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    States Push Annual Park Passes to Raise Revenue

    Stateline | by Sandy Johnson | May 23, 2014

    As the Memorial Day holiday opens the 2014 summer vacation season, state parks have had to get creative about ways to raise money because budget officers are being chintzier with tax revenue.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    State Senate passes its version of budget plan

    The Boston Globe | May 23, 2014

    The Massachusetts Senate has approved a $36.2 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 on a 39-1 roll call vote.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma House approves $7.1 billion state budget bill

    NewsOK.com | by Randy Ellis | May 23, 2014

    The state House of Representatives on Thursday approved a $7.1 billion state appropriations bill that allocates about $80 million in new revenue for common education and $37.1 million for pay raises to some of the state's must underpaid state employees.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Fitch Warns NJ Over Cuts to Pension Payments

    Fox Business | by Dunstan Prial | May 23, 2014

    Fitch Ratings said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to use money from the state's public pension system to help cover a gaping budget deficit would hurt the state's credit rating.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    $200 Million Could Curb Pension Cuts in Detroit

    The New York Times | by Monica Davey | May 23, 2014

    In a series of votes that could be critical for Detroit's emergence from bankruptcy, the Michigan State House on Thursday agreed to contribute nearly $200 million in state money for a deal to spare Detroit's retirees from larger pension cuts and to avoid selling artworks from the city's museum.

  • Headlines: Alabama, Mississippi

    Public pension systems in Alabama and Mississippi face financial peril

    Mississippi Watchdog | by Steve Wilson | May 22, 2014

    A new report on Alabama's public pension system offers some startling facts on the system's woes, but offers a prescription for reform that could be a blueprint for Mississippi's system.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie Stands Firm on Pension Plan

    The Wall Street Journal | by Josh Dawsey | May 22, 2014

    New Jersey Treasurer sees bleaker financial outlook for the state.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    State Budget Shutdown Deadline July 1st

    Newsplex.com | May 22, 2014

    On July 1st the two year state budget comes to an abrupt end. Delegate Rob Bell says if that deadline comes and goes, there is no precedent for what happens next.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Votes not there yet on extending state tax hike

    Crain's Chicago Business | May 22, 2014

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn tried yesterday to persuade House Democrats to extend the state's temporary income tax increase to avoid what he says would be "savage" budget cuts, but he emerged from a roughly three-hour meeting with lawmakers still well short of the votes he needs for approval.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma Senate approves $7.1B state budget bill

    Businessweek | by Sean Murphy | May 21, 2014

    The bill would appropriate about $102 million less than the current budget, but would still boost funding for public schools by $80 million.


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