| Jan 4, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Congressional action to avert a "fiscal cliff" of higher taxes and across-the-board federal budget cuts means that government agencies will avoid many dreaded spending reductions — at least for now.
But "now" is no more than two months. The future...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 5:09 AM
SPRINGFIELD — With time running short in the lame-duck session, state lawmakers on Sunday dropped hot-button issues dealing with guns and marijuana but kept alive hopes of reforming pensions and giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants....
| Apr 23, 2013
| 7:53 PM
For more than half of my 38 years in the news business, I've been a member of a union, though I'm not currently. And my late father was a proud Teamster for decades.
So I appreciate the goods that unions deliver to nearly 15 million members in the...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 10:24 PM
Aberdeen residents who need to install or improve a sump pump system have a choice of two programs -- one of them a grant, the other a loan -- to help pay for them.
The sump pump work could be covered under a home rehab grant program offered by Homes...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Current and retired federal employees who have been on the offense against the Defense of Marriage Act can't taste victory yet, but its scent is growing stronger now that the Supreme Court has decided to review the law.
Federal workers and retirees have...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 2:04 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he remains confident lawmakers can reach a deal to reform the state’s government employee pension system by his Jan. 9 deadline, despite the fact House and Senate leaders can’t even agree on which days to come...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 9:00 AM
As talk of the sequester ratchets upward in the ranks of government employees who might be affected ("Sequester furloughs begin for U.S. public defenders," April 4), here's a quick word of advice: Keep the whining to yourselves! While readers generally do...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 2:30 PM
The "average" federal employee salary is nearly $78,500, an amount that has risen by about $1,800 in the past two years despite a general freeze on salary rates, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
As of September, OPM reported last week,...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Labor unions representing federal employees reacted angrily to the $3.8 trillion budget unveiled Wednesday by President Barack Obama, who proposed trimming $20 billion from federal retirement benefits — reopening a debate many Democrats felt had...
| Apr 14, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The massive federal budget cuts commonly referred to as the sequester will be felt nationwide and will lead to furloughs at places such as Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa., while the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va., is facing layoffs,...
| May 21, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Hagerstown City Council members passed a $133.1 million budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year Tuesday night, but not without a lot of wrangling.
Among the items discussed were financial issues facing the city and whether enough is being done for city...