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6 Degrees of Health Care Is No Idle Game

Gary Stein | Posted 06.16.2015 | Miami
Gary Stein

One of the great advantages of the universe as well as one of its biggest problems is that everything is connected to something. From the forces that act on the tiniest subatomic particle to the most massive of planets, nothing works apart from everything. Nothing exists entirely within a vacuum, completely unaffected by anything around it.

LSU's Possible 'Bankruptcy': The Bell Tolls for Louisiana Higher Education

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
R. Kyle Alagood

The budget outlook for Louisiana State University is so dire that its main campus is drafting a financial exigency plan--the university equivalent of bankruptcy. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's current budget slashes statewide higher education funding by 82 percent.

Who's To Blame For Pennsylvania's School Closings?

Peter Greene | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

It is some sort of amazing Jedi mind trick -- citizens and taxpayers are looking right past the causes of schools' financial problems and deciding to blame it all on local school boards.

Reeder: Quinn's Inauguration Absence a Disappointment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.

Alaska Governor: State's Savings Mean Oil Revenue Decline Doesn't Make Budget Situation a 'Crisis'

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Gov. Bill Walker says Alaska will tap its savings and cut budgets to get through low oil prices, but in an interview on the eve of next legislative session he was unwilling to call the state's multibillion-dollar deficits a "crisis."

Budget Shortfalls Could Stop Republican Governors From Keeping Big Promises

Pew's Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

States Are Prioritizing Prisons Over Education, Budgets Show

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

If state budget trends reflect the country's policy priorities, then the U.S. currently values prisoners over children, a new report suggests. A r...

States Should Spend Less on Prisons, More on Schools

Michael Mitchell | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

The savings from criminal justice reforms wouldn't fully finance the increased education investments needed, partly because states will likely spend much of the savings elsewhere. But reordering state priorities away from maintaining large prison populations and toward investing in human capital will pay off over the long term.

Changing Demographics, Bloated Budgets Shape Changing Fair Landscape Across the Country

Hilary Gowins | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Fairs offer a nostalgic, week-long escape filled with freakish foods and a sense of community that hearkens back to a different time. But their future is uncertain, especially in states that already can't pay for things such as education and government pensions.

Busting Three Myths About the Internet Tax Freedom Act's 'Grandfather Clause'

Michael Mazerov | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Mazerov

ITFA was enacted in 1998 with strong bipartisan support, and it has always included a "grandfather clause" that allowed states and localities that were taxing Internet access to keep doing so. Despite its long history, there's widespread misunderstanding about the grandfather clause in the current debate about renewing ITFA.

The 2015 Illinois Budget Is Ridiculous, and Here's 15 Reasons Why

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.02.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2015 Illinois budget absurdity and hypocrisy knows few bounds. Yes, there was no vote to raise taxes, making the 5 percent rate permanent. That w...

New Jerseyans Move Because of Income Taxes? Fuhgeddaboutit

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Gordon MacInnes

Gov. Christie and his treasurer are standing firm. They say there will be no tax increases to help New Jersey out of its budget crisis. Why? Because, they claim, the wealthiest New Jerseyans may well "get up and walk out" of the state instead of face a tax increase.

Trust and Transparency are a Two Way Street

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

The mutual responsibility for ensuring a transparent grants process resides with both the government agency granting the funds and the organizations that receive them. Let's start with the organizations.

The Teachable Moment in Chris Christie's Budget Address

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 04.29.2014 | New York
Gordon MacInnes

What does work is to invest in New Jersey's economic assets that made it an economic powerhouse: its transportation infrastructure connecting it to New York and Philadelphia, its well-educated workforce, its great public schools and its magnetism for striving immigrants.

Do You Want to Bail Out Your State?

Bob Williams | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Williams

If a friend asks for $16,000 so that they can pay off a debt, how do you react? Chances are you think that is a lot of money, and you question how they got into that kind of debt in the first place. Now think about what happens if your state lawmakers ask you for $16,178 to get out of debt.

How Chuck Reed's Pension 'Reform' Scheme Doesn't Add Up

Dave Low | Posted 03.11.2014 | San Francisco
Dave Low

California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, the state office responsible for analyzing the impact of proposed ballot measures, sent up a large red flag. It said that an initiative that would eliminate the Constitutional vested rights of public employees to retirement and retiree health care could cost "billions of dollars."

State Budgets Still Plagued By Little Room For Big Ideas, Report Shows

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) - U.S. state budgets appear to be stabilizing, budget gaps are rare and policymakers have more flexibility to deal with o...

State Fiscal Picture Brightens But Uncertainly Lingers Into 2014

Pew's Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

John Celock

State Finances Uncertain

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

State governments are seeing signs of recovery, but continue to face an uncertain economic future, according to a new report released Thursday. Th...

GOP 'Way Too Extreme' For Own Member

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Wisconsin slammed his own party as “extreme” and compared its decision-making to that of Russian President Vladimir ...

Is Bankruptcy Right For Our Municipal Governments?

Mike Barnhart | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
Mike Barnhart

Local leaders and citizens need to be aware of the municipal bankruptcy process and what it means to their community. Unless government officials learn to exercise budget control, more and more municipalities may face the prospect of bankruptcy.

John Celock

Dr. Oz Tells Governors To Promote Healthy Lifestyles, Have Enough Sex

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's governors closed their conference here Monday following a call from Dr. Mehmet Oz for them to have more sex. Oz, speaki...

To Put the Interests of New Jersey First, Gov. Christie Needs to Expand Medicaid

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 04.24.2013 | New York
Gordon MacInnes

The rejection of the Medicaid expansion would have such powerful negative consequences for New Jersey in so many ways, that this is one surprise that is best avoided.

An Unbalanced Budget: Does NY State's Proposed Budget Show How Governor Andrew Cuomo Really Feels About the Gay Community?

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 04.13.2013 | New York
Ryan J. Davis

There's still time for the governor to back more progressive priorities, but he won't do it if he doesn't hear from us. Remember, the struggle for equality and social justice doesn't end with gay marriage.

Bringing the Constitution Back to Congress

Bob Williams | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Bob Williams

If change doesn't occur rapidly, then the federal government supply of money will dry up and states will have to deal with a big cut in one of their largest sources of funds.