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    June 3, 2014

    Federalism in Action is a joint project of State Budget Solutions and the State Policy Network. Decisions are made best closest to home and our vision is local people making local decisions and solving problems locally.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs budget, vetoes $69 million in spending

    The Tampa Bay Times | by Steve Bosquet | June 3, 2014

    Gov. Rick Scott, who in his first year axed $615 million of what he called "short-sighted, frivolous, wasteful spending," was lavish in his praise of the 2014-15 budget.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Home stretch in Pennsylvania's budget season begins with another revenue stumble | by Charles Thompson | June 3, 2014

    It's the sixth month in a row revenues haven't hit budget targets, leaving state government $532.5 million short for the fiscal year-to-date.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Kentucky spends $1.2 million fighting Seven Counties over pensions | by Chris Otts | June 3, 2014

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Joan A. Lloyd ruled the Louisville-based mental health agency can ditch the pension system and its rapidly escalating costs through the bankruptcy process. Kentucky Retirement Systems, which oversees the main pension plan for state workers, wanted the court to force Seven Counties to keep paying into the system.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie's pension plan could trigger another downgrade, S&P warns | by Salvador Rizzo | June 3, 2014

    Gov. Chris Christie's plan to cut funding for public-worker pensions means New Jersey's debt could be downgraded again sometime in the next three months, a Wall Street credit-rating agency said today in a note to investors.

  • Headlines: Oklahoma

    Leaders express tempered enthusiasm for watered-down pension reform

    The City Sentinel | by Patrick B. McGuigan | June 2, 2014

    With unfunded liabilities on government pensions somewhere between $11.5 billion and $44.1 billion, the Legislature watered down and passed a bill that took small steps at reform.

  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Removing tattoos, but not cronies: America's Most Outrageous State Spending Proposals

    State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | June 2, 2014

    Rhode Island has become an expert on propping up a random assortment of small businesses.

  • Headlines: Delaware

    $3.8 billion state budget still unsettled | by Jonathan Starkey | June 2, 2014

    Despite talk of belt-tightening, state spending is set to rise 2.4 percent next year, up 23 percent since Markell signed his first budget in mid-2009.

  • Headlines: New York

    New York state addicted to gaming revenue, report shows

    The Albany Business Review | by Krystle S. Morey | June 2, 2014

    The state takes in $3.2 billion from gaming annually, the highest in the nation -- more than California and Florida combined.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    How big are the savings from the state's pension overhaul?

    The Chicago Sun Times | by Scarlet Swerdlow | June 2, 2014

    If implemented, Senate Bill 1 lighten Illinois' load by 25 percent, but the state would still be responsible for $78.9 billion in pension debt. Senate Bill 1 includes a schedule to fully fund the state's retirement systems by 2045.


  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Louisiana House gives final passage to $24.6B state budget | May 30, 2014

    The Louisiana House gave final passage Friday to a $24.6 billion budget to finance state government operations next year, agreeing to the version written by the Senate.

  • Headlines: Delaware

    Budget committee wraps $3.8 B state budget

    Delaware Online | May 30, 2014

    The budget heading to full General Assembly is $20M below what Gov. Jack Markell proposed.

  • Headlines: Virginia

    Va. Republican offers plan to end Medicaid deadlock

    The Washington Post | by Laura Vozzella | May 30, 2014

    Sen. Emmett W. Hanger's plan asks both sides to give a little, divorcing the Medicaid issue from the budget as opponents want but also remaking a state Medicaid commission so it could no longer block expansion.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    State Lawmakers Continue 2015 Budget Talks

    CBS Chicago | May 29, 2014

    Illinois lawmakers continued to grapple with a new state budget, as Republicans ripped majority Democrats for spending beyond their means with a plan even Democrats acknowledge leaves "big unanswered questions" about the state's finances.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    Bipartisan panel backs hybrid state pension plan | by Amy Worden | May 29, 2014

    The bipartisan panel backed legislation to create a hybrid pension system for state and school employees, and Gov. Corbett said he would support it.

  • Headlines: New York

    Six-figure state pensions are on the rise

    The New York Post | by Pat Bailey | May 29, 2014

    The number of state employees collecting an annual pension of at least $100,000 jumped by 259 last year, according to a government watchdog says.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Blame Game on Pensions in New Jersey

    The Wall Street Journal | by Josh Dawsey And Heather Haddon | May 29, 2014

    Governors Disagree Over Reasons for State's Pension Troubles

  • Headlines: Florida

    Big money for the big top: America's Most Outrageous State Spending Proposals

    State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | May 29, 2014

    Florida legislators are clowning around with the state budget, allocating $1 million of the state budget to the Circus Arts Conservatory.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    State budget would put off tough decisions until after election

    The Chicago Tribune | by Ray Long, Monique Garcia and Maura Zurick | May 28, 2014

    Illinois Democrats rolled out a new state spending plan that puts off many tough decisions until after the November election by relying on a series of time-tested budget tricks.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Phoenix ends pension spiking for police officers, firefighters | by Dustin Gardiner | May 28, 2014

    Phoenix's new contracts with its employee unions will end the controversial practice of pension spiking for police officers and firefighters and cap it for other city workers, saving taxpayers an estimated $233 million over 25 years, according to a city report.

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