More Entitlements Articles

  • Rhode Island workers, retirees mull pension deal

    The fate of Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul — a model cited in other states wrestling with escalating retirements — now hinges on the votes of the same government workers and retirees who sued to block the law.

  • NYC mayor Bill De Blasio's next big push: affordable housing

    that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items on his sweeping liberal agenda: massively expanding affordable housing, increasing wages for the working class and overhauling the city's recovery from...

  • Feds may pull funding over Georgia food stamp problems

    Federal officials are threatening to cut off up to $76 million in administrative funding if Georgia doesn't make big changes to its food stamp system.

  • Rhode Island workers, retirees mull pension deal

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The fate of Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul — a model cited in other states wrestling with escalating retirements — now hinges on the votes of the same government workers and retirees who sued to block the law. Thousands of teachers, firefighters, police...

  • Negotiations to begin on Oklahoma budget, policy

    Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders agree in principle on cutting taxes, a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Capitol and revamping the pension system for state workers, but each side has different ideas on the specifics.

  • California sees late surge in health enrollment

    California is seeing a late surge in the number of people signing up for health insurance coverage ahead of next week's deadline — and state officials are encouraging more people to apply.

  • Louisiana hospital faces financial crisis

    Madison Parish Hospital could face a financial emergency if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require reimbursement of $2.5 million in overpayment ties to fraudulent billing by the hospital's former administrator.

  • Medicaid ads target Virginia House speaker

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — New ads funded by groups on both sides of the debate over expanding Medicaid appear to be narrowly aimed at one person: House Speaker William J. Howell. The focus on Howell underscores what is likely a pivotal role that he will play in deciding the outcome. The...

  • Senate moves forward on jobless pay bill in rare bipartisan vote

    Congress took a small step toward renewing federal unemployment insurance benefits on Thursday with a Senate vote to begin debate on a jobless pay measure. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in a 65-34 vote on the bill, which would restore benefits for five months and provide retroactive pay for...

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn: Extending income tax hike is 'tough choice'

    Gov. Pat Quinn knows trying to make the state's temporary income tax increase permanent will be a "tough choice" for Illinois lawmakers, but that the issue could be even tougher for voters who'll decide if the Chicago Democrat gets another term.

  • House finalizing bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

    Doctors who treat Medicare patients would get a last-minute reprieve from a scheduled 24 percent cut in their government reimbursements under a bill that's on track to pass the House.

  • Applications for US jobless aid dip to 4-month low

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up.

  • House Republicans attempt to renew focus on debt

    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling is trying to draw attention back to the nation’s mounting debt ahead of midterm elections that are more likely to revolve around Obamacare. The Texas Republican scheduled a series of hearings on the debt, he says, after reading a...

  • Biden pushes $10.10 minimum wage at D.C. restaurant that pays $3.77 an hour

    Vice President Joe Biden, the point man for boosting the minimum wage to $10.10, on Wednesday took his campaign to a Washington, D.C., landmark, the Florida Avenue Grill, which pays its workers a minimum wage to tipped employees of $3.77. That is above the federally required $2.13 hourly wage...

  • EBT cards, as well as welfare reform, cut crime

    In a Washington Examiner column earlier this month, I suggested that welfare reform may have had the incidental and beneficial effect of cutting crime -- and be responsible for part of the astonishing decline of violent crime over the last 20 years. Now I see, thanks to Ben Domenech's "The...



From the Weekly Standard

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