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A Closer Look at Gov. Christie's Unrealistic Budget Plan for New Jersey

Deborah Howlett | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Deborah Howlett

About that 10 percent income tax cut that Gov. Christie promised us last week ... don't start planning that dream vacation quite yet.

Janell Ross

California, Maryland Governors Call for Permanent Tax Hike On Wealthy | Janell Ross | Posted 01.24.2012 | Business

This week, a pair of governors called for something that just two years ago might have been politically untenable: permanent targeted state tax increa...

No Tax Hike For New York State

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 03.18.2012 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday tried to turn his annual budget address into a kickoff for taming Albany's status quo of politics an...

U.S. States Race To Build Casinos As They Scramble For Revenue

AP | By DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- A Malaysian company's plan to build a $4 billion convention center and big-time casino on the outskirts of New York City could be the bigg...

Over Two-Thirds Of Corporations Pay No Federal Corporate Income Tax

Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.10.2012 | Business

At a time when the federal government is starved for cash -- and facing layoffs and cuts in services across the board -- more and more corporations ar...

How to Cut the Budget and Improve Schools

Andrew Coulson | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
Andrew Coulson

Given that spending thousands of millions of additional dollars hasn't noticeably improved outcomes... why keep spending it? If we really care about children's education, the way to show it is by ensuring that every dollar we spend actually accomplishes something.

John Celock

Revenues Vary State-To-State | John Celock | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

New reports indicate that both Alabama and New York have seen revenue drops in recent years, while one state reports a jump and another reports holdin...

Amid Deficit Gloom, Several States Have Money To Spare

AP | By BECKY BOHRER | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

JUNEAU, Alaska -- The budget questions that sent Alaska lawmakers into special session this year had nothing to do with austerity measures or disagree...

California Budget Gap Could Be More Than Governor's Projections

Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

California's government could face a budget gap of up to $8 billion in its next fiscal year, substantially more than the $3.1 billion shortfall pr...

Accuracy Of Rhode Island Treasurer's Pension Math Challenged

East Providence Patch | Patrick Luce | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

The head of the Rhode Island firefighters' union accused General Treasurer Gina Raimondo of "cooking the books," lying to the General Assembly in an a...

States Struggle For Money, Political Will To Fix America's Failing Roads

AP | By CRISTINA SILVA and JOAN LOWY | Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

By CRISTINA SILVA and JOAN LOWY, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Hoover Dam, one of the world's great engineering feats, is marred by ro...

Obama's Jobs Plan Splits State Leaders

AP | By DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- President Barack Obama's latest jobs plan calls for $130 billion in aid to state and local governments, providing either a welc...

Tyler Kingkade

State Revenue Slumps Worse Than The Great Depression | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the current economic downturn is often referred to as the worst since the Great Depression, today's conditions are by some measure...

A Way Toward Balancing Government Budgets While Promoting Justice: Break Our Addiction to Incarceration

Vanita Gupta | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

The financial crisis has created an unprecedented "interest convergence" -- an opportunity to ally with unlikely allies to advocate for and enact reforms to stem prison growth and spending.

Prison Chaplains A Common Victim Of State Budget Cuts

Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion

By Yonat Shimron and Adelle M. Banks c. 2011 Religion News Service RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) In the two months since North Carolina's legislature laid o...

Paying With Fire: Cash-Strapped States Turn To Firefighting Fees

AP | By DON THOMPSON and JEFF BARNARD | Posted 09.21.2011 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The wildfire season in California has been tame so far, but that isn't stopping lawmakers from trying to make sure the cash-stra...

Debt Ceiling Crisis Threatens States

AP | By BRIAN WITTE | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Virginia's governor is livid that his famously tight-fisted state could face higher borrowing costs to build roads and schools. Mary...

Back To Work! Minnesota Once Again Open For Business

AP | By MARTIGA LOHN | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's government is reopening for business after a nearly three-week shutdown closed state parks, laid off some 22,000 public...

Minnesota Government Shutdown Ends

AP | MARTIGA LOHN | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota's state government shutdown ended Wednesday after 20 days, millions in lost revenue and frustration on the part of r...

Minnesota Government Shutdown Deal Pushes Budget Problems Down The Road

AP | MARTIGA LOHN and AMY FORLITI | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The abrupt agreement on a budget deal to end Minnesota's government shutdown, in which Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton dropped his...

Cash-Strapped States Turn To Budget Cuts Over Higher Taxes To Patch Shortfalls

The Wall Street Journal | Leslie Eaton And Kris Maher | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

Forty-six states began a new fiscal year Friday after lawmakers spent the spring hashing out budgets that largely avoid big tax increases in favor of ...

State Budgets: The Role of the Federal Government Is Increasingly Important

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.05.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The stock market crash that precipitated the early 2000s downturn was particularly tough on high-end wealth relative to the housing bust of the Great Recession. In the latter case, you hit a lot more people in the middle class, and it weighs dramatically on local revenues.

Broke Illinois Prisons Face Underwear Shortage

Posted 08.29.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' budget crisis is not news to anyone, and as politicians in Springfield argue about what to cut, the budgetary woes have begun to spill over ...

GOP Governors Fight To Cut Back Medicaid

Washington Post | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

Faced with severe budget problems, Republican governors are escalating their fight against federal rules requiring states to maintain current levels o...

Small Town America Pushes Back Against Cuts To Local Services

The Wall Street Journal | Kate Linebaugh | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

Around the country public officials are asking themselves similar questions. Plunging property-tax receipts and rising pension and health-care costs h...