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  • Headlines: Illinois

    Illinois residents paying more taxes for fewer services

    Illinois Watchdog | by Ben Yount | April 29, 2014

    "The pension obligation debt is eight times all the bond debt for building roads and schools and everything else," said Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions. "Essentially, the state has been living on credit cards."

  • Headlines: Virginia

    GOP leaders: Democrats 'playing games' with state budget

    The Virginian-Pilot | by Julian Walker | April 29, 2014

    Frustrated Virginia legislative Republicans accused Democrats of state budget brinkmanship after one Democratic senator in published remarks said he's willing to overshoot a key fiscal deadline to get concessions on Medicaid expansion.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Lawmakers wrap up $75B state budget

    The Orlando Sentinel | by Aaron Deslatte and Jason Garcia | April 29, 2014

    With $1.3 billion in tax revenue to spare, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford still have to polish off the details of $500 million in tax cuts before the session adjourns Friday.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Pension revamp could cost more without change

    The New Orleans Advocate | April 29, 2014

    Louisiana's contribution to the state employee retirement system could increase if a provision in a retiree cost-of-living revamp legislation isn't changed, a pension system actuary said.

  • Headlines

    Meet J. Scott Moody, the new CEO of SBS

    State Budget Solutions | April 29, 2014

    We are thrilled to welcome the new CEO of SBS, J. Scott Moody!  Learn more about him and what he brings to the position in this Q & A session.

  • Headlines: Georgia

    Gov. Deal signs election-friendly budget into law

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution | by Greg Bluestein | April 28, 2014

    The fiscal 2015 spending plan, a $20.8 billion blueprint which takes effect July 1, puts more than $300 million extra into schools with the goal of eliminating furloughs, lengthening the school year and giving teachers pay raises.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Missouri senators to take up $26.8 billion budget plan

    The Kansas City Star | April 28, 2014

    The budget pending in the Republican-led Legislature is about $900 million smaller than the one proposed in January by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The difference is due largely to the fact that lawmakers chose not to include a federally funded Medicaid expansion sought by Nixon.

  • Headlines: Massachusetts

    Massachusetts' $36.2 billion budget bill is peppered with add-ons

    MassLive.com | April 28, 2014

    House lawmakers filed nearly 1,200 amendments in advance of Monday's scheduled debate on the state's $36.2 billion budget, some to restore funds slashed from programs during lean economic times and others to benefit pet projects at the local level.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Battle over state pension plan in Florida

    The Sun Sentinel | by Tonya Alanez | April 28, 2014

    A major push to change retirement benefits for state employees continues to hang in the legislative balance with just a week to go in the annual session.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Voters will decide fate of city pension system

    AZCentral.com | by Dustin Gardiner | April 28, 2014

    Citizens for Pension Reform Committee wants to replace the city's pension system with a 401(k)-style retirement plan for new employees. The initiative states it also would stop "pension spiking" by capping the pension benefits available to current employees.

  • Headlines: Washington

    Washington becomes first state to lose its waiver from No Child Left Behind

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | April 25, 2014

    Washington state lost its waiver from implementing certain parts of the No Child Left Behind education law, an action that could lead to layoffs and program cuts, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement Thursday.

  • Headlines

    Richard Ravitch: State fiscal crises aren't over

    Newsday | by Michael Gormley | April 25, 2014

    Former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who helped New York City escape bankruptcy 40 years ago, warned Wednesday that the fiscal crisis isn't over in New York and other states, despite election year plans to cut taxes and spend more.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    State lawmakers still no closer to budget compromise

    The Virginian Pilot | by Julian Walker | April 25, 2014

    As state senators upheld Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes of two Republican-backed measures on religious expression, their House of Delegates counterparts rejected many of his amendments on other pieces of legislation.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma House passes income tax cut legislation

    Businessweek | by Tim Talley | April 24, 2014

    House members voted 54-40 for the Senate-passed measure that is one of the session's top priorities for Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, who is seeking re-election. It now goes to Fallin to be signed into law.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    SEANC report harshly criticizes NC Treasurer Janet Cowell

    News & Observer | by David Ranii | April 24, 2014

    A blistering report on the management of the state's $87 billion pension fund commissioned by the State Employees Association of North Carolina reinforces and significantly expands the group's long-standing criticisms of state Treasurer Janet Cowell.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Fla. House Poised To Okay Changes To State Pension

    CBS Miami | April 24, 2014

    The House could take a final vote on the bill (HB 7181) this week. A similar proposal is moving in the Florida Senate, but it's unclear if the measure will pass.

  • Headlines: Hawaii

    House and Senate negotiators announce public school spending

    The Honolulu Star-Advertiser | April 24, 2014

    Hung up over state construction spending, state House and Senate negotiators have pushed deliberations on the state budget to Friday, the deadline to have bills ready for final votes next week before the session adjourns.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Pension reform championed by conservatives running into trouble

    The Miami Herald | by Michael Van | April 23, 2014

    As Tuesday's Florida Senate Appropriations Committee meeting showed, pension reform is hardly a conservative litmus test.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma faces budget crisis despite economic boom

    NewsOK.com | by Sean Murphy | April 23, 2014

    The problem is that lawmakers over the last decade have created and expanded so many tax breaks and earmarked so much money for special projects that there's no longer enough for basic services.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Arizona House rejects bill limiting total state pensions to $120,000

    The Republic | April 23, 2014

    The Arizona House has rejected a bill that would have limited the size of state pensions for people hired after this summer.


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