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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

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

Federal Government Downsizing Slowing Economic Recovery

AP | BY TOM RAUM | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it – by default. Crippled by ...

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...

Circumcision Gets Caught Up In Budget Crisis

AP | By IVAN MORENO | Posted 08.24.2011 | Religion

DENVER -- A nationwide debate about circumcisions for newborn boys, combined with cash-strapped public health budgets, has Colorado taking sides with ...

Bernanke: State Governments Face 'Tough Decisions'

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — State and local governments will struggle with budget shortfalls even as the U.S. economy picks up speed, Federal Reserve Chairman ...

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'

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,...

Cash-Strapped State Governments Hike Traffic Fees

AP | DAISY NGUYEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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Sam Stein

Two-Thirds Of States Would Offer Public Option: CBO

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Sam Stein

Obama Stimulus Plan Shared In Gibbs Interview

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

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.