The Williams Report
Huffington Post Bob Williams column: How to address states’ budget deficits: performance-outcome budgeting
Alabama: Lawmakers pass Alabama state budget
Florida: Lawmakers approve state budget.
Michigan: Republican Leadership Leaving Wiggle Room in Budget for Tax Cuts
“There’s a trend among budget proposals coming out of House and Senate appropriations subcommittees: they’ve been lower than what Gov. Rick Snyder suggested, something leaders say could leave room for tax cuts.”
Minnesota: Republican legislators approve budget
Governor Dayton promises veto.
Oklahoma: Budget Negotiations Break Down
Pennsylvania: Work remains to be done on state budget
Texas: Research and Commentary: Compact for a Balanced Budget in Texas
The Lone Star State recently passed a resolution calling for an Article V convention that would impose “fiscal restraints, limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.”
Virginia: Budget Spat in Virginia between Governor and Republicans Escalates
Flaunting years of precedent, Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order directing his staff to abide by his version of the state budget, not the final one enrolled by the clerk of the state House.
California: California governor’s latest budget proposal doubles pension contribution to CalPERS
Aim of reducing CalPERS’ unfunded liabilities that have left the $318.9 billion pension fund 65% funded.
Michigan: Reforms to Michigan’s teacher pension system again under consideration
Republican lawmakers seek to reform the pension system, providing new teachers a 401(k) type of retirement plan.
Missouri: Missouri Legislature passes pension changes
Missouri public employees could soon be eligible for a pension sooner under a bill that has passed the Missouri Legislature.
New Jersey: Christie vetoes bill turning N.J. pensions over to unions
Balking at what he called a “blank check,” Gov. Chris Christie on Monday conditionally vetoed a bill that would have given police and firefighters control over the future of their $26 billion pension fund.
North Carolina: Public employee pension, health benefits phase-out debated
Employee groups and some senators raised questions about a Republican-backed proposal to phase out traditional pensions and free or discounted health care coverage for North Carolina government retirees.