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The secret to Massachusetts' high credit rating
As Massachusetts' secretary of finance and administration, Jay Gonzalez has had a major role in helping the state achieve its highest credit rating ever. That's a remarkable achievement when you consider that it occurred in a massive and deep recession. Indeed, in fiscal 2009 Massachusetts experienced the biggest drop in revenue — both in dollars and in percentage terms — that it had ever seen. More
Group wants private prisons to rehab Florida inmates
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle Share
A group with strong business ties urged Florida lawmakers to divert nonviolent felons into privately operated prisons for substance abuse and mental health treatment to cut costs and help prevent them from returning to crime when they are released. The proposal by the Florida Smart Justice Alliance drew opposition from public employee unions representing guards and other prison workers. They questioned the safety of private prisons as well as cost savings claimed by the alliance. More
Citgo close to settling MTBE lawsuit in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Union Leader Share
Lawyers for the state of New Hampshire and Citgo Petroleum Corp. are close to a deal that would leave ExxonMobil as the only oil company left in an $800 million lawsuit over water contamination caused by the gasoline additive MTBE that started with 22 defendants in 2003. More
Pension gap widens in cities across America
New Hampshire Watchdog Share
The largest cities in the U.S. are $99 billion short on their pension obligations, and that gap is growing. A just-published report from the Pew Charitable Trust finds that 61 cities don't have the assets to pay more than a quarter of their pension promises. More
Design plays limited role in improving school safety
In the wake of the Newtown shootings, there has been an insatiable desire to do something. Vice President Joe Biden has led a task force to strengthen the nation's gun control policies. Governors across the country have pledged to reform their mental healthcare systems. And now policymakers are calling for school safety improvements, the last line of defense, so that if a mentally unstable person obtains a firearm and comes to a school with deadly intentions, perhaps the school's design and protocols can limit the damage and maybe prevent 20 young children from being murdered by a madman. More
Lost ID cards may be thing of the past as states go electronic
Property Casualty 360 Share
Insurance agents getting calls from clients about lost auto-insurance cards could soon become a thing of the past as more states seek to legalize the use of electronic ID cards. Wyoming is looking to become the latest state to adopt such a system, with legislators considering a bill that would allow motorists to use an electronic format for proof of insurance for a police stop. More
Unfunded retirement obligations for Alaska at $11 billion
Alaska Dispatch Share
Like many states, Alaska is on the hook for billions in future retirement obligations, what's known as the "unfunded liability" for school, state and municipal retiree pensions and healthcare. For Alaska, that amounts to $11 billion — more than the entire state government costs to run for a year. More