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  • Scalpels Are For Doctors, Not Trillion Dollar Deficits

    02/09/2011 7:11:53 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-9-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    The (GOP proposed) cuts are nevertheless wide-ranging. According to the proposal, Republicans want to cut the following:-- $169 million from nuclear energy -- $593 million from the Internal Revenue Service -- $74 million from the FBI -- $379 million from NASAMore at Fox News I think the $379 million cut for NASA is supposed to be the set-aside for bribing Muslims. Also, $169 million for nuclear energy?!? That's just whats being cut...what is the number they get now? I don't want to are we spending so much on energy we don't really produce? At the risk of compromising...
  • Jeff Flake Defies GOP on Cuts (Votes 'NO' on budget cuts because they're not deep enough)

    02/09/2011 8:11:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/09/2011 | Andrew Stiles
    Following a contentious vote Tuesday night, the House Appropriations Committee will move forward with a GOP proposal to cut tens of billions in federal non-security spending for the remainder of the fiscal year (through September). The move puts Republicans one step closer to bringing a continuing resolution to the floor that will replace the one that expires on March 4. The 27-22 vote broke down by party, with two notable exceptions: GOP Reps. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) and Cynthia Lummis (R., Wyo.) joined with Democrats and voted ‘no’ in protest over cuts they viewed as insufficient. Republicans very nearly lost...
  • Dem lawmakers at odds over detailing possible cuts

    02/08/2011 12:43:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/8/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Sacramento - Democrats are divided over whether to reveal to the public exactly what might be cut from the state budget if voters do not approve tax increases and extensions to help close California's $25.4 billion deficit. Gov. Jerry Brown has challenged Republicans in the Legislature to put taxes on the ballot in an attempt to stave off what he says will be deeper budget cuts. But Brown so far has refused to tell people exactly what they would be deciding.He has said he does not want to appear to be threatening voters.The state Senate has requested that the Legislative...
  • Perry budget proposal coming with todays speech (Axes the Texas Historical Commission)

    02/08/2011 10:39:14 AM PST · by TXnMA · 24 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ( ^ | February 8, 2011, 06:59 AM | Jason embry
    Gov. Rick Perry will ask the Legislature on Tuesday to indefinitely suspend funding for four Texas agencies and consolidate the functions of dozens more as part of a sweeping budget plan that would make deep spending reductions across state government. Funding for the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts would be eliminated altogether...
  • Harry Reid Proves Glasses Don't Provide Vision

    02/04/2011 7:20:48 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-4-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Yeah, ok, he proved this YEARS ago...but I'm just sayin'... “We are happy to work with Republicans; we recognize that there has to be some long-term financial austerity,” Reid said. “We’re not burying our heads in the sand; we recognize we need to do some things,” he added. But he called a proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to cut this year’s federal budget by $32 billion “unworkable.” More at The Hill This is why people from Nevada can't be in charge of money. The deficit isn't some slot machine. A 32 billion dollar cut is...
  • Sen. Rand Paul offers amendment to exempt FAA from Davis-Bacon

    02/04/2011 10:51:06 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies ^ | 4 Feb 2011 | Press Release
    Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) Thrusday offered an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which would exempt FAA from Davis-Bacon restrictions concerning federal construction projects. This amendment was introduced in conjunction with Sen. Paul's proposed $500 billion in spending cuts, which he introduced last week. The amendment was voted down 42-55. Sen. Paul made the following statements on the Senate floor prior to the vote: "This amendment would prevent Davis-Bacon restrictions from inflating the cost of federal building projects in our country, to provide for the things that we want. We can build 20 percent to 30 percent more...
  • JOHN STOSSEL: I Can Balance the Budget

