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Recovery No Help For Many Laid-Off Government Employees

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

By Lisa Lambert April 8 (Reuters) - Since 2009, the city of Chesapeake, tucked up against the Great Dismal Swamp in southern Virginia,...

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Caitlin Ginley, iWatch NewsThe tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics.In Georgia, more than 650 government e...

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.

Just 6 Percent of College Students Want To Work In Government: Poll

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

The public sector, the part of the economy experiencing cuts at every level, may soon be facing a staffing crisis of sorts. Just 6 percent of stud...

Government Accounted For Nearly A Third Of All Layoffs In 2011: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

For government workers and financial sector employees, last year was a particularly bad one -- and 2012 likely won't be much better. More jobs were...

Both Public And Private Sector Wages Barely Grew Over Twelve Months

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Whether you work for the government or the private sector, it's likely your salary didn't go up much in 2011, but federal workers saw their wages grow...

Immigration Law Free-for-All

Andy Schupak | Posted 02.18.2012 | World
Andy Schupak

I recently interviewed Harry DeMell, an immigration lawyer and member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, about states taking immigration...

The Real Reason for a Voter's Photo ID

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

Recently, Governor Corbett has endorsed legislation which would require every Pennsylvanian to present photo ID each time they voted -- regardless of how long they had been voting at their poll.

Public Sector Losing Jobs At Same Rate Private Sector Adding Them

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.03.2012 | Business

When it comes to an economy trying to right itself, if it's not one thing, it's another. Even as the economy seems to be moving -- slowly -- in the...

Americans Guess Over Half Of Federal Tax Dollars Are Wasted: Gallup

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Never in recorded history have Americans been more distrustful of how the U.S. government spends its money. According to a new Gallup poll, Americ...

S&P Threatens To Downgrade State And Local Governments

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

Standard and Poor's decision to downgrade the United States' sovereign credit rating has already sent shock waves through the stock market and worsene...

S&P Downgrades Fannie And Freddie

AP | DANIEL WAGNER and DEREK KRAVITZ | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Monday downgraded the credit ratings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and other entities linked ...

State, Local Governments Could Face Larger Layoffs Next Year, Report Says

Posted 07.23.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Joan Gralla) - Around 450,000 people who work for U.S. states, counties, cities, towns and villages could get pink slips in fiscal 2012, s...

State, Local Governments Cut Jobs At Accelerated Pace In February

Wall Street Journal | SARA MURRAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

State and local governments, aiming to reduce their budget deficits, cut jobs at an accelerating pace in February....

States Need Innovation Not Bankruptcy

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

While it is tempting for Washington to lecture the state governments, it would be far better for our national leaders to work with states to address our mutual budget challenges.

A Great Government Investment

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

With all the talk about cutting budgets, the federal, state and local governments should invest more in an activity with a terrific ROI - aggressively...

Sell Local?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Local and state finances receive very little national attention. Across the most recent economic crisis, local government finances have taken an epic battering. How bad is it? Bad.

States Poised to Make the Decisions of a Decade

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

With the midterm over all eyes will soon turn to state capitols for redistricting decisions that will likely echo out for a decade to come.

Aspen Dispatch: Measuring for Success

Steve Rohleder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Rohleder

I recently did a session at the Aspen Institute's Business and Society forum in NYC, with David Walker, former head of the GAO who is now leading a ne...

Hold Off On The Retirement Parties

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(This post has been updated.) In response to the massive pension obligations owed to soon-to-retire baby boomers, at least 10 states have voted to ...

I Am Being Lied To. Again.

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ivan Katz

Every now and then I get a newsletter/propaganda piece from my state senator. For the better part of two decades, Toni Harp has been lauded and honor...

The Unemployment Extension Depends Just as Much on the States as on the White House

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Adkins

Despite encouraging signs of growth in the economy the unemployment crisis is going to be with us for a long time to come. It has left states caught in a vice between plummeting revenues and rising needs.

Movement Advocating State's Rights Must be Approached with Caution, Wisdom and a Good Memory

Pat Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pat Williams

The current anti-federal mongering, particularly by the Far Right, is not only wrong-headed, it is dangerous. And it threatens to upset the balance between our state and federal governments.

States Can Pick Up the Stimulus Slack

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

States can't do traditional deficit spending. But they can do precisely what we need most: put bond measures on ballots that would create capacity-building, capital projects and put people to work.

The States of the Union

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

Our national response to the current crisis depends on having strong state partners at the table. We may have reached the backside of the Great Recession but the state fiscal crisis still lies ahead.