New York City was sued by the U.S. government on Thursday over allegations it unlawfully reduced pension benefits for police officers who have served in the military since the September 11, 2001, attacks.
The University of Southern California and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday announced a partnership to establish a think tank that will seek bipartisan solutions to environmental problems, economic policy, political reform and other public policy issues.
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.
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