Source: Denver Post | Denver, Colo. |
August 1, 2012
Hundreds of photo-speed-van and red-light-camera tickets issued to city of Denver employees driving city cars have gone unpaid, according to manager of safety records. Using 3½ years of records obtained using Colorado open-records laws, 607 citations were found to be unpaid, even though most city agencies require workers to pay tickets they receive in city vehicles.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | New Jersey |
July 31, 2012
New Jersey voters will decide in November whether judges should contribute more toward their pensions and benefits, after after the Supreme Court ruled last week that a 2011 law to increase public employee contributions to pensions and health benefits cannot apply to any sitting judge.
Gov. Rick Perry appointed Dr. Kyle Janek, an Austin anesthesiologist and former state legislator, as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to replace retiring Commissioner Toms Suehs.
Traditionally, U.S. voters have backed generous pay and benefits for the cops and firefighters willing to risk their lives to keep citizens safe. But as economic conditions have worsened and many local governments have run into severe fiscal problems, that attitude has started to change.
New York and up to 25 other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
July 30, 2012
After two years in which teachers, cops, firefighters and other public workers headed for the exits in record numbers as Trenton took aim at their pensions and benefits, the pace of retirements has slowed drastically, the latest records show.
Governor Bev Perdue signed legislation aimed at helping military spouses land jobs after they arrive at military bases, making North Carolina the ninth state this year to enact a law addressing the issue.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.