By associated press | 03/03/14 08:54 AM
Members of the Oklahoma House have urged the Senate and Gov. Mary Fallin to commit to funding targeted pay increases for state employees before signing off on a pension overhaul bill, according to one state lawmaker.
By Andrew Taylor | 03/03/14 08:32 AM
The budget gurus in Congress have failed for years to find a grand bargain to reduce the government's long-term debt, so this year they decided to go small. Just 1 percentage point would be shaved from the annual cost-of-living increase in military pensions for veterans under age 62.
By Joseph Lawler | 03/03/14 07:51 AM
A jam-packed week for economics-related news in Washington is threatened by Winter Storm Titan, which is bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic region. Here’s what’s on the schedule: House budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., is scheduled to publish a report Monday criticizing the U.S....
By Associated Press | 03/01/14 01:34 PM
Advocates for the home health care industry say the 14 percent cut in Medicare payments it will see over the next four years is unprecedented and could result in a loss of services for thousands of homebound seniors and disabled individuals in Oregon.
By Associated Press | 03/01/14 01:26 PM
A New York City doctor has pleaded guilty in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a northern New Jersey firm.
By Steve Chapman | 02/28/14 03:16 PM
If you're in the hospital with multiple fractures, a staph infection and a collapsed lung, you may not take great comfort when your doctor informs you that his last patient has it worse, being dead. Sometimes encouraging comparisons are not that encouraging.
02/27/14 08:30 PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Republican governor announced Thursday he wants to reject a full Medicaid expansion that would enroll more people in the government program, and instead seek federal dollars to cover the poor in private plans. Gov. Gary Herbert's decision came after months of...
By Scott Rasmussen | 02/27/14 02:57 PM
"A recipe for violence: Promise a lot, deliver a little. Lead people to believe they will be much better off, but let there be no dramatic improvement." The brilliant political scientist Aaron Wildavsky wrote these words in 1968 while America was engulfed in race riots and anti-war protests....
By Veronique de Rugy | 02/27/14 02:44 PM
The president's budget is scheduled to come out next week. It is late again. Unfortunately, we can expect that the president didn't use this extra time to find responsible solutions to put the country on a sustainable financial path.
By Sean Higgins | 02/27/14 11:59 AM
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters Thursday morning that comprehensive immigration reform and serious entitlement reform were both dead for the year in the Senate. He blamed President Obama and Senate Democratic leaders for creating a toxic atmosphere and refusing to negotiate with...
By Alan Fram | 02/27/14 08:32 AM
A Democratic bill enhancing health care, education and job-training benefits for veterans faces an uphill climb as the Senate approaches a showdown vote on the $21 billion legislation.
By Christopher S. Rugaber | 02/27/14 08:30 AM
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, though the broader trend in applications remained stable. But the four-week average was unchanged at 338,250, the Labor Department said Thursday.
02/26/14 05:30 PM
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland fiscal officials urged lawmakers Wednesday to reject Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to help fill a budget hole with $100 million intended to shore up pension liabilities. Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp implored members of a Senate panel...
02/26/14 02:45 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rising pension costs for local government workers could push municipalities into bankruptcy and spur tax increases if policymakers do not make changes, Pennsylvania's auditor general warned Wednesday. Pennsylvania's approximately 1,200 municipal pension systems are...
By David M. Drucker | 02/26/14 12:36 PM
Portman said a reasonable deal remains on the table that would attract the GOP votes needed to pass legislation in the Senate, but Reid would rather try to damage the Republicans politically by painting them as against unemployment insurance.
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