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    Budget & Taxes – State Net, September 6th, 2011

    IRENE COULD BE ONE OF NATION'S COSTLIEST DISASTERS: In the few days that Hurricane Irene lashed the East coast, it flooded cotton and tobacco crops in North Carolina, disrupted shellfish harvesting in the Chesapeake Bay, prevented commuters...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, August 22nd, 2011

    FEARS GROWING ABOUT 'DOUBLE DIP': With revenues inching up in recent months, it was finally starting to look like states were leaving their recession troubles behind them. Until a few weeks ago. The downgrading of U.S. debt by Standard &...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, August 15th, 2011

    DEBT DEAL MAY NOT BE SO BAD FOR STATES AFTER ALL: When the deal was struck last month raising the federal debt ceiling by $2.7 trillion and lowering the deficit by the same amount, states responded with a mixture of relief and dread. But the huge...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, August 8th, 2011

    HEALTH REFORM COST ANALYSIS SPURS DUELING REVIEWS: Last month, the peer-reviewed health policy journal Health Affairs published an article examining the outlook for national health care spending through 2020. The article, which was based on analysis...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, August 1st, 2011

    STATES SHIFTING VETS' MEDICAID COSTS: Several years ago, the state of Washington came up with a clever idea to save money on Medicaid: shift veterans from its Medicaid rolls to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs'. Using a federal...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, July 18th, 2011

    AL CUTS MEDICAID COSTS BY CHECKING RECEIPTS: A few years ago Alabama's Medicaid director, Carol Steckel, spurred by lawsuits revealing that drug manufacturers had been publishing artificially high prices, began working on a new way to set drug...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, July 11th, 2011

    MINNESOTA SHUTDOWN CONTINUES: Minnesota marked the seventh day of its government shutdown last Thursday with a downgrading of its AAA bond rating by Fitch Ratings. Fitch mentioned the state's ongoing budget impasse as one of the reasons for...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, July 5th, 2011

    BROWN REACHES BUDGET DEAL WITH DEMS: After abandoning negotiations with Republican lawmakers, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) struck a budget deal last week with Democratic legislative leaders. The $85.9 billion spending plan does not include...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, June 20th, 2011

    BROWN VETOES CA BUDGET: California lawmakers passed a state budget last Wednesday, beating the state's constitutional deadline for the first time in years. But Gov. Jerry Brown (D) wasted little time himself in vetoing the spending plan, SB...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, June 13th, 2011

    COURTS COMPLICATING BUDGET PROCESS: State budgets are usually hammered out by governors and legislators. But lately, judges have also been playing a key role in the process. In a number of states, the courts have been finding that in their struggle...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, June 6th, 2011

    PROSTITUTION FALLS SHORT OF LEGITIMACY IN NV: Nevada is the only state where prostitution is legal. But its relationship with the industry isn't entirely cozy. For one thing, prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas and Reno. For another, the state...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, May 23rd, 2011

    STATES AT EDGE OF WOODS: State tax collections, which saw their longest and steepest decline on record during the recession, are continuing their steady rise. Michigan recently announced it would probably take in $429 million more than expected...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, May 16th, 2011

    GOP PUSHING FOR RIGHT-TO-WORK: A legislative season marked by efforts to curb union power is nearing its end in many states, but possibly not before further restrictions are imposed. So-called right-to-work bills that would allow workers to...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, May 9th, 2011

    FEDERAL RULE WOULD DISCOURAGE MEDICAID CUTS: The Obama administration has proposed a rule that would make it harder for states to cut Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals, and put pressure on some states to increase their rates, which are...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, May 2nd, 2011

    STATES CLAWING BACK BUSINESS INCENTIVES: Five years ago, Ohio gave YUSA Corp., an auto parts supplier in the city of Washington Court House, located about halfway between Cincinnati and Columbus, a $35,000 development grant, after the company pledged...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, April 18th, 2011

    FIVE BIG STATES PURSUING FIVE DIFFERENT BUDGET FIXES: The country's five most populous states - California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas - collectively account for about a third of total state spending nationwide, according to a report...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, April 11th, 2011

    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HEADED TOWARD SHUTDOWN: Early Friday morning, Congressional leaders still had not reached an agreement on the federal budget, and the federal government appeared destined for a midnight shutdown. When negotiations broke up...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, April 4th, 2011

    BUDGET TALKS BREAK DOWN IN CA: Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) abandoned his effort to reach a bipartisan deal on the state budget, stating in a late-afternoon press release that he was unable to accept all of the Republicans' many...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, March 21, 2011

    STATES NOT SWEATING FEDERAL SHUTDOWN THREAT - YET: The congressional budget impasse that has threatened to shut down much of the federal government for the second time this month has drawn only muted reaction from the state capitols - at least...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, March 14, 2011

    HIGH SPEED RAIL DEAD IN FL - FOR NOW: Last week, FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott (R) got his way on his effort to kill high-speed rail in the state. Scott formally declared last month that he was rejecting the $2.4 billion in federal funding for a high-speed...

    Budget & Taxes – State Net, March 7, 2011

    INTERNET GAMBLING PUSH SHIFTS TO STATES: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a measure last week (SB 490) that would have made his state the first in the country to legalize online gambling. The governor cited "significant concerns"...