- Dayton warms to parts of House GOP tax plan, cool to most Updated: May-04-15 2:20 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - It's too soon to call it a budget breakthrough, but Gov. Mark Dayton has offered an opening to a compromise with House Republicans on taxes.
- Court's PERS decision raises tough questions for lawmakers Updated: May-02-15 3:01 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Supreme Court decision overturning cuts to public-employee pensions will force tough decisions for state lawmakers and local government officials, who face steep hikes in payroll costs.
- Venezuela raises minimum wage 30 pct amid raging inflation Updated: May-01-15 9:07 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro raised Venezuela's minimum wage Friday for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world's highest inflation.
- Court strikes down big chunk of public-employee pension cuts Updated: Apr-30-15 7:49 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that some of the 2013 cuts to public-employee retirement benefits are unconstitutional, wiping out much of the savings lawmakers were aiming for and likely raising pension costs for state and local governments.
- TRICARE revamp rejected, other benefit changes backed Updated: Apr-30-15 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House has rejected a proposal to largely replace the military's TRICARE health care system, but has agreed to further study a proposal that would let service members participate in retirement savings plans like a 401(k).
- House defense bill - at odds with Obama, Iraq, sage grouse Updated: Apr-30-15 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON - A nearly $612 billion defense policy bill headed to the House floor is at odds with the White House, a Shiite cleric in Iraq, anyone who wants to bar lethal aid to Ukrainian forces fighting Russian-backed rebels - and a bird known for its strutting.
- Florida man guilty of stealing dead mom's benefit checks Updated: Apr-29-15 4:47 am
TAMPA, Florida - A Florida man has pleaded guilty to stealing government money by cashing thousands of dollars in Social Security checks sent to his dead mother.
- Christie warns judges about wading into budget disputes Updated: Apr-24-15 7:31 pm
Gov. Chris Christie's administration warned the state Supreme Court on Friday that if it mandates certain pension contributions, judges could get dragged into future budget disputes.
- US closes Arizona pension investment trust probes Updated: Apr-23-15 6:29 pm
PHOENIX - Officials at Arizona's pension fund for public safety workers say federal officials have closed two investigations examining how the pension trust valued some real estate properties.
- Union that was working with Christie on pensions backs out Updated: Apr-21-15 4:03 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's largest teachers union announced Tuesday that it is no longer working with Chris Christie on a plan to overhaul public workers' pensions and health benefits, a partnership the governor had heralded as a sign he could work with political opponents.
- New Mexico senator who resigned in ethics probe gets pension Updated: Apr-17-15 2:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A state senator who resigned last month amid an ethics probe will get a pension of more than more than $1,300 a month.
- Kansas authorizes $1 billion in bonds for pension system Updated: Apr-17-15 12:47 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster Kansas' pension system for teachers and government workers.
- Christie: Pension dispute a state budget matter, not court Updated: Apr-16-15 6:07 pm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says his plan to lower contributions to public employee pension funds is a state budget matter and no business of the courts.
- Why it's proving hard to save Greece Updated: Apr-16-15 12:49 pm
ATHENS, Greece - By the day, Greece is getting closer to a potentially catastrophic debt default that could force it out of the euro bloc.
- Empire Center reports win toward seeing firefighter pensions Updated: Apr-15-15 3:05 am
ALBANY, New York - The Empire Center says a state judge has ordered the New York City Fire Pension Fund to release the names and pension amounts of its retirees.
- Christie proposes overhaul of Social Security benefits Updated: Apr-14-15 9:10 pm
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare for future retirees on Tuesday as part of a plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade, an approach he said would confront the nation's "biggest challenges in an honest way."
- Anthem subsidiaries face Missouri lawsuit over data breach Updated: Apr-14-15 3:29 pm
ST. LOUIS - A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance agencies of failing to safeguard sensitive consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem Inc.'s computer networks.
- Arkansas fugitive charged with 20 years of identity theft Updated: Apr-13-15 6:37 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A Greenbrier man has been charged with identity theft for allegedly living under a fraudulent name for nearly 20 years.
- Emanuel acknowledges challenges in 2nd Chicago mayoral term Updated: Apr-08-15 9:25 pm
CHICAGO - After surviving an unexpectedly tough campaign for a second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that Chicago's challenges "don't need to be made harder if I have a stylistic issue" but gave few details about how he'll change his approach.
- Path to finalizing pension deal still faces hurdles Updated: Apr-07-15 2:47 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Before a deal can be finalized to resolve years of legal wrangling over Rhode Island's landmark public pension system overhaul, a court, lawmakers and the plaintiffs must sign off on it.