplies.

  • Headlines: Minnesota

    Minn.'s DFL lawmakers aim to fill state budget reserve

    Prairie Business | February 14, 2014

    Minnesota's rainy-day fund could get a major boost this year if the state's next economic forecast still shows a budget surplus when it's released later this month.


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