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February 6, 2013
The Roundup: CA budget games; states consider, reject employee raises; 'death spiral states'

The Roundup: CA budget games; states consider, reject employee raises; 'death spiral states'

Storified by Jon Ortiz· Wed, Feb 06 2013 08:09:56

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Money managers, California Department of Finance, play annual accounting games - The Sacramento BeeState parks employees told investigators last year it was common to hide money in their budget because they were afraid the state Departm...
Pension forfeiture bill wins legislative panel's supportBill would allow government to try to recoup tax dollars from retirement accounts of convicted public employees
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Letter: Put pension blame where it belongsI'm sick and tired of reading article after article (statements issued by Gov. Pat Quinn) that education and other pertinent services are...
Multiple South Carolina Prison Riots Force Officials To Beg For Money That May Not Be There - ForbesSouth Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Photo credit: Wikipedia) South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has proposed adding an additional $18 milli...
AFSCME comes out in opposition to civil suits against inmates - State Workers BlogI ran a story last month about an officer at the Oregon State Correctional Institution who is suing an inmate for assault, battery and in...
In first vote, Nevada lawmakers OK $15 million to pay themselvesCARSON CITY - Without debate or dissent, the Legislature passed its first bill Monday, allocating $15 million to pay for the 120 day sess...
For Pennsylvania's state workers, there are healthy raises but hard choices on retirement benefitsAt a glance: State government workers will see raises, but that will be balanced by tough pension choices, job losses for some and longer...
No pay raises for state workers in Oklahoma governor's proposed budget | NewsOK.comGov. Mary Fallin's proposal to cut the highest bracket of Oklahoma's personal income tax rate, a much more modest plan than her idea last...
NC health plan proposal penalizes smoking - In Other News - The Daily News, JacksonvilleRALEIGH - Some North Carolina state employees, teachers and retirees could see even higher premiums if they smoke or fail to make other h...
Do You Live In A Death Spiral State? - ForbesThinking about buying a house? Or a municipal bond? Be careful where you put your capital. Don't put it in a state at high risk of a fisc...
Insight: Shrinking U.S. labor unions see relief in marijuana industryCredit: Reuters/Anthony Bolante/Files A marijuana starter plant is for sale at a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, in ...

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