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  • 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.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma House of Representatives passes pension bill

    NewsOK.com | by Randy Ellis | February 14, 2014

    The state House of Representative on Thursday passed a bill that would require the Legislature to annually pay the actuarially required contribution amount needed to keep the state pension system on track to become fully funded.

  • Headlines: South Dakota

    SD budget committee rejects school aid plan

    The San Francisco Chronicle | by Chet Brokaw | February 14, 2014

    The House Appropriations Committee voted 5-4 to kill the funding proposal after a state budget official said it could be difficult to find money to pay for the extra school aid.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    House sends state budget bill back to committee

    SFGate.com | by Barry Massey | February 13, 2014

    A $6 billion budget proposal was sent back to a New Mexico House committee Wednesday for possible revisions to try to break a stalemate over education spending.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Federal mediators again call news conference on potential pension settlement

    The Providence Journal | by Katherine Gregg | February 13, 2014

    After a false start earlier this week, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has announced that it will hold a news conference at 4:15 p.m. Friday "to report on the ongoing court-ordered mediation to resolve pension litigation."

  • Headlines: Oregon

    Officials explain $1B budget hole

    The Statesman Journal | by Anna Staver | February 13, 2014

    Republicans worry the looming budget gap for health programs like Medicaid could mean cutting services and/or raising taxes in the 2015-17 budget, while Democrats think the hole could be closed without needing either.

  • Headlines: Florida

    FRS bill emerges in Senate

    The Tallahassee Democrat | by Travis Pillow and Jeff Burlew | February 13, 2014

    Cash-balance plan would protect against losses, at-risk employees have pension option in hybrid approach.


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