    02/03/2011 2:46:26 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 56 replies ^ | 3 Feb 2010 | John Stossel
    The Congressional Budget Office says the current year's budget deficit will be a record $1.5 trillion. It also says that over the next decade we're on track for annual deficits of "only" $768 billion. I suspect the CBO has hired Rosy Scenario to do the bookkeeping, but let's take that number at face value. I'm now going to balance the budget, with the help of some recent guests on my TV show. I'll begin with things I'm most eager to cut. Let's privatize air traffic control. Canada did it, and it works better. Then privatize Amtrak. Get rid of all...
  • Obama's Proposed $100 million Budget Cut

    02/01/2011 7:15:26 AM PST · by econjack · 7 replies
    Email ^ | Feb. 1, 2011 | Anon
    This is done by a college student to show how stupid Obama's $100 million "budget cut" really is. It's well done and can be viewed at:
  • Rep. Kevin Brady: $150 billion in budget slashes a start

    01/20/2011 7:30:44 AM PST · by jackspyder · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller / Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 20, 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    The federal workforce might first feel the wrath of the new GOP-run Houses budget cuts as a 10 percent reduction in the amount of government employees tops the list of $150 billion in slashes Congressman Kevin Brady, Texas Republican, is recommending. Bradys cuts would shrink the annual budget deficit by about 12.5 percent. In his Cut Unsustainable and Top-Heavy Spending (CUTS) Act of 2011, Brady pushes for a start to spending cuts in Washington. Recommendation for spending cuts include the 10 percent Washington workforce reduction, immediate cuts to the White House and congressional Budgets and the elimination of several obsolete...
  • Rick Scott grounds state planes, says drive or fly commercial

    01/07/2011 4:11:34 AM PST · by dawn53 · 68 replies
    St. Pete Times ^ | Friday, January 7, 2011 | Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
    TALLAHASSEE Gov. Rick Scott hit political turbulence Thursday as he tried to carry out a campaign promise to ditch the state's aircraft fleet to save money. One Cabinet member reacted with some dismay to criss-crossing the huge peninsula by car. Legislators questioned whether Scott has the authority to get rid of the aircraft pool on his own in a state capital known for inferior air service. Scott himself won't have to worry about travel: He owns a personal jet. For his first official road trip Thursday, a flight to Miami, he boarded his seven-passenger, twin-engine plane with a...
  • Mitch Danielss Next Hurdle (Cutting Indianas budget even further will be hard)

    11/18/2010 9:58:04 AM PST · by WebFocus · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2010 | Katrina Trinko
    Right after the 2008 general election, in which Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Indiana since Lyndon Johnson, Gov. Mitch Daniels decided it was the perfect time to stage a Republican comeback. His goal was to win a GOP majority in the state house of representatives, which had been Democrat-controlled since 2006. On Election Day this year, Daniels succeeded: The GOP gained a majority in the house and picked up enough seats in the state senate to give Republicans a supermajority. The careful planning begun in 2008 and intensified in 2009 by Daniels and other Indiana...
  • Slashing the state

    10/22/2010 3:16:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 21, 2010 | SALLY McNAMARA
    Britain's Conservative- led government inherited one of Europe's most debt-ridden economies. On Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne unveiled their plan to put the nation's fiscal "flat" in order. Their Comprehensive Spending Review pledges to eliminate Britain's structural deficit in this Parliament's lifetime. Unlike the French now rioting in the streets of Paris, the Brits are taking their fiscal medicine stoically. The CSR announces $127 billion (81 billion pounds) in cuts -- enough to slash government spending by nearly a fifth. With a few exceptions, the CSR represents a largely conservative agenda -- lowering government spending, cutting...
  • Broke UK government may cut 500,000 government jobs

    10/21/2010 6:45:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    BusinessDay ^ | 10/21/2010 | THOMAS PENNY and GONZALO VINA
    CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer George Osborne spelt out the deepest budget cuts yet in Britain yesterday, eliminating almost 500000 public-sector jobs and imposing a levy on banks to extract the maximum sustainable revenue. Todays the day when Britain steps back from the brink, Mr Osborne told MPs in the House of Commons as he outlined austerity plans to virtually eliminate a 156bn budget deficit. He said it was a day of rebuilding when we set out a four- year plan to put our public services and welfare state on a sustainable footing. At stake is Britains top credit rating, a...
  • The GOP governors who 'get it'

