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...
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 &...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
The $85.9 billion spending plan does not include...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
So-called right-to-work bills that would allow workers to...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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"...