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Stories with subject: Government pay
  • Senate passes new approach to pension obligation 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 7:56 pm
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation setting out a new approach for addressing the state's pension obligation Saturday, less than three hours after the plan emerged from the Senate Finance Committee.

  • Majority of legislators accept automatic raise 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:14 am
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A majority of Alabama legislators accepted an automatic pay raise this spring, the last one they will receive under a controversial 2007 pay raise resolution.

  • Ex-Vermont employee faces embezzlement charges 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:16 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - A former state employee was charged Friday with embezzling more than $50,000 by using what Gov. Peter Shumlin called a "fairly sophisticated" scheme that involved setting up false claims against the state and then using the money that was to pay those claims for her own purposes.

  • Survey: Louisianans with jobs top 2 million 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 12:58 pm
  • More than 2 million Louisianans say they have a job, an all-time high.

  • California cross-border airport clears key hurdle 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:28 pm
  • SAN DIEGO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that it has reached agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:37 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

  • Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:55 am
  • Wisconsin State Journal, April 16

  • Ex-California city leader gets 12 years in prison 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:29 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city.

  • Branstad's tax return shows income of $234,907 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:23 am
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad earned $234,907 and is paying $28,298 in federal taxes for 2013.

  • Union PAC donations, not names, ordered released 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:32 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania's open records agency has ruled that the state government must disclose the amounts of donations to political action committees that are taken directly out of public-sector union workers' paychecks, but it does not have to make the donors' names public.

  • State audits find spending abuse in LA-area city 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:55 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A gritty Los Angeles suburb targeted in a federal corruption probe had virtually no controls over how taxpayer money was spent, opening the way for officials to run up credit-card bills and take questionable leave time that in one case nearly doubled an employee's salary, state audits found Tuesday.

  • Alabama governor releases tax return 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:01 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley's tax returns show he's still not receiving any income from being governor, but he and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of $372,687 for 2013.

  • Finmeccanica shares down on CEO change 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:20 am
  • MILAN - Investors signaled concern Tuesday at a change of leadership at the scandal-plagued Finmeccanica defense contractor as part of sweeping management changes announced by Italian Premier Matteo Renzi at four strategic state-backed firms.

  • Judges try to overturn Martinez's veto on raises 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:25 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A group of New Mexico judges sued Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday in an effort to overturn a veto that denied them an 8 percent pay raise, an increase the governor says too far eclipsed those given to other state employees like teachers.

  • Palestinian doctors caught in fight over Jerusalem 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 12:19 pm
  • ABU DIS, West Bank - Since graduating from a local medical school nine years ago, Basel Nassar has been barred from serving his community in east Jerusalem, despite a shortage of doctors there.

  • Fight brews over accrued vacation, sick leave 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 11:06 am
  • PASCAGOULA, Mississippi - The Legislature failed to protect retirees from a recent move by the state retirement system to cut pensions.

  • Arizona governor signs manufacturer tax cut law 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 8:34 pm
  • PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses.

  • High-paid California school official suspended 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:11 pm
  • LAWNDALE, California - The superintendent of a small Southern California school district who makes more than the president of the United States has been put on administrative leave while his salary is reviewed.

  • Exxon CEO's compensation rises 3 percent to $28.1M 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:16 pm
  • IRVING, Texas - The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. received compensation worth $28.1 million last year, a 3 percent increase over the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a company regulatory filing.

  • Iowa St bumps Hoiberg's salary to $2.6 million 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 1:14 pm
  • AMES, Iowa - Iowa State has given coach Fred Hoiberg a $600,000 a year raise, bumping his average annual salary to $2.6 million in an effort to keep "The Mayor" in Ames for life.

  • Business talk dominates GOP governor debate 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 1:37 am
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Republicans running for Maryland governor repeatedly compared state government to a business during their fifth debate on Thursday, likening the role they are seeking to that of a corporate executive.

  • Ailing Puerto Rico open to radical economic fixes 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 12:08 am
  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Slash the number of public holidays by two-thirds. Eliminate dozens of government agencies. Legalize marijuana and prostitution.

  • Okla. GOP leaders plan to derail judge pay hikes 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:43 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Republican legislative leaders say they plan to derail a pay raise for members of the Oklahoma judiciary that would have also increased the salaries of the statewide elected officials such as the governor and attorney general.

  • Argentina hit by nationwide strike over inflation 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:25 pm
  • BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - A nationwide strike paralyzed Argentina's economy on Thursday, shutting down air, train and bus traffic, closing businesses and ports and emptying classrooms. The strike also stopped all non-emergency hospital attention, left garbage in emptied streets and complicated many other aspects of life in the South American nation.

  • Opelousas board considers cutting leaders' pay 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 9:28 am
  • OPELOUSAS, Louisiana - An ordinance to reduce the salaries of the mayor and the Board of Aldermen by 7 percent was introduced at Tuesday's meeting.