More Entitlements Articles

  • GOP hopefuls differ on how to rein in state budget in Minnesota

    On its current trajectory, Minnesota's next two-year state budget will top the $40 billion mark. The Republicans seeking to defeat Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton say they would slam the brakes on spending if they're put in charge.

  • Some Native Americans wary about health reform

    Denise Mesteth signed up for new health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, despite concerns that it may not be worth the money for her and other Native Americans who otherwise rely on free government coverage.

  • Detroit seeing upgrades ahead of bankruptcy trial

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit neighborhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts. In the little more than a year since state-appointed emergency...

  • NY pension fund seeks political spending reports

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's $176.2 billion pension fund for public workers this year has proposed 29 corporations more thoroughly disclose their political spending. Three have agreed to do it: Comcast, Peabody Energy and CF Industries. New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the fund's...

  • US unemployment aid applications drop to 302,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market. Weekly applications for unemployment aid dipped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week...

  • NY's Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives

    NEW YORK (AP) — Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide contraceptive devices to low-income women who don't want to get pregnant soon...

  • Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits. People sometimes need the information quickly to verify their income when applying for a loan...

  • This state incorrectly gave $41 million in childcare benefits to ineligible families

    Three-fourths of Kansas' subsidized childcare services were given to non-U.S. citizens or families with too-old children, according to a federal watchdog.

  • Bogus cash pays for roads

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If there's anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it's free money. The latest example of free money in Washington is a retread proposal called "pension smoothing" that raises money but doesn't increase anyone's taxes. To some...

  • Labor Department grant to assist unemployed

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is getting more than $6 million from the federal government to help people who have been out of work for a long time. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Labor Department will be used to create and expand...

  • First signs of a Detroit recovery?

    On Monday, Detroit is expected to release the results of a vote by the state's retirees on an accepting a "grand bargain" bailout package from Michigan.

  • Detroit bankruptcy judge opens court to critics

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy gave the microphone Tuesday to residents and retirees who oppose the city's proposal to cut pensions and other benefits as part of a plan to get solvent again. Hundreds of people have filed objections to Detroit's bankruptcy exit strategy....

  • Congressional Budget Office downgrades fiscal outlook, but not because of debt

    The outlook for the federal debt is still grim, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday, and largely unchanged despite the roll-out of Obamacare and a budget deal since its last projection were issued.

  • 'Complicated' Detroit bankruptcy vote out July 21

    DETROIT (AP) — The counting of votes cast by creditors in Detroit's bankruptcy case is a "little complicated," but the city is on track to report results next week, an attorney said Monday. More than 30,000 retirees and current and former workers were eligible to vote on pension changes through...

  • State public pension funds earn 18 percent returns

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two of the nation's two largest public pension funds are reporting investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year. The Sacramento Bee reported (http://bit.ly/1sgna4M ) Monday that the California Public Employees Retirement System had earnings of 18.4...



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