Articles from newspapers and websites around the nation

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    State budget panel approves GOP deal on Scott Walker tax cut plan

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | by Jason Stein | February 20, 2014

    Gov. Scott Walker hailed a deal on his more than $500 million tax cut proposal as the Legislature's budget committee passed the bill on a party-line vote and then tossed in more tax cuts for makers of aircraft parts and credit card companies.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Where will the state budget surplus go - roads or a tax credit? | by Tim Skubick | February 20, 2014

    In one corner are House members who think using a chunk of the extra moola should go back to the citizens who also happen to vote.

  • Headlines: South Carolina

    House budget proposal includes pay raise for SC state workers

    The State | by Adam Beam | February 20, 2014

    South Carolina's 58,000 state employees would get a 1.5 percent raise starting July 1 under a budget proposal approved by a House panel Wednesday.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Senate kicks off pension reform push, but hurdles remain | by Matt Dixon | February 20, 2014

    The Florida Senate's attempt at overhauling the state pension system formally kicked off Tuesday, but a reform bill tweaked after last year's failed reform effort is not likely to see smooth sailing.

  • Headlines

    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 | 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.

  • Headlines

    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.

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