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  • Headlines: Illinois

    Pension reform legal fight slow, uncertain

    The Bloomington Pantagraph | by Kurt Erickson | December 9, 2013

    It easily could be 2016 before Illinoisans know whether new changes to the state's pension systems are legal, a University of Illinois law professor said.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    State income taxes will drop, but new paperwork confuses some

    News & Observer | by David Ranii and Virginia Bridges | December 9, 2013

    The most significant overhaul of North Carolina tax law in a generation takes effect in a few weeks, ushering in sweeping changes that include more take-home pay and a broader sales tax that includes movie and concert tickets.

  • Headlines: Florida

    State revenue projected to grow nearly 5 percent

    Tallahassee.com | by Travis Pillow | December 9, 2013

    Nearly 5 percent increase expected in latest estimate.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    State income tax hike doesn't look so temporary now

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long | December 7, 2013

    State income tax hike doesn't look so temporary now, pension overhaul seen as having little effect.

  • Headlines: Minnesota

    Dayton: If budget surplus holds, I want to cut taxes

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune | by Baird Helgeson and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | December 6, 2013

    Gov. Mark Dayton said that he will not make any final decisions until he sees an updated forecast next year but if the state has extra money, he wants to cut new business to business taxes and give the middle class a tax break.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Quinn signs Illinois pension bill

    The Chicago Tribune | December 6, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn offered a simple signing statement on the pension measure saying "Illinois is moving forward" and calling the law "a serious solution to the most dire fiscal challenge of our time."

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    State's pension systems seeking $2.3 billion in next two-year budget

    The Lexington Herald-Leader | by John Cheves | December 6, 2013

    Kentucky lawmakers will be asked for $2.3 billion in public pension contributions this winter as they prepare the state's next two-year budget, potentially diverting more than 10 percent of the budget for the retirement benefits of state workers and school teachers.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding

    The New York Times | by Rick Lyman | December 5, 2013

    The reckoning in Chicago is even nearer and more difficult than the one the state had faced, putting its Democratic mayor, Rahm Emanuel, in a difficult position under a tight deadline.

  • Headlines: Minnesota

    Today's Minnesota budget report has bearing on schools

    The Pioneer Press | December 5, 2013

    The comprehensive review of tax-and-spending patterns will help set expectations for Minnesota lawmakers when they return for their 2014 session in February.

  • Headlines: Mississippi

    Key Mississippi Committee Release 5.8-Billion Budget Recommendation

    Mississippi Public Broadcasting | by Jeffrey Hess | December 5, 2013

    The budget is less than a point-six percent increase from the current year.


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