    08/03/2010 2:33:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies · 4+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 3, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    If you could boil down the public's lament with Washington, it might be: "What happened to the adults?" Not the adults of the Clark Clifford variety, the Washington fixtures who alternate between serving administrations and commenting on them sagely for PBS. But political leaders who make tough choices, take on problems directly and combine principle with pragmatism in a manner consistent with true statesmanship. President Obama promised to be this kind of leader. He has instead proved -- with a few exceptions -- to be the servant of a limited political faction. He has exacerbated the nation's fiscal crisis without...
  • Britain's military braced for sharp spending cuts

    08/01/2010 4:35:12 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 8/1/10 | DAVID STRINGER and SYLVIA HUI
    LONDON Tens of thousands of troops, a gleaming new aircraft carrier, one or more of the nuclear-armed submarines that guarantees Britain's place at the world's top table: Something has to give as the government looks to make sharp cuts to its defense budget as part of deficit-shredding austerity measures...
  • Oakland cops not coming unless crime is violent

    07/17/2010 10:55:41 AM PDT · by thecodont · 28 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Saturday, July 17, 2010 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Janelle La Chaux paid a visit to Oakland police headquarters Friday to fill out a crime report. She believed her former roommate on 31st Street had stolen her 22-inch flat-screen and she wanted to document the theft. "I could have called them when I was at the place where it happened, but I just decided to come down here because I don't want to wait," La Chaux, 30, said as she filled out a form in the lobby. "Sometimes I call them and it just takes a long, long time to come." Nowadays, police may not come at all. On...
  • House GOP sticks to spending cuts and earmark ban

    06/30/2010 3:34:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 29, 2010 | Abby Wisse Schachter
    House Republicans are sticking to their no earmarks pledge . In the 2011 homeland security spending bill, there is exactly one Republican earmark and seemingly in response, Democrat earmarks dropped dramatically as well. Essentially, the vacuum that was created by virtually no Republican earmarks wasn't backfilled by more Democratic earmarks, and in fact, Democrats actually took less than they did last year, said Steve Ellis, vice president at Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group. There is a fear of overstepping the earmarking bounds, and also a commitment to at least further whittling away at earmark levels. At the same...
  • RAF expects to cut some aircraft types

    06/24/2010 4:01:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 6/24/2010 | Craig Hoyle
    The Royal Air Force is likely to reduce the number of aircraft types that it operates as a direct result of the UK's ongoing Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), its senior officer says. "This is a time about real thinking, and of understanding our priorities," says , chief of the air staff. "Resource constraints mean that we simply won't be able to do everything." Outlining his vision for the service, Dalton says that its combat intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (Combat-ISTAR) mission should remain a "core competency and an invaluable capability for future operations". However, he says debate...
  • Nightmare! What's Spain's Brutal Austerity Budget Would Look Like Here

    05/13/2010 9:10:20 AM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 901+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-13-2010 | Gregory White
    Nightmare! What's Spain's Brutal Austerity Budget Would Look Like Here Gregory White May. 13, 2010, 11:55 AMSpain has launched an assault on its public sector, targeting profligate spending in an effort to trim its deficit. The moves, however, won't achieve much. According to Spanish economist Luis Riestra Delgado, the cuts only reduce spending by 1.5% of GDP. This is nothing compared to the aim of cutting the Spanish deficit from 12% of GDP today, to 3% by 2013. Portugal has also taken strong moves to fight its deficit and defend its place in the eurozone. These budget measures might soon...
  • Schwarzenegger Warns Of "Terrible Cuts, Absolutely Terrible Cuts" Coming In California

