- How Obama’s budget proposal could affect the construction of parks and libraries
- Should cities rely on “rainy-day” funds to balance their books?
- Cities aren’t the only ones facing major pension costs
- A tale of two cities: How Jersey City is getting in its own way
- Another factor behind ballooning state pension bills
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Category Archives: state government
In Illinois, highway maintenance workers can retire at age 50 and receive $75,000 a year for life. In Florida, a crime lab employee with 25 years on the state payrolls can retire at age 50 and take home $60,000 a … Continue reading
Call it a case of déjà vu. Two years ago, then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asked voters to approve a temporary tax increase to help fill the state’s massive budget deficit. I had just started working as a City Hall reporter … Continue reading
Some say the Congressional “Super Committee” was doomed from the start. The committee made up of six Republicans and six Democrats, made headlines last week when it failed to reach agreement on spending cuts– triggering $1.2 billion automatic budget cuts … Continue reading
Colorado voters made one message clear this week — “Read our lips. No new taxes.” In Tuesday’s election, voters across the state voted 2 to 1 against Proposition 109, a ballot measure that would have used higher tax rates to … Continue reading
Some of my former colleagues used to joke that I was interested in things that most people find terribly boring. And hey, if you find municipal budgets, pension rates and boring, then maybe they were right. But given the fact … Continue reading
In the era of gaping municipal budget holes, parks and library patrons are some of the biggest losers. In Glendale, Calif., where I worked as a City Hall beat reporter, nearly 50% of budget cuts outlined in an initial proposal … Continue reading