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Ailing States Face Bleak Outlook For Next Fiscal Year

Washington Post | Keith B. Richburg and Ashley Surdin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As states across the country grapple with the worst economy in decades, most have cut services, forced workers to take unpaid days off, shut offices s...

Stimulus Cash Lifts States, Localities

usatoday.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A huge influx of federal stimulus money to state and local governments more than offset a sharp drop in tax collections, helping to put the brakes on ...

States Forced to Cut Services to the Bone: The Opportunity Cost of the Bank Bailout

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

Reading about the huge budget cuts almost every state in the country is being forced to make quickly puts the $4.7 trillion we have pumped into the financial sector into perspective, and leaves us pondering: what else we could have done with that money?

Federal Stimulus Helped States Plug Budgets: Govs

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BILOXI, Miss. — A bipartisan group of governors said Saturday that the federal stimulus package helped states avoid deep budget cuts during the ...

Suffering in El Centro: Cigars in Sacramento

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ann Pettifor

California's economy is in free fall. This appears to be of little concern to Governor Schwarzenegger, who instead prefers to focus his energy, attention and political capital on the ballooning state budget.

Cash-Strapped States Cut Prison Sentences To Save

washingtonpost.com | Keith B. Richburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK Cash-strapped states are increasingly turning to alternative sentencing methods and to streamlined probation and parole as a way to keep low-...

The 10 States With The Worst Budget Shortfalls

ABC News | Scott Mayerowitz and Nathalie Tadena | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The economic problems of American families are now pounding many state governments which are in turn slashing services to balance their budgets in one...

Three Reasons We Need an Economic Wake Up Call

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Several events of the past week should be a wake-up call to the Obama administration. The bottom line: the medicine isn't working. Stronger stuff is needed.

California Budget Squabbling: Schwarzenegger 'Broke' The Budget, He 'Should Fix It'

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's controller will start paying many of the state's bills with IOUs as soon as Thursday after lawmakers failed to clos...

California Misses Deadline, May Now Have To Issue IOUs

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — States from coast to coast began a new fiscal year Wednesday with no budget plans and with cash quickly running out, sendin...

States Resorting To Extreme Measures In Budget Crisis

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Hawaii, state employees are bracing for furloughs of three days a month over the next two years, the equivalent of a 14 percent pay cut. In Idaho, ...

State Budgets: Times Are Tough All Over

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan J. Demas

When we're taxing candy, brothels and pot, we know our states are having difficulty balancing the budget.

States Look To Tobacco Tax To Balance The Budget

New York Times | SHAILA DEWAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Mississippi's tax on cigarettes, at 18 cents a pack the nation's third-lowest, has not been raised since 1985. Gov. Haley Barbour, a former tobacco l...

Storms Wipe Out Utilities, States Rethinking Budgets

Wall Street Journal | REBECCA SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A winter storm that knocked out power to more than 1.3 million homes and businesses from Arkansas to Ohio is likely to increase state inquiries into u...

The Traffic of Pay-to-Play Politics

Monica Youn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monica Youn

The Bush Administration's DOT succeeded in knocking a sizeable hole in Illinois' ban on pay-to-play deals that the state Senate had attempted to pass in the wake of the Blagojevich scandal.

California Out Of Cash, Readies IOUs

Sacramento Bee | Steve Wiegand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

State Controller John Chiang warned Tuesday that the first group to get hit in the wallet by California's budget debacle is likely to include legisla...

Schools Facing Big Budget Bust: Opportunity for Overhaul?

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

While far from easy, states with courageous governors could use this crisis to make a radical change: cut the budget by 10% and send the money directly to schools.

Many States Appear To Be In A Recession

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The finances of many states have deteriorated so badly that they appear to be in a recession, regardless of whether that's true for the nation as a wh...

Report: Prison-Packing Politics A National Disaster

Lecia Shorter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lecia Shorter

The costs of citizen incarceration and prison spending have skyrocketed and recidivism remains high. At last, policymakers are questioning the wisdom of tough-on-crime campaign rhetoric.

Neediest Hit Hardest By State Budget Cuts

Washington Post | Keith B. Richburg, Ashley Surdin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In California's San Fernando Valley, Everardo Orozco, 53, who has AIDS, exhausted his medical benefits and can no longer afford the drugs that are kee...