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State Net Capitol Journal: CA State Park Donors Cry Foul
Posted on 6 Aug 2012 by State Net

Last month California officials revealed that the state Department of Parks and Recreation had stashed away $54 million it had not reported to the state Department of Finance. The news came as quite a surprise, especially to the groups that had generously... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: CT Pulls Plug on Managed Care for Medicaid
Posted on 16 Apr 2012 by State Net

The way states used to pay doctors and hospitals for treating Medicaid patients was by directly reimbursing them for the services they rendered. But spurred by criticism that the so-called "fee-for-service" method encouraged health care providers... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Pension Reform Hottest Hot Issue in Statehouses This Year
Posted on 16 Jul 2012 by State Net

Legislation pertaining to pensions has been introduced this year in every state but six - Arkansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin - according to data compiled by State Net. And although pension measures have failed in 32 states, they've... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States' Medicaid Costs Rising Faster Than Spending
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by State Net

The National Association of Budget Officers (NASBO) and National Governors Association's (NGA) most recent survey of state fiscal health is not particularly encouraging. Although the Spring 2012 update, released last week, indicates state revenues... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Snyder Says MI Will Appeal Retiree Health Ruling
Posted on 10 Sep 2012 by State Net

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said his administration intends to appeal a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling [ AFT Mich. v. State , 2012 Mich. App. LEXIS 1632 (Mich. Ct. App. Aug. 16, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]] that declared... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Pension Reforms Gain Necessary Traction in States and Cities
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by State Net

The specter of unfunded pension liabilities is haunting U.S. state and local government. These liabilities were an underlying factor in recent municipal bankruptcies in California. They hover over Pennsylvania, which is pondering pension reform while... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Will pension reform save California cities from themselves?
Posted on 6 Sep 2012 by State Net

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made public employee pension reform a benchmark of his 2012 agenda. For most of this year, however, his Democratic colleagues met his call with a pronounced lack of enthusiasm. But with the session winding down to its final... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: WV Commits to Paying Down Pension Debt
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by State Net

West Virginia's unfunded pension liability - estimated at $10 billion last year - is one of the highest per capita in the nation. But the state became a standout on the issue in a very different way last month when lawmakers approved legislation proposed... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: WV Commits to Paying Down Pension Debt
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by State Net

West Virginia's unfunded pension liability - estimated at $10 billion last year - is one of the highest per capita in the nation. But the state became a standout on the issue in a very different way last month when lawmakers approved legislation proposed... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Malloy Gets Okay to Cut Medicaid
Posted on 13 Aug 2012 by State Net

Leaders of key panels in the Connecticut Senate said they will not interfere with Gov. Dannell P. Malloy's (D) effort to cut 13,000 people from the state's Medicaid rolls. Leaders in the Appropriations and Human Services Committees said they will... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Helping Workers Help Themselves
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by State Net

When Dr. Dena Davidson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 1995, her expectations were pretty reasonable. "I knew being an optometrist was not going to make me rich," she says. "But I felt I would... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Pension Reform Hottest Hot Issue in Statehouses This Year
Posted on 16 Jul 2012 by State Net

Legislation pertaining to pensions has been introduced this year in every state but six - Arkansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin - according to data compiled by State Net. And although pension measures have failed in 32 states, they've... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Pension Reforms Gain Necessary Traction in States and Cities
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by State Net

The specter of unfunded pension liabilities is haunting U.S. state and local government. These liabilities were an underlying factor in recent municipal bankruptcies in California. They hover over Pennsylvania, which is pondering pension reform while... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Cut Medicaid as Feds Prepare for Expansion
Posted on 6 Aug 2012 by State Net

Thirteen states are making cuts to their Medicaid programs this year, according to a survey by Kaiser Health News for USA Today. The cuts, most of which took effect July 1st, generally reduce benefits, trim payments to Medicaid providers or tighten eligibility... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Helping Workers Help Themselves
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by State Net

When Dr. Dena Davidson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 1995, her expectations were pretty reasonable. "I knew being an optometrist was not going to make me rich," she says. "But I felt I would... Read More