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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 | 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 | 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.

The Inevitable Failure of "Sales Tax Only" State Revenue Plans

Duncan Quirk | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics
Duncan Quirk

Putting aside the debates between the effectiveness supply-side economics and whether an increase in sales tax would disproportionately negatively impact the poor, state sales tax only plans cannot make up for the lost revenue under current laws. The reason?

John Celock

States Ask Feds To End 'Uncertainty' | John Celock | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling for an end to "uncertainty" from the federal government, along with greater flexibility for state governments, the leaders of th...

Mentally Ill Cycle Through Dysfunctional System

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business

(Repeats story moved Dec 29 without changes to headline or text) * State mental health budgets slashed since 2009 * 11 ...

John Celock

Federal 'Uncertainty' Complicates State Fiscal Picture | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Increased health care spending and uncertainty from the federal government over spending has complicated the fiscal picture for states a...

Bruised States Take Step In Right Direction, Still Face Difficulties

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Most U.S. states reached a plateau of fiscal stability in 2012 as their revenues slowly grew, but they still face threats from escalating costs, high ...

Worst Run States In America

24/7 Wall St. | Douglas A. McIntyre, Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: How well run are America’s 50 states? The answer depends a lot on where you live. For the second year, 24/7 Wall St. has revi...

Michigan Voters Send Message to Nation: No Means No!

Bob Williams | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Bob Williams

The lesson from the Michigan election this year to fiscal rights advocates all over America is that effective popular control over taxing and spending is possible, but it requires continuous, ongoing voter education and sustained effort to boost turnout.

Back From the Vomitorium: The Looting of the Mortgage Settlement Agreement

Adam Levin | Posted 12.25.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

Politicians, not bankers, are the culprits this time around -- siphoning billions from that historic settlement and pumping it into their broken state budgets.

Americans Babies Born Into More Than $13,000 Of Debt

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 10.02.2012 | Money

To every proud new parent, your bundle of joy already owes more than $13,000. Babies born today arrive in the red when it comes to state debt, a new r...

Poor People Paying Double The Tax Rate Of The Rich

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney may be almost right in claiming that 47 percent of Americans "pay no income tax," but the poorest American...

Decades of Increased State Spending on Public Education Yield Scant Results

Bob Williams | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Bob Williams

Despite pumping billions of dollars into public schools for more than 40 years, the most recent data show a public education system that cannot turn money alone into positive results.

Run Your State Like Your Ranch

Gov. Brian Schweitzer | Posted 10.07.2012 | Impact
Gov. Brian Schweitzer

In Montana, we've been able to cut taxes, invest in education and infrastructure and keep essential services intact. How do we accomplish what most states and the federal government cannot?

John Celock

State Lawmakers Group Has Some Upbeat News | John Celock | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Contrary to the dire fiscal report released by the State Budget Crisis Task Force in July, the National Conference of State Legislatures is...

States' 'Slow And Uneven' Recovery

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business

Aug 7 (Reuters) - Their revenues are improving and their budget shortfalls are disappearing, but U.S. states face both domestic and international ec...

The Real Pension Crisis

Bob Williams | Posted 09.23.2012 | Money
Bob Williams

A new report shows that the public pension picture is much grimmer than official numbers projected. Drastic reforms, innovations and political courage are needed to put our states and municipalities back on the path to fiscal survival.

John Celock

Top Gov Sees Benefits To State Fiscal Report | John Celock | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

A report released Tuesday shows that states face up to $4 trillion in unfunded liabilities and a host of other fiscal problems. Delaware Gov. Jack ...