Under a new law, New Hampshire will leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but only if other states do first. Governor John Lynch, a champion of New England’s cap-and-trade pact, tentatively supported a policy viewed as a compromise.
A year after Minnesota’s three-week shutdown, New Jersey is the state that appears at greatest risk of starting the fiscal year without a budget.
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New Jersey failed to consistently pay its full annual pension contribution from 2005 to 2010. The system was 71 percent funded in fiscal year 2010 and faced a $36 billion funding gap. Most experts agree that a fiscally sustainable system should be at least 80 percent funded. The state also had a $71 billion bill for retiree health care costs, none of which was funded, well below the 8 percent national average in 2010.
Louisiana gave advocates of charter schools, vouchers and other publicly funded education alternatives everything they could have asked for, but opposition remained fierce elsewhere.
New Hampshire lawmakers this week passed legislation calling for the state to exit New England’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but only if two other states drop out first.
The average offender in New Jersey released in 2005 served 2.6 years in custody, 8% more than the average offender released in 1990.