Articles from newspapers and websites around the nation

  • 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.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    Budget gap lingers after House Dems nix tax hikes

    The Charleston Gazette | by Eric Eyre | February 21, 2014

    Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates made clear they have no interest in supporting any tax increases this session, leaving legislators to continue to try other possibilities for closing a $146 million hole in the 2014-15 state budget.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues | by Jonathan Meador | February 21, 2014

    Kentucky's pension woes are putting a strain on the Department of Juvenile Justice.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Bobby Jindal's state budget relies on New Orleans Convention Center cash

    New Orleans Times-Picayune | by Julia O'Donoghue | February 21, 2014

    Short on revenue to keep his proposed state budget in balance, Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to borrow $50 million from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to help pay for the Department of Health and Hospitals and higher education next fiscal year.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    $6.2 billion budget sent to governor

    The Albuquerque Journal | by Dan Boyd | February 20, 2014

    The New Mexico House of Representatives on Wednesday sent a $6.2 billion state budget bill to Gov. Susana Martinez, who called the spending plan a "good compromise" providing for key needs.

  • 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.

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