- Kansas may not issue pension bonds, despite legal authority Updated: Jul-02-15 6:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Market conditions could delay or prevent Kansas from issuing $1 billion in bonds as part of an effort to boost the financial health of its pension system for teachers and government workers, even though top state officials gave the go-ahead Thursday.
- Natchez fire chief candidate list narrowed to 6 Updated: Jul-01-15 4:23 pm
NATCHEZ, Mississippi - The Natchez Civil Service Commission has narrowed the list of applicants for fire chief to six.
- Kansas residents have higher taxes but less gun regulation Updated: Jul-01-15 2:08 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun under new laws that took effect Wednesday.
- Hundreds of protesters rally outside Christie announcement Updated: Jun-30-15 9:26 pm
LIVINGSTON, New Jersey - The good vibes and enthusiasm that accompanied Republican Gov. Chris Christie's announcement that he's running for president Tuesday didn't extend outside Livingston High School, where hundreds of protesters gathered to take him to task on a number of fronts.
- Dispute over union fees could return to Supreme Court Updated: Jun-24-15 3:52 am
WASHINGTON - Powerful public-sector unions are facing another high-profile legal challenge that they say could wipe away millions from their bank accounts and make it tougher for them to survive.
- Ohio decides to renew prison food contract with Aramark Updated: Jun-23-15 7:33 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio on Tuesday renewed a contract to feed the state's 50,000 prison inmates with a company whose early troubles getting the job done led to criticism over privatizing the service.
- Republicans send collective bargaining bills to House Updated: Jun-23-15 4:49 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Republicans on a House panel advanced two bills Tuesday that would require proposed contract agreements for public employees and an analysis of their cost to be made public before they are approved by the employer and employee unions.
- Agencies get ready to record meetings when laws take effect Updated: Jun-17-15 2:07 pm
HELENA, Montana - Directors at six state agencies say they'll be ready to record their meetings when new transparency laws requiring them to do so take effect this year.
- State union leader Marty Beil to retire this month Updated: Jun-17-15 1:43 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Marty Beil, whom many call the face of public employee unions in Wisconsin, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this month.
- ND Legislature returns for 1 day to pass budget measure Updated: Jun-16-15 3:43 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The North Dakota Legislature finally passed a budget Tuesday after lawmakers called themselves back from adjournment for an unprecedented one-day session.
- Wells Fargo settles lawsuit with New Mexico employee group Updated: Jun-11-15 9:13 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A group representing retired public employees in New Mexico has announced that Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a dispute over loses with Wachovia Bank.
- ND Legislature to reconvene to consider unresolved measure Updated: Jun-10-15 11:35 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A legislative panel on Wednesday decided to reconvene the entire North Dakota Legislature next week to consider a budget bill left unresolved by lawmakers earlier this year.
- Panel siding with teachers in dispute over quitting union Updated: Jun-09-15 8:29 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A one-month window to quit a public employee union is too restrictive and violates state law, a Michigan labor panel said Tuesday.
- Rhode Island judge approves settlement on pension overhaul Updated: Jun-09-15 6:58 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A proposed settlement to resolve years of legal wrangling over Rhode Island's landmark public pension system overhaul was approved Tuesday by a judge who called it an imperfect but fair solution.
- The Latest on pension ruling: Split decision from Moody's Updated: Jun-09-15 3:20 pm
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- ND lawmakers reach deal that lets benefits bill move forward Updated: Jun-08-15 5:28 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A panel of legislative leaders resolved a dispute Monday that was holding up a more than $14 million appropriations bill for the state's public employee retirement system, agreeing to add one lawmaker from each party to board that oversees the benefits.
- Lobbyists, interest groups grade the 2015 Nevada Legislature Updated: Jun-06-15 2:17 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - It was a brave new world when Republicans swept all constitutional offices and both houses of the Legislature in November for the first time in more than a century. Nobody knew what an era of conservative control would mean for the state. As the dust settles, lobbyists offer their grades on the outcome of the historic, 120-day legislative session.
- Measure would cut government spending on public pensions Updated: Jun-04-15 8:21 pm
SAN DIEGO - A proposed ballot measure unveiled Thursday would aim to reduce government pension spending for state and local employees in the nation's most populous state by requiring voters to approve new benefits.
- AG: NDPERS may operate under current budget guidelines Updated: Jun-04-15 4:44 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System and the state Retirement and Investment Office can operate under current budget guidelines.