- Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws Updated: Feb-12-16 5:36 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.
- Spain: Civil servant fined after skipping work for years Updated: Feb-12-16 2:23 pm
MADRID - The case started with confusion over where a civil servant in southern Spain worked. Now a court has ruled he must pay back nearly 27,000 euros ($30,500) in wages because for years he actually didn't work at all.
- In southern Europe, an astute negotiator unpicks austerity Updated: Feb-12-16 12:16 pm
LISBON, Portugal - He doesn't boast about being an expert deal-maker like Donald Trump, but new Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa is quietly building a reputation as a canny negotiator and a government leader to watch in southern Europe by doing what many people thought was impossible.
- Walker to sign bill Friday changing Wisconsin civil service Updated: Feb-11-16 7:16 pm
APPLETON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker plans Friday to sign a Republican-backed bill to overhaul Wisconsin's civil service system.
- New Mexico House approves police double dipping bill Updated: Feb-10-16 11:31 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico's House of Representatives has approved provisions for some retired law enforcement officers to return to work while also receiving pension benefits.
- Candidates barred from targeting public workers' emails Updated: Feb-10-16 2:58 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana candidates for political office are barred from distributing unsolicited campaign material to public employees' email addresses, the state commissioner of political practices said Wednesday.
- Oregon pension funds see 20 percent increase in deficit Updated: Feb-10-16 12:26 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon Treasurer and Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler issued a statement last week noting that the state pension fund's investment returns were 2.1 percent in 2015.
- Brazil governor wants environmental fund to pay pensions Updated: Feb-09-16 3:18 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Rio de Janeiro state governor wants to use money earmarked for an environmental fund being used to clean up waterways before the upcoming Olympics to cover shortfalls in civil servants' pensions, a major Brazilian daily said Tuesday.
- Eastern Illinois University announces layoffs, furloughs Updated: Feb-08-16 8:45 pm
CHARLESTON, Illinois - Eastern Illinois University has announced the layoff of 198 civil service employees, blaming the move on the continuing state budget impasse.
- Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits Updated: Feb-08-16 7:11 pm
DETROIT - One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires' disease.
- House committee set to take up retirement system changes Updated: Feb-06-16 2:25 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - A legislative committee is set to take up a measure to create a new retirement plan for future public employees that includes a two-year increase in the normal retirement age to 67 for many new workers.
- Kansas lawmakers pledge support for transparency legislation Updated: Feb-03-16 4:46 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers are pledging support for a bill that would open up private emails sent by public employees about government business.
- Indianapolis starts real-time data center to assist police Updated: Jan-23-16 10:13 am
INDIANAPOLIS - City officials in Indianapolis have started up a new data center that they say will help police investigations and give real-time crime analysis to the public.
- Walker says he'll sign civil service bill in next week or 2 Updated: Jan-22-16 1:28 pm
MILWAUKEE - Gov. Scott Walker says he'll sign the bill that overhauls the state's civil service system in the next week or two.
- GOP lawmakers want exemptions for gay marriage opponents Updated: Jan-22-16 11:58 am
ATLANTA - Months after the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers across the U.S. are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of their religious beliefs.
- Stock market tumble could keep pension funds behind Updated: Jan-22-16 12:53 am
The slide on Wall Street could damage public employee pension funds around the country, most of which haven't even recovered from the Great Recession, and the burden could end up falling on taxpayers.
- High court split over police officer's First Amendment case Updated: Jan-19-16 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON - A New Jersey police officer's claim that he was a victim of political retribution drew plenty of sympathy at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it wasn't clear whether the justices would find that Jeffrey Heffernan has a case under the First Amendment.
- Medina to pay $1.7 million to fired police lieutenant Updated: Jan-18-16 9:16 am
MEDINA, Washington - The city of Medina is paying $1.7 million to a former police lieutenant whose firing was deemed to be too harsh a punishment for the racially derogatory comments he made.
- Rauner asks labor board to rule if union talks at impasse Updated: Jan-15-16 4:45 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The acidic word-war between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the union members who staff state government took a formal turn Friday with the Republican executive asking state labor regulators to determine whether year-old negotiations have stalled.
- AFSCME calls on Rauner to say whether contract talks stalled Updated: Jan-14-16 8:03 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The state's largest public employee union has asked Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to flatly state whether contract talks are at a legal standstill.