(Michigan Capitol Confidential) Nine Republicans co-sponsor legislation that would put $165 million toward unfunded union pension liabilities, after each of them received union campaign contributions.
The Ohio Senate approved a bill that mandates a 30 minute exercise period in schools, among other nutritional requirements. Ohio, with one in three children obese, aims to monitor and control each student’s body weight.
(KTUU) Patients and staffers at Anchorage’s veterans’ clinic have waited two years for this day: the opening of their new building on North Muldoon Road. Less than seven miles from the site of the new crime lab, the new clinic measures 184,000 square feet, but with a price tag that should make Alaska policymakers take notice.
Alaska will be unable to fund 100 percent of the PERS obligations until 2034, according to an evaulation by a consulting firm. Rising salaries are creating a larger liability according to officials.
(AP) New healthcare legislation allowing adults to remain under the coverage of their parents’ plan is expected to raise premiums near 1 percent. This coming despite the campaign promise that premiums would be reduced by 2,500 per average family.
(Chicago Tribune) Illinois needs leaders who see that, across this nation, concerns about the public sector’s size, cost and reach is the domestic issue that most rivets Americans.
(Business Week) Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed reducing the $46-per-person tax to $34.50, and allow deeper offsets for local head taxes for ships stopping in Juneau and Ketchikan. Some form of the tax is expected to pass before session ends April 17.
(Wall Street Journal) Massachusetts law makers imposed new laws on insurance companies in 2006, including terms such as the inability to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. This caused systematic abuse resulting operating […]
(UPI) U.S. fiscal policy “is unsustainable” and cannot be solved with minor changes, the head of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office told reporters in Washington.
(Los Angeles Times) Currently, firms mostly respond to weak demand by laying off workers. Under a work-sharing program, firms are encouraged by government policy to spread a small amount of the pain across many workers.