    05/12/2010 6:02:22 AM PDT · by blam · 72 replies · 1,825+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-12-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Schwarzenegger Warns Of "Terrible Cuts, Absolutely Terrible Cuts" Coming In California Joe Weisenthal May. 12, 2010, 8:49 AM More evidence that California is the new Greece. As the state grapples with a horrible budget situation, Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning of pain ahead. Specifically, according to the SacBee, Schwarzenegger press secretary Aaron McLear said: "What you can expect generally is no taxes and terrible cuts, absolutely terrible cuts... We're not going to get through the deficit we have without some really tough decisions and some really terrible cuts." This is going to get really ugly, and though California may stave off...
  • GLENN BECK TV THREAD! (15 April 2010)

    04/15/2010 1:30:08 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 93 replies · 1,159+ views
    Fox News/Saudia ^ | 15 April 2010 | Glenn Beck
    Welcome to the GLENN BECK television thread...Stand. Never give up. Never give in. We are another day closer to the 2010 elections. All Beckerheads, infidels, sick twisted freaks, ilks and lurkers are welcome and are encouraged to participate in the thread. Join us wont you!
  • Selfish state of the unions

    04/11/2010 3:35:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 560+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 11, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    New York state and city are drowning in red ink, but don't waste your breath telling it to government unions. They got theirs, and they'll do anything and everything to keep it. Gov. Paterson's plan to delay 4 percent raises so the state doesn't run out of cash is met with threats of lawsuits. Mayor Bloomberg's call for relatively modest spending cuts provokes warnings that the city will sink into the Hudson if a penny is subtracted from bloated budgets. The way organized labor sees it, sacrifice is for suckers. Let somebody else pay. There once was a time when...
  • [Louisiana] State Civil Service Commission may scrap plans for merit pay raises

    03/17/2010 6:14:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 1 replies · 213+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | Ed Anderson
    More than 60,000 state employees may not be getting merit pay raises in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The announcement came today in the form of a notice for a special meeting of the commission Friday at 9 a.m. to consider a proposal to suspend the authority for state agencies to grant merit pay raises in a budget year when money is scarce. The meeting will be held in the Claiborne Building's Lousiana Purchase Room in Baton Rouge. The proposed cancellation of the merit pay raises comes after Gov. Bobby Jindal last week vetoed a State Civil Service...
  • [Louisiana] tax collections drop; Gov. Bobby Jindal plans for more budget cuts

    03/16/2010 6:32:56 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 20 replies · 734+ views ^ | March 15, 2010 | Jan Moller
    An unexpected drop in state tax collections has created a mid-year budget deficit that could be as high as $400 million, adding dark new clouds to the state's bleak financial forecast as lawmakers prepare for the start of their annual session in two weeks. The news, delivered to Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration late last week by state economists, comes less than three months after the governor cut $248 million from the 2009-10 budget to adjust for shrinking state tax collections. Those cuts have led to hundreds of layoffs in state government and fell particularly hard on health care and higher...
  • Voters Believe Politicians Are Economic COWARDS !

    02/04/2010 9:33:49 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 224+ views
    The Lid/Rasmussen ^ | 2/4/2010 | The Lid
    Its the simplest thing for most politicians to do, run a deficit hike up taxes. What most politicians never understand is that sometimes the well runs dry. That dry time started over a year ago, and the primary reason for the Tea Party movement is the way the government has mishandled federal funds and added to the deficit. Yesterday Blanche Lincoln told the president about her constituent "who fears that there's no one in your administration that understands what it means to go to work on Monday and make a payroll on Friday." Today's Rasmussen Poll confirmed why people have...
  • Kill Big Bird

    01/27/2010 4:32:52 PM PST · by Abakumov · 33 replies · 909+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28, 2010 | Editorial
    Public broadcasting's defenders make contradictory claims that the federal government only supplies a fraction of its funding, yet cutting it would put the organization into a death spiral. Public broadcasting receives about a 15 percent subsidy from the federal government, which is a reasonable cut to take in the public interest. Times are tough, and public broadcasting should not be given immunity from shared sacrifices. Some of public broadcasting's programs can be competitive in the marketplace. "Sesame Street" has long been used as an icon by PBS defenders, who stridently decry any attempts to "kill Big Bird." But "Sesame Street"...
  • Hawaii dimmed by education, election, health cuts

