Articles from newspapers and websites around the nation

  • Headlines: Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas

    Virginia and other states wrestle with whether to expand Medicaid under Affordable Care Act

    The Washington Post | by Laura Vozzella | February 25, 2014

    The politics of expansion are an extension of the battle over the Affordable Care Act that has raged in the nation's capital for years - threatening to bring dug-in partisans and Washington-style gridlock to places such as Richmond, where legislators ordinarily pride themselves on working things out in the collegial "Virginia way."

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Moody's looks favorably on RI's pension lawsuit settlement

    The Providence Journal | by Tom Mooney | February 25, 2014

    Moody's said the settlement, which restores some small pension cost of living adjustments, lowers some retirement ages and allows long-time employees to keep their traditional pension plan, represents "a small fraction" of additional costs to state and local communities.

  • Headlines

    Public Pension Tabs Multiply as States Defer Costs and Hard Choices

    The New York Times | by Rick Lyman and Mary Williams Walsh | February 25, 2014

    More than 40 states have taken steps in recent years to rein in mounting public employee pension costs that threaten to strangle government services. But none have come close to closing their pension gaps quickly enough to keep pace with a rapidly aging - and retiring - public work force.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Arizona state budget: Amid competing needs, many priorities suffer | by Mary Jo Pitzl, | February 24, 2014

    Taxpayers contribute a smaller portion of their income to running state government than they did 35 years ago, even though the state has taken on more responsibility for health care for low-income residents, increased education standards and expanded its scope of services.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie's new budget could have drastic effect on NJ residents | by Salvador Rizzo | February 24, 2014

    Once Gov. Chris Christie unveils his new budget plan for New Jersey in a Statehouse speech tomorrow, two big issues that have dominated Trenton will likely take center stage: taxes and retirement benefits for public workers.

  • Headlines

    Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | February 24, 2014

    For more than a century, lawmakers from big cities have complained that their voices are ignored in state legislatures. And, it turns out, they’re right.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    Wisconsin's Legacy for Unions

    New York Times | by Steven Greenhouse | February 24, 2014

    Governor Scott Walker’s landmark law — called Act 10 — severely restricted the power of public-employee unions to bargain collectively, and that provision, among others, has given social workers, prison guards, nurses and other public employees little reason to pay dues to a union that can no longer do much for them.

  • Headlines

    Powerball, Mega Millions give state budgets a lift

    Associated Press | by Ryan J. Foley | February 24, 2014

    The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. 

  • Headlines: Michigan

    General city pensioners to take 34% cut, police and fire 10% plus lose cost of living

    The Detroit Free Press | by Susan Tompor and Joe Guillen | February 21, 2014

    City of Detroit retirees will face sizable cuts to their monthly pension checks in the future, as the city works its way out of bankruptcy, according to a first proposal from Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Governor, lawmakers disagree on emergency $44-mil for K-12 education | by Mike Lear | February 21, 2014

    Governor Jay Nixon says the budget for the current fiscal year overestimated the revenue available from riverboat gambling, lottery and other revenue that goes to the school foundation formula. That is why he requested $44.1-million in the supplemental budget to make up for the shortfall.

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