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Stories with subject: Government pensions and social security
  • Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:28 am
  • BEIJING - Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute.

  • France targets welfare for big spending cuts 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:56 pm
  • PARIS - France's new prime minister announced plans Wednesday to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from state pensions, health care and the social safety net as a part of a 50 billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.

  • People with old Social Security debts get reprieve 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:13 am
  • WASHINGTON - People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now.

  • Oklahoma AG cautions about tax and rebate scams 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 3:05 am
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Scott Pruitt is warning Oklahomans about tax and rebate scams as the deadline nears to file personal income tax returns.

  • Schools protest state construction payment delay 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 3:34 pm
  • SCRANTON, Pennsylvania - School officials in Pennsylvania say they are under extreme financial pressure because of delinquent construction reimbursements from the state government as pension costs continue spiraling.

  • Puerto Rico court strikes down new pension law 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:20 pm
  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Friday ruled that a law to change a teachers' retirement system is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to the U.S. territory's governor as he tries to revive a sluggish economy.

  • Mediation in Rhode Island pension lawsuits fails 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:07 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Talks to salvage a proposed settlement designed to end the legal fight over Rhode Island's 2011 landmark pension overhaul have failed and the original court challenge is moving ahead, both sides of the case said Friday.

  • Tax refund fraud is a big frustration for victims 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 8:30 am
  • TOLEDO, Ohio - Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter's tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old's personal information.

  • Los Angeles Mayor wants greener streets 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 10:08 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - Hoping to give a new look to a city where the car is king, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that he planned to add plazas, trees and artwork to some of the city's busiest streets to lure walkers, cyclists, new cafes and shops.

  • Bid renewed to bar lobbyists from NY pensions 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:05 am
  • ALBANY, New York - Two New York legislators are renewing their bid to remove employees of municipal trade associations from the state pension system for government workers after efforts failed to do it through the new state budget.

  • Chicago pension deal creates quandary for Quinn 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:18 pm
  • CHICAGO - The Legislature's approval of a plan to reduce Chicago's multibillion-dollar pension shortfall is creating an election-year quandary for Gov. Pat Quinn, who must decide whether to indirectly sign off on a $750 million tax hike or risk derailing aid for a city in serious financial trouble.

  • Illinois Legislature OKs Chicago pension overhaul 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 7:37 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.

  • Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 8:20 pm
  • CHICAGO - Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics - the mastermind behind a Democratic takeover of Congress, dealmaker in two White Houses and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process.

  • Illinois' next pension issue: Police, fire funds 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:28 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - After addressing Illinois' own employee pension crisis, lawmakers now face an equally challenging task with the state's cities, as mayors demand help with underfunded police and firefighter pensions before the growing cost "chokes" budgets and forces local tax increases.

  • Blackstone to buy manufacturer Gates for $5.4B 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 4:55 pm
  • NEW YORK - Private equity firm The Blackstone Group will buy industrial products maker Gates Corp. for $5.4 billion, according to Gates' owners.

  • Panel oks bill that makes changes to Fla. pension 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 1:56 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Elected officials and top employees in state government would no longer be eligible for the state's traditional pension plan under a bill now advancing in the Florida Legislature.

  • San Jose mayor plans pension initiative in 2016 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 7:14 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday that he is pressing ahead with a proposed ballot initiative that would give local governments more leeway to cut public employees' future pension benefits, saying he will target the 2016 ballot after losing a court challenge this year.

  • Chicago among many Ill. cities in pension straits 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:41 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for fixing part of the nation's worst municipal pension crisis is now in the hands of state lawmakers - and it's likely just the first of many from cities across the state seeking legislative help for their employee retirement funds.

  • Courts question law leaving pensions unprotected 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 6:04 pm
  • NEW YORK - New rulings against Catholic hospital chains on both coasts have intensified a faceoff between religiously affiliated employers and workers who are alarmed by the companies' efforts to avoid insuring or funding their pensions.

  • Kentucky Budget bill goes to governor's desk 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 10:36 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The Kentucky General Assembly approved a $20.3 billion biennial spending plan Monday that authorizes $20.3 billion in spending for education, Medicaid, pensions, and other state government services while cutting spending in many state agencies by 5 percent through fiscal 2016.

  • Brannon again sets goal, this time for US Senate 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 5:24 pm
  • BURLINGTON, North Carolina - Greg Brannon is approaching his goal of becoming a U.S. senator much the way he did his goal of becoming a doctor - he reads and reads.

  • Fear grips village divided between Russia, Ukraine 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 2:07 pm
  • VYSELKI, Ukraine - The prospect of Russian troops marching into eastern Ukraine is accomplishing what a national border could not: dividing the villagers of Vyselki.