    12/19/2009 11:03:51 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 26 replies · 1,394+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 19, 2009 | Mark Niesse
    HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii public schools are closed most Fridays, rats scurry across bananas in uninspected stores and there may not be enough money to run the next election. About the only parts of the state untouched by the foul economy are its sparkling beaches and world-class surfing. Hawaii's money troubles are creating a society more befitting a tropical backwater than a state celebrating its 50th anniversary and preparing to welcome President Barack Obama home for Christmas this week. "There is community energy and outrage building up," said James Koshiba, a co-founder of the activist organization and Web site Kanu...
  • Chicago finances: Mayor Richard Daley announces $44 million in cuts

    10/20/2009 7:04:46 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 713+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-20-09 | Dan Mihalopoulos, Hal Dardic
    Mayor Richard Daley continued his drumbeat of bad financial news Monday, outlining a wage freeze and an unpaid month off for nonunion city workers that fell short of explaining how he will balance the 2010 budget that he is to unveil Wednesday. With revenues coming in well below expectations, the city has projected a deficit of more than $500 million next year. The new moves announced Monday would save about $44 million: --Reducing such costs as travel and supplies by 5 percent: $20 million. --Declining to fill 220 vacant jobs: $18 million. --Denying a scheduled cost-of-living increase for nonunion workers:...
  • Illinois Chief Justice rips lawmakers over probation cuts

    09/09/2009 6:45:15 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 251+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 09/09/09 | J Brown
    Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald blasted lawmakers in a letter to Governor Quinn this week, calling state funding for probation services "dangerously inadequate". In a letter written to the Illinois Governor on September 1st, Fitzgerald wrote, "The practical effect of diminishing appropriations is that probation officers must be laid off, criminal offenders sentenced to probation receive inadequate or no supervision, and the public safety is thereby severely compromised." As part of Governor Quinn's approved budget signed into law in July, appropriations to the Supreme Court for probation services were slashed by...
  • Obama, Congress Go AWOL on Fiscal Responsibility

    05/11/2009 8:32:42 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 5 replies · 312+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | May 11, 2009
    When it comes to federal spending, there's a pattern emerging with President Obama, and it's not a flattering one. The president says all the right things about the importance of getting the deficit under control, but his actions don't come close to matching his rhetoric. An early sign of the disconnect was his heavily publicized demand last month that his Cabinet secretaries shave $100 million from their administrative budgets. Obama said the cuts would "send a signal that we are serious about how government operates" and would help close the "confidence gap" with skeptical Americans. Those cuts amounted to a...
  • Obama's Dream World Bitter Pill for Taxpayers

    05/08/2009 1:26:00 PM PDT · by StopBigGovt · 15 replies · 681+ views
    Big Government In Your Wallet ^ | 5/8/09 | Kelly Estes
    Many Democrats are starring in Obama Dream World, and seem to believe they are creating a Utopia. Problem is, ODW does not make financial sense. Were supposed to be in awe that youre cutting $17 billion from the FY2010 budget, Pres. Barack Obama? That cut amounts to only .5% of the $3.5 trillion in spending for FY2010. Your quote about money being spent inefficiently almost made me choke on my coffee. And what will you tell the younger generation of Americans, upon whom you and your compatriots are piling on a backbreaking, onerous pile of debt to pay for Obama...
  • Obama To America "Keep The Change"

    04/20/2009 7:11:48 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 613+ views
    Today President Obama finally gave his answer to the nearly 1 million people who showed up a last weeks tea parties. In his first meeting of the full cabinet he directed his government to take the next three months and come up with $100 Million to give back to the American people. That's not $100 Million each, that's $100 Million total. It is almost as if the President of the United States heard our cry and threw us a bone, albeit a very tiny bone. Lets put that $100 Million in perspective: * It would pay for about 1/3 of...
  • White House forecasts of agency budget cuts

