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The most debt-ridden cities and towns    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rhode Island cities and towns have amassed $3 billion in debt and long-term liabilities, with half of all communities owing $2,000 or more per resident, according to an analysis of the most recently available annual financial statements. The most debt-laden towns owe $5,000 or more per capita, with Woonsocket topping the list. The top 10 includes cities have seen severe financial distress in recent years, such as Providence and Central Falls. More

Congressional group urges DoD to keep NY WMD team
Government Security News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A bi-partisan group of New York lawmakers urged the Department of Defense and the National Guard to preserve terror response teams in the state and in Florida. In a January letter to secretary of defense Leon Panetta, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., and Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said the DoD and National Guard were moving to shutter two Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams in their state, including one team at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, as they implement budget cutting measures. More

Second Injury Fund poses multi-million dollar liability
KMOX-AM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Missouri's troubled Second Injury Fund poses a risk for the state of several million dollars. In December, 96 individuals awarded benefits had their payments withheld because the fund is insolvent, with liabilities of $28.1 million, according to a report by the Missouri Department of Labor. More

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City weighing safety of no trail curfew
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Certain trails in Austin, Texas, could soon be open 24 hours a day with no curfew. Police and others are concerned about safety. The three trails in consideration are the Hike and Bike trail, Shoal Creek Greenbelt and the Johnson Creek Greenbelt. Opening the trails 24 hours a day is popular among regular users. More

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Liability law leaves Wisconsin man with little recourse after highway mishap
Insurance Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Wisconsin man who was blinded in one eye after a chunk of concrete flew through his windshield last spring isn't finding many avenues for recourse. That's because of the state's "pothole-liability law," which took effect two weeks earlier. The law makes it harder for drivers to sue local governments for most damages or injuries resulting from highway defects, according to a Capital Times report. More

Major pension change coming, legislative leaders promise
The Florida Current    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Legislative presiding officers told journalists recently a fundamental shift in the Florida Retirement System — making new public employees join 401(k)-style investment plans rather than the traditional "defined benefit" pension system — is the only way to avoid obligating future lawmakers to impose massive tax increases on state residents. More

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Florida Senator files bill on local government pensions
Sarasota Herald-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Reflecting one of the priorities of the Florida Senate, Sen. Jeff Brandes recently announced he has filed a bill that will create higher financial standards for the more than 500 local government pension funds around the state. More

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