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  • 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

    Philly.com | 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

    NewsOK.com | 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.

  • Headlines: Pennsylvania

    State budget pressures revive talk of shale gas tax

    WITF.com | May 16, 2014

    Governor Corbett's longstanding opposition to an extraction tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania is running up against the reality of weak state revenue collections and election-year spending pressures.

  • Headlines: Vermont

    Legislative wrap: State budget grows by 4.1 percent

    VT Digger | by Hilary Niles | May 16, 2014

    The $5.5 billion price tag is about 4.1 percent more than the current year, which ends June 30.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    NM's revenue from feds tenth highest among states, study says

    Albuquerque Business First | by Dennis Domrzalski | May 16, 2014

    New Mexico state government got 37.9 percent of its revenue from the federal government in FY12.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    AG Madigan defends state pension law

    The Chicago Tribune | by Rick Pearson | May 16, 2014

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed the state's first response to a series of challenges to the new law aimed at resolving the state's government worker pension debt, arguing that changes in retirement benefits were a "valid exercise" of the state's authority.

  • Headlines: North Carolina

    McCrory unveils $21B NC budget for next year

    The News & Observer | May 15, 2014

    The Republican governor said what's still included is the signature piece of his plan he announced last week- raises for public school teachers and almost all state employees.

  • Headlines: Illinois

    Madigan: Pass budget now, round up tax hike votes later

    The Chicago Tribune | by Monique Garcia and Ray Long | May 15, 2014

    Illinois Democrats are taking a spend first, find-the-money-later approach as they craft a new state budget.

  • Headlines

    Fitch: State pension plans' funding climbs in 2013 despite low contributions

    Pensions & Investments | by Rob Kozlowski | May 15, 2014

    While the funding ratios of U.S. state defined benefit pension plans improved in fiscal year 2013, significant challenges remain, according to a Fitch Ratings report.


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