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  • There is a way out for states trapped in the pension sinkhole

    Under "defined benefit" retirement programs, public employees have been promised more money than states can ever afford to pay.

  • Louisiana to share $154M for job training

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is among a group of 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation getting a portion of more than $154 million awarded by the federal government for job training laid-off workers in high-demand industries. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday...

  • Community improvement grants total $8.5M in Va.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thirteen projects across Virginia are in line for more than $8.5 million in grants for sewage treatment and water projects and downtown revitalization. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Community Development Block Grant funding on Thursday. More than $930,000 is going to...

  • Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly intertwined against the same Sunni extremist group, President Barack Obama moved on Thursday to ratchet up U.S. efforts to strengthen more moderate Syrian rebels. Obama's request to Congress for $500 million in...

  • NJ Senate pushes to replenish open space fund

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Senate is backing a measure that would fund open space preservation in the state over the next 30 years. The Senate voted 35-1 on Thursday to support a constitutional amendment that would allocate a larger chunk of business tax revenue to improving and...

  • Detroit bankruptcy judge may take tour of city

    DETROIT (AP) — The judge in Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he's leaning toward a three-hour tour of the city but suggested the details may become a secret because of concerns about safety. The city believes a tour of warts and jewels would help Judge Steven Rhodes as he considers whether...

  • Budget has $134M gap as fiscal year nears its end

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than $134 million in piecemeal funding that Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers used to balance this year's budget has yet to arrive in the state treasury, with the end of the fiscal year only days away. The dollars are largely supposed to come from hospital lease...

  • Senate panel OKs $47B homeland security budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel Thursday gave swift bipartisan approval to a $47 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security, boosting funding to cope with an influx of Central American children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied by their parents. The Appropriations...

  • Va. gets $6M in federal funds for job training

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is receiving more than $6 million in federal funds for job training programs for laid-off workers. The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $154.7 million nationwide through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program. Officials say the funds will...

  • NYC Council approves $75B budget plan

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers have approved a $75 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The City Council passed the budget early Thursday after Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) and the City Council worked out a deal that held taxes steady and avoided any...

  • $13.8M in grants to protect soil, water on farms

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 200 farms across New York will be aided by $13.8 million in state grants designed to protect soil and water. The competitive grants from the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets and Soil and Water Conservation Committee went to 32 county soil and water...

  • Michigan gets $6.2 million in US job training aid

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department says it's giving Michigan $6.175 million under a national program to help laid-off workers train for jobs in high-demand industries. The department said Thursday that it's making about $155 million in grants to 32 states and the Cherokee tribe...

  • VIDEO: Marco Rubio touts his plan to turn around economy

    With the news Wednesday morning that the economy shrank by 2.9 percent in the first three months of 2014, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tackled issues he believes will help turn those numbers around.

  • Va. House GOP lays out Medicaid legal strategy

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans have retained a former U.S. solicitor general in preparation for a potential legal showdown with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe over the governor's ability to expand Medicaid eligibility. House Speaker William J. Howell and other Republican...

  • Key House chairman rejects Senate highway aid plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans won't support a plan by Senate Democrats to prevent states from facing a cutoff of federal highway and transit aid this summer, a key House committee chairman warned Wednesday, saying the proposal would force a tax increase. Rep. David Camp, a Michigan...



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