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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...

Protect the American Union by Supporting Public Schools

John H. Jackson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

For the United States to be a global leader in postsecondary education by 2020, it will take a higher level of accountability from teachers, parents, our youth and policymakers to maintain our Union.

The Irrationality of Regressive Budget Cuts

James K. Galbraith | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
James K. Galbraith

Where is the goal of improving our economy? Or the living standards of our people? It is nowhere to be seen in the rush to achieve things which are driven by some metaphysical notions that have become attached to accounting concepts.

Revenue Sharing for the States: How It Works, Why We Need It, and Why Nixon Liked It

Marshall Auerback | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business
Marshall Auerback

Our policymakers continue to believe that they must first 'get credit flowing again' to restore output and employment. Unfortunately the reverse is the case.

Governor Scott One Step Closer to Handing Medicaid Over to For-Profit HMOs

Rep. Ted Deutch | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Rep. Ted Deutch

This reckless privatization plan endangers billions of dollars in annual federal Medicaid funding for Florida, posing tremendous long-term risk to taxpayers.

Illinois CEO Warns He May Leave State In Response To Corporate Tax Hikes

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business

Across the midwest, public workers have protested proposed cuts to benefits, pay, and collective bargaining rights. But in Illinois, one chief executi...

States Begin To Cut Aid For Cities As Budget Woes Mount

nytimes.com | MICHAEL COOPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The cuts are widespread. Ohio plans to slash aid to Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and other cities and local governments by more than a half-billion...

In The Public Interest: States Must Make It Easy to Track Spending on Contracts and Subsidies

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

"Red" states and "Blue" states have both embraced spending transparency. The ranks of leading states are split roughly equally between those that voted Democratic and those that voted Republican.

The States With The Strongest & Weakest Unions

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The size of American labor unions has fallen sharply in the last decade. Much of this has to do with the erosion of the US manufacturing base. The sin...

Didn't Like the Stimulus? You Might Hate It When It's Gone

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

To people across the country who live in states in crisis, and who were sheltered from the full impact of economic downturn in the last two years, the stimulus should be looking pretty good right about now.

Even Affluent School Districts Face Teacher Cuts

nytimes.com | LOUIS UCHITELLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Across the country, elected officials in privileged communities are caught between a fervor to hold down taxes and a fervor to maintain good schools, ...

The 16 States That Are Killing Their Pensions

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For decades, public employees have had pension plans identical to those provided by most large American companies. These are defined benefit plans tha...

Today's Heroes: The Wisconsin 14

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Gov. Walker may be sending them $100-a-day fines and arrest warrants, but take a look at some Facebook and phone messages real people are sending the brave Wisconsin 14.

State Budget Woes Unlikely To Be Fixed In Washington

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as widening state budget deficits are becoming a potential stumbling block for economic recovery, Federal assistance seems unlikely. With Washin...

Wisconsin and the GOP's War on the Middle Class

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

In a post about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's bid to strip public employee unions of collective bargainingVan Jones wrote: If a foreign powe...

Why Americans Need Unions Now More Than Ever

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The last thirty years shows conclusively that the "competitive market" -- absent collective bargaining -- simply does not assure that everyday employees share in the fruits of increased productivity or economic growth.

Zach Carter

Wisconsin's Pension Fund Among Nation's Healthiest

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has painted a dire picture of his state's pension obligations, Wisconsin's pension fund for public...

Obama's Half Measures Won't Save the States

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marshall Auerback

Obama's proposed aid for state unemployment insurance programs may well prevent things from getting worse, but it will not generate significant gains in employment or the condition of state finances.

Paying for the Crimes of Others

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rev. Al Sharpton

As states and municipalities across the nation face devastating budget shortfalls, the labor unions and workers that provide necessary services for us all are once again under attack.

States Should Follow Federal Example on Pensions and Health Care Costs

Larry Hirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

With skyrocketing pension costs the primary economic threat to many states, it is obvious that there needs to be reform. A primary working example are Federal Employee benefits.

State's Budgets: You Don't Know the Worst

Mark Muro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Muro

States need to make the sound policy decisions necessary to putting their fiscal house back in order, or prolong over many years a world of hurt.

Texas Governor Rails Against 'Bailouts,' But Uses Stimulus To Prop Up Budget

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The nation's states face budget strains -- even one that says it doesn't. Texas filled nearly 97 percent of its shortfall last year with Federal st...

New York's State Deficit Problem Solved: EBAY

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

New York has the solution to the deficit problem: EBAY. The Daily News reported that the government made "$1.3 million last year by selling its unwan...

The Real Job Killers? State Budget Crises

June Carbone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
June Carbone

The token fight to repeal health care is a distraction from the job demolition derby underway in the states as a direct result of federal cutbacks.

AP: Year Ahead Looms As Toughest Yet For State Budgets

AP | JUDY LIN and SHANNON McCAFFREY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If 2011 is hinting at a national recovery, there is little sign of it in statehouses across the country. States that alrea...