• 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 | 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 | 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.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Proposal seeks to plug holes in state budget

    The Shreveport Times | by Mike Hasten | May 21, 2014

    Spending needs have changed since Louisiana's 2013-14 budget was adopted a year ago, leaving holes in the plan, and some things ended up being overfunded, providing money to plug those holes.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Massachusetts tax collections beat estimates, state budget 'in good shape,' Deval Patrick's finance director says | May 21, 2014

    Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed fiscal 2015 budget totals $36.37 billion, a 4.9 percent increase in spending.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Chris Christie to reduce pension payments to balance NJ budget | by Salvador Rizzo | May 21, 2014

    In a stunning reversal, Gov. Chris Christie today announced plans to grab, over two years, $2.43 billion meant for public workers' pensions to balance New Jersey's ailing state budget.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Scott receives state budget, but most bills haven't reached desk

    The Tampa Bay Times | by Steve Bousquet | May 20, 2014

    A light touch will be welcomed by lawmakers but not by fiscal conservatives.

  • Headlines

    Revenues in half the states still haven't recovered

    The Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | May 20, 2014

    In 26 states, revenues today are lower than they were at their early-recession peak, according to a new Pew analysis.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    McAuliffe says state faces possible $300M shortfall

    Virginian-Pilot | by Julian Walker | May 20, 2014

    Virginia's protracted budget dispute has taken a surprising turn for the worse. New tax data suggests a $300 million shortfall this fiscal year, and that could compel fractious legislators to redouble efforts to find an elusive compromise.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Fitch: Kentucky pension is the country's worst

    Louisville Business First | May 20, 2014

    The non-hazardous pension under the Kentucky Employee Retirement System has about 25 percent of the money it would need to cover obligations to retirees.

  • Headlines: Alabama

    Without changes, Alabama's pension funds could run dry within decade, study warns | by Brendan Kirby | May 20, 2014

    Alabama's state pension funds could run out of money within a decade if lawmakers do not address a looming shortfall, a new study from Troy University's free market think tank warns.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    Legislators dig in to McCrory budget proposal

    The State | by Lynn Bonner | May 19, 2014

    The state Senate is diving into the details of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's proposed $21 billion budget and will put out its own version in two or three weeks.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Budget shortfall puts N.J. in a tough spot | by Maddie Hanna | May 19, 2014

    With a budget time bomb ticking down and just six weeks left on the clock to find $800 million in revenue, state officials are warning of very tough choices that could affect payments to schools, hospitals, and the state pension system.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma state budget deal: Thousands of workers to get a pay raise for first time in years | by Rick Green | May 19, 2014

    Budget deal includes pay raises for thousands of troopers, prison guards child welfare workers and other state employees, and a plan to fix crumbling Oklahoma Capitol.

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