Desperate for more money, public pension systems have been making high-risk investments hoping for a higher profit. But they may ultimately cost taxpayers more.
While other cities try to regulate panhandlers, Albuquerque, N.M., offers them an income and social services for the day.
Several states limit the topic of their legislative sessions every other year to money. The conversation doesn't include corporate giveaways, but that may change in Louisiana.
Dozens of U.S. communities have launched similar programs, but Blacksburg, Va.'s is different.
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