state budgets

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It works like this: No state should permit private probation companies without clear rules guiding their behavior. Legislatures
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More and more states are now contending with budgetary shortfalls. Why is it that state governments find it so hard to live within their means?
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If I had a dollar for every time one of my Republican colleagues have said, "federal money is not free money," I think I would be able to single-handily help reduce the national debt
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Steep Tax Cuts Endanger School Funding, in Kansas and Elsewhere Georgia Considers Misguided Tax Cuts West Virginia's shortfall
Chicago
We must see these realities clearly. There is still time to restore at least a measure of life-saving services that will
Education
In a room of college and university presidents recently, there was only one topic: what would the impact of Illinois' failed
Chicago
Illinois's former Governor Edgar had it right months ago. Edgar characterized current Governor Rauner's refusal to negotiate a budget until he wins concessions on his ideological policy agenda as "hostage taking."
Politics
Pope Francis's visit to a Philadelphia prison this weekend will serve as a reminder of the heavy cost of today's high incarceration levels for families, neighborhoods and states.
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Federal Medicaid funding -- which makes up close to half of federal aid to states -- will rise in coming years, partly due to health reform's coverage expansions. But federal support for most other state and local activities will likely continue shrinking.
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On Monday I heard from Illinoisans who are struggling to make ends meet. They work hard every day, but Governor Bruce Rauner's ruthless budget policies are making their lives even harder. As the Governor holds the budget hostage, Illinoisans are paying the price.
Miami
One of the great advantages of the universe as well as one of its biggest problems is that everything is connected to something. From the forces that act on the tiniest subatomic particle to the most massive of planets, nothing works apart from everything. Nothing exists entirely within a vacuum, completely unaffected by anything around it.
Education
The budget outlook for Louisiana State University is so dire that its main campus is drafting a financial exigency plan--the university equivalent of bankruptcy. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's current budget slashes statewide higher education funding by 82 percent.
Education
It is some sort of amazing Jedi mind trick -- citizens and taxpayers are looking right past the causes of schools' financial problems and deciding to blame it all on local school boards.
Chicago
Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.
Politics
Gov. Bill Walker says Alaska will tap its savings and cut budgets to get through low oil prices, but in an interview on the eve of next legislative session he was unwilling to call the state's multibillion-dollar deficits a "crisis."
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Budget Blues Many newly elected and re-elected Republican governors stormed into office pledging to cut taxes.  Now, in the
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If state budget trends reflect the country's policy priorities, then the U.S. currently values prisoners over children, a
Politics
The savings from criminal justice reforms wouldn't fully finance the increased education investments needed, partly because states will likely spend much of the savings elsewhere. But reordering state priorities away from maintaining large prison populations and toward investing in human capital will pay off over the long term.
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Fairs offer a nostalgic, week-long escape filled with freakish foods and a sense of community that hearkens back to a different time. But their future is uncertain, especially in states that already can't pay for things such as education and government pensions.
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ITFA was enacted in 1998 with strong bipartisan support, and it has always included a "grandfather clause" that allowed states and localities that were taxing Internet access to keep doing so. Despite its long history, there's widespread misunderstanding about the grandfather clause in the current debate about renewing ITFA.