Skip to comments.State Budget Outlook Better but Not as Good as Before
Posted on 01/31/2013 7:16:01 PM PST by PieterCasparzen
When legislators return to their statehouses, the usual suspects of concern will be waiting for themand some new areas that have been waiting in the wings will rear their heads as well.
States face looming fiscal problems in Medicaid, public pensions and budget gaps, as well as unemployment issuesboth in the number of unemployed people who wont receive benefits after federal extensions end and continued unemployment trust fund insolvency. That doesnt even touch the problems of funding the everyday services constituents have come to expect.
A lot of state budget officers are concerned that we will have growth, which is good, but over the next 10 years, the growth will be below normal, said Scott Pattison, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers.
Current spending levels, he said, are about where states were in 2007 before the Great Recession. Most economists thought states pre-recession spending levels would return in 2014.
Were coming back to pre-recession spending about a year before we thought, Pattison said.
While thats good news, the total economic fallout from how the federal government deals with the fiscal cliff could impact states bottom lines in the year ahead. The cuts are a concern, Pattison said, but the overall hit to the economy would affect states even more.
(Excerpt) Read more at csg.org ...
The Council of State Governments, founded in 1933 with generous donations from the Spelman fund, part of the Rockefeller network of foundations, is on the job.
They form sort of an "informal" government-like organization (tax exempt, of course) to help ramrod bills through the State legislatures, so we won't waste any time shuffling off towards globalism. After all, why single-thread your desired bill through 50 States individually, when these guys have the infrastructure in place to do all 50 in parallel ? Now that's multi-processing.
The article shows what they have on the agenda for 2013.
Oh, and if you're a die-hard Republican, don't worry, this is the left-leaning flavor, which is endowed by the Rockefellers but lives off their investment income as well as the typical fundraising now; but there is a corresponding right-leaning operation, ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, that was put together by conservatives in 1973 to balance things out. Not bad, only took the conservatives 40 years to catch up. This way, every person can make their own free will choice of which path they choose to shuffle down on their way to new world order; there's a left path and a right path, so everyone can be accomodated, and feel that the really have their own personal approach to new world order.
Don't forget, if you happen to be of some means and need to get something done in all the State legislatures, now you know where to go - and the service comes in two great flavors !
I’m pinging my list, but be sure to not tell ANYONE in the news media.
We wouldn’t want anyone in the news media to lose their job by accidentally letting this story make it into a news cycle.
Thanks for the post and comment. I did not know that. The “laboratories of democracy” are the stomping grounds of socialists.
Lots of disturbing information in their publication. I’m surprised that pgs 42-45 show the greatness of capitalism (small business) at its finest...