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It's All About the States

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Progressives need to build the infrastructure and the foundation at the state level to lay the groundwork for policy wins -- now is the time to dig deeper into the states. We must make progress now and over the long-term to help families make ends meet.

The Unsung Heroes of Climate Change

Libby Ferguson | Posted 12.05.2016 | Green
Libby Ferguson

With eyes turned in anticipation toward the negotiation halls and what national leaders will deliver, the unsung heroes of the low carbon revolution continue to move forward faster, bolder and more ambitious than before.

State Legislators School Washington in How to Govern

Rep. Jennifer Williamson | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jennifer Williamson

As two outsiders to Washington, we thought we could offer some advice to Congress on how to get things done. We are legislators from Portland, Oregon and Jamestown, North Dakota, and let's just say, we govern very differently out in the states.

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...

Struggling States Look To Charities For Welfare Help

Posted 08.10.2012 | Business

Faced with tight budgets and needy residents, state governments are increasingly turning to third parties like charities to keep their funding commitm...

In The Public Interest : States Make Spending More Transparent, but Some Far Ahead of Others

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

Transparency in government expenditures promotes fiscal responsibility, checks corruption, and bolsters public confidence in government. We need more of it.

Jordan Howard

State Lawmakers' Unwillingness To Raise Fuel Taxes Costing States Revenue | Jordan Howard | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic policy, a non-profit and non-partisan research organization based in Washington, ...

Alice Hines

The Tax Hike Both Parties Support | Alice Hines | Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

State governments, pushed to the brink of default, may finally get their way in a battle with At a congressional hearing Wednesday, repres...

States That Spend The Most (And Least) On Healthcare For The Poor

24/7 Wall St. | Michael Sauter, Douglas A. McIntyre and Charles Stockdale | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business

The federal and state governments spend approximately $5,296 a year on medical treatment for each poor and disabled person on Medicaid. Over 58 millio...

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...

State Budget Crisis: 46 States Facing 'Greek-Style Deficits' | Edward Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as the U.S. appears to be on the mend -- gross domestic product has climbed three straight quarters -- finances in Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey,...

Sam Stein

Two-Thirds Of States Would Offer Public Option: CBO | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that roughly 33 states -- or two out of every three -- would offer a national, government-run insurance opti...

Saving the Economy Requires a Mix of Medicines

Rep. Steve Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Steve Israel

If the holiday season is getting too festive, sit with me at a House Appropriations Committee hearing with three State Governors about the effect of the economy on state and local budgets.

Sam Stein

Obama Stimulus Plan Shared In Gibbs Interview | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Robert Gibbs, Obama's designated press secretary, conducted a short radio interview on Sunday, in which he insisted that any forthcoming stimulus pack...

No Rear-View Mirrors: Managing the Economic Crisis

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lance Simmens

This is not just smart politics, it is smart policy. Obama realizes he needs broad support for the hard choices that need to be made, and he is going about securing that support.