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How Private Probation Perpetuates Debtors' Prisons

Malik Yoba | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Malik Yoba

There might be an industry more appalling than the payday lenders who trap low-income Americans into high-interest loans they know can never be repaid...

Budgeting for Outcomes

Bob Williams | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
Bob Williams

More and more states are now contending with budgetary shortfalls. Why is it that state governments find it so hard to live within their means?

The Big Myth of Small Government in Red States

Capri S. Cafaro | Posted 04.14.2016 | Home
Capri S. Cafaro

If I had a dollar for every time one of my Republican colleagues have said, "federal money is not free money," I think I would be able to single-handily help reduce the national debt

Short-Sighted Tax Cuts Hurting Energy States

Erica Williams | Posted 02.29.2016 | Home
Erica Williams

The severe financial problems confronting states that rely heavily on revenues from oil, natural gas, and other energy sources would be much less seri...

With No State Budget, Community Mental Health in Crisis

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.08.2017 | Chicago
Mona Shattell

Co-authored by Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW, chief executive officer at Turning Point, Skokie, IL and Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN, member of the Board ...

Why MAP Matters

Susan Henking | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
Susan Henking

In a room of college and university presidents recently, there was only one topic: what would the impact of Illinois' failed budget process be on high...

Time to End the Illinois Hostage Stand-Off

John Bouman | Posted 01.28.2017 | Chicago
John Bouman

Illinois's former Governor Edgar had it right months ago. Edgar characterized current Governor Rauner's refusal to negotiate a budget until he wins concessions on his ideological policy agenda as "hostage taking."

Pope's Prison Visit Highlights High Cost Of Mass Incarceration

Michael Mitchell | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Michael Mitchell

Pope Francis's visit to a Philadelphia prison this weekend will serve as a reminder of the heavy cost of today's high incarceration levels for families, neighborhoods and states.

Federal Support for Most State and Local Programs Headed to 50-Year Low

Michael Leachman | Posted 09.24.2016 | Home
Michael Leachman

Federal Medicaid funding -- which makes up close to half of federal aid to states -- will rise in coming years, partly due to health reform's coverage expansions. But federal support for most other state and local activities will likely continue shrinking.

Moral Mondays in Chicago, Speaking Out Against the Rauner Budget

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

On Monday I heard from Illinoisans who are struggling to make ends meet. They work hard every day, but Governor Bruce Rauner's ruthless budget policies are making their lives even harder. As the Governor holds the budget hostage, Illinoisans are paying the price.

6 Degrees of Health Care Is No Idle Game

Gary Stein | Posted 06.15.2016 | 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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.