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  • Headlines: Rhode Island

    Moody's looks favorably on RI's pension lawsuit settlement

    The Providence Journal | by Tom Mooney | February 25, 2014

    Moody's said the settlement, which restores some small pension cost of living adjustments, lowers some retirement ages and allows long-time employees to keep their traditional pension plan, represents "a small fraction" of additional costs to state and local communities.

  • Headlines

    Public Pension Tabs Multiply as States Defer Costs and Hard Choices

    The New York Times | by Rick Lyman and Mary Williams Walsh | February 25, 2014

    More than 40 states have taken steps in recent years to rein in mounting public employee pension costs that threaten to strangle government services. But none have come close to closing their pension gaps quickly enough to keep pace with a rapidly aging - and retiring - public work force.

  • Headlines: Arizona

    Arizona state budget: Amid competing needs, many priorities suffer

    AZCentral.com | by Mary Jo Pitzl, | February 24, 2014

    Taxpayers contribute a smaller portion of their income to running state government than they did 35 years ago, even though the state has taken on more responsibility for health care for low-income residents, increased education standards and expanded its scope of services.

  • Headlines: New Jersey

    Christie's new budget could have drastic effect on NJ residents

    NJ.com | by Salvador Rizzo | February 24, 2014

    Once Gov. Chris Christie unveils his new budget plan for New Jersey in a Statehouse speech tomorrow, two big issues that have dominated Trenton will likely take center stage: taxes and retirement benefits for public workers.

  • Headlines

    Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | February 24, 2014

    For more than a century, lawmakers from big cities have complained that their voices are ignored in state legislatures. And, it turns out, they’re right.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    Wisconsin's Legacy for Unions

    New York Times | by Steven Greenhouse | February 24, 2014

    Governor Scott Walker’s landmark law — called Act 10 — severely restricted the power of public-employee unions to bargain collectively, and that provision, among others, has given social workers, prison guards, nurses and other public employees little reason to pay dues to a union that can no longer do much for them.

  • Headlines

    Powerball, Mega Millions give state budgets a lift

    Associated Press | by Ryan J. Foley | February 24, 2014

    The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. 

  • Headlines: Michigan

    General city pensioners to take 34% cut, police and fire 10% plus lose cost of living

    The Detroit Free Press | by Susan Tompor and Joe Guillen | February 21, 2014

    City of Detroit retirees will face sizable cuts to their monthly pension checks in the future, as the city works its way out of bankruptcy, according to a first proposal from Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Governor, lawmakers disagree on emergency $44-mil for K-12 education

    MissouriNet.com | by Mike Lear | February 21, 2014

    Governor Jay Nixon says the budget for the current fiscal year overestimated the revenue available from riverboat gambling, lottery and other revenue that goes to the school foundation formula. That is why he requested $44.1-million in the supplemental budget to make up for the shortfall.

  • Headlines: West Virginia

    Budget gap lingers after House Dems nix tax hikes

    The Charleston Gazette | by Eric Eyre | February 21, 2014

    Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates made clear they have no interest in supporting any tax increases this session, leaving legislators to continue to try other possibilities for closing a $146 million hole in the 2014-15 state budget.

  • Headlines: Kentucky

    Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues

    WFPL.com | by Jonathan Meador | February 21, 2014

    Kentucky's pension woes are putting a strain on the Department of Juvenile Justice.

  • Headlines: Louisiana

    Bobby Jindal's state budget relies on New Orleans Convention Center cash

    New Orleans Times-Picayune | by Julia O'Donoghue | February 21, 2014

    Short on revenue to keep his proposed state budget in balance, Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to borrow $50 million from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to help pay for the Department of Health and Hospitals and higher education next fiscal year.

  • Headlines: New Mexico

    $6.2 billion budget sent to governor

    The Albuquerque Journal | by Dan Boyd | February 20, 2014

    The New Mexico House of Representatives on Wednesday sent a $6.2 billion state budget bill to Gov. Susana Martinez, who called the spending plan a "good compromise" providing for key needs.

  • Headlines: Wisconsin

    State budget panel approves GOP deal on Scott Walker tax cut plan

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | by Jason Stein | February 20, 2014

    Gov. Scott Walker hailed a deal on his more than $500 million tax cut proposal as the Legislature's budget committee passed the bill on a party-line vote and then tossed in more tax cuts for makers of aircraft parts and credit card companies.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    Where will the state budget surplus go - roads or a tax credit?

    MLive.com | by Tim Skubick | February 20, 2014

    In one corner are House members who think using a chunk of the extra moola should go back to the citizens who also happen to vote.

  • Headlines: South Carolina

    House budget proposal includes pay raise for SC state workers

    The State | by Adam Beam | February 20, 2014

    South Carolina's 58,000 state employees would get a 1.5 percent raise starting July 1 under a budget proposal approved by a House panel Wednesday.

  • Headlines: Florida

    Senate kicks off pension reform push, but hurdles remain

    Jacksonville.com | by Matt Dixon | February 20, 2014

    The Florida Senate's attempt at overhauling the state pension system formally kicked off Tuesday, but a reform bill tweaked after last year's failed reform effort is not likely to see smooth sailing.

  • Headlines

    Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

    Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

    From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

    But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

  • Headlines: California

    California's government to increase contributions to employee pensions

    Associated Press | by Fenit Nirappil | February 20, 2014

    California’s government will increase the amount it contributes to state employees’ pensions starting this summer, and cities and other government agencies will follow suit in two years, to help cover the cost of benefits for retirees who are living longer.

  • Headlines: Arkansas

    'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

    Associated Press | by Andrew DeMillo | February 19, 2014

    The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.


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