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10 States With Enormous Debt Problems

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business

Aug 28 (Reuters) - America's 50 state governments owe $4.19 trillion, including outstanding bonds, unfunded pension commitments and budget gaps, acc...

States Raise Fines And Fees To Avoid Tax Increases

Associated Press | David Klepper and Brian Witte | Posted 09.23.2011 | Business

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) -- Twenty dollars for a parking place wasn't going to ruin Ellen Majka's day at the beach. But she was still taken aback when ...

NJ Politician On Chris Christie: 'I Want To Punch Him In His Head'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics

Chris Christie probably won't be invited to this lawmaker's 4th of July barbecue. New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney slammed the governor...

State Tax Revenues Rise For The Third Straight Quarter

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — State tax revenues rose over the summer for the third straight quarter, giving a much-needed boost to beleaguered government budgets. ...

Amanda Terkel

Against His Own Order, Pawlenty Directs State Minnesota To Apply For Federal Health Care Grants

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sam Stein contributed to this report. Although Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at keeping the Patient Pro...

Daley Says If City Took Financial Advice From State, 'We'd Be Bankrupt'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley does not appreciate criticism--whether it's coming from the media, Democrats or Republicans. On Tuesday, he made this abun...

State Budget Crisis: 46 States Facing 'Greek-Style Deficits'

bloomberg.com | 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,...

Nobody's Puppet

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Corporations and the extraordinarily wealthy have too much control over our government and over our society. We need to stand up and fight back. And that's why I'm running for Congress.

Albany Update: Dummies in the Doldrums

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

There's nothing New Yorkers like better than a long conversation about what's up in Albany. Take a deep breath. Just for a minute, let's review where we're at.

Nectar of the Clods

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The fight over the budget in Albany is impossible to explain, and even if I tried to do so, it would just make you feel terrible about New York's wretched politics. So let's stick to the question of selling wine in grocery stores.

The F Word: CA Banks: Who Are They Working For?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Does it seem right to you that a state's ability to stay afloat should be the stuff of secretive betting pools? That's just what's happening. While st...

Chicago Police Officers To Patrol Expressways? State Police Layoffs Could Spread CPD (More) Thin

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The state's budget woes could cause the already understaffed Chicago Police Department to be spread even more thin. As Illinois State Police face layo...

If New York State Was a Country, Would It Be Greece or Iceland?

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

Once again, the state has no budget. The problem? There's nobody to be afraid of. New York is not a place that operates on rational debate or planning. Power comes from two things: money and fear. Right now we don't have either.

Pat Quinn Starts Website, Wants Illinoisans Advice On Fixing The State's Nasty Budget Problems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With the state's finances in shambles and an election year upon us, Gov. Pat Quinn did something politicians rarely do when it comes to managing money...

Ritter's Budget Options Rapidly Being Exhausted

The Denver Post | Tim Hoover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Gov. Bill Ritter's office on Wednesday will reveal its plans to rebalance the state budget, likely meaning more cuts to state programs. The planned c...

Open Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chantal Sicile-Kira

I can't afford to volunteer for the community anymore. Got to spend every free moment earning money or taking care of my mom and son.