    04/20/2009 12:57:46 PM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies · 480+ views
    AP ^ | 4/20/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama called his first formal Cabinet meeting on Monday, telling department and agency chiefs to find ways in the next 90 days to cut at total of $100 million out of their budgets. Here are savings the White House said already have been identified, a tiny portion of next year's overall budget which is forecast at about $3.5 trillion. Many of the cuts listed by the administration stretch years into the future and will not have a significant impact in next year's spending.
  • Pentagon Budget to Reflect New Priorities

    04/06/2009 10:51:05 AM PDT · by freespirited · 5 replies · 484+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 04/06/09 | Elisabeth Bumiller & Christoper Drew
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to announce a far-reaching overhaul of the Pentagons budget on Monday, including likely cuts in missile defense programs, in the Armys expensive Future Combat Systems and in Navy shipbuilding. The decisions represent the first broad rethinking of American military strategy under the Obama administration, which wants to spend more of its money countering terrorism and insurgencies like those in Iraq and Afghanistan and less on preparations for conventional warfare against large nations like China or Russia. Even so, Mr. Gates, who is briefing members of Congress on his plans, is expected to request...
  • Congress should do what the rest of us have to do in this recession

    03/13/2009 6:36:33 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 12 replies · 535+ views
    Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | 3-13-09 | Mike Pence
    During these challenging economic times, Hoosier families and small businesses are sacrificing every day to make ends meet. They know that our economy is in a recession and that to survive, we need to tighten our belts and make some hard choices. The federal government Congress in particular ought to do the same........ Hardly a week after passing a $1 trillion so-called stimulus bill, Congress passed another huge spending bill totaling $410 billion complete with several thousand earmarks. And the next day, the administration unveiled its budget, which would raise taxes on almost every Hoosier. Indiana's hardworking...
  • Stimulate Defense

    02/07/2009 2:33:30 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 6 replies · 273+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Feb. 6, 2009 | Col. Oliver North
    .....Despite public opprobrium, some kind of tax and spending compromise will eventually pass and be signed into law. After all, politicians at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue want to show the American people that they "care." Ideally, real "economic stimulus" legislation should cut taxes as much as possible and spend as little borrowed money as possible on things that will really "stimulate" the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, given the political alignment in Washington, it is unlikely that taxes will be cut enough and there will inevitably be too much spending on the wrong priorities. However, there is one place where...
  • CA: State budget cuts would hit GOP areas hardest

    02/06/2009 9:25:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 499+ views ^ | 2/6/09 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento - Solutions to the state's $42 billion budget gap remain elusive as Republican lawmakers rebuff proposals for new taxes, arguing that California spends too much. But parts of the state that the GOP legislators represent would be hurt most by deep cuts, according to a Chronicle analysis of state data. Counties in far Northern California and the Central Valley, where both Republican leaders of the Legislature live, receive far more state money per capita for education, health, welfare and prisons than the Bay Area or the coastal region, according to a report by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. Modoc,...
  • Puerto Rico Governor's Budget-Cut Plan Taken Seriously

    01/14/2009 10:05:47 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 28 replies · 697+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | January 14, 2009 | Mara D. Resto Vlez
    (English-language translation) In an attempt to begin reducing spending to balance the current budget, Governor Luis Fortuo met yesterday with the Economic Development Council, which is composed of members of his own cabinet, to emphasize the need to reduce spending in all public agencies by 10%. This reduction will have to be implemented immediately as the Governor ordered last week in an Executive Order, as well as the recommendation to not fill 30% of the vacant positions of trust. Office of Management & Budget (OGP) Director Mara Snchez Bras indicated that the measures will be temporary because there are only...
  • Committee OKs Jindals budget cuts

    01/10/2009 9:07:20 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 5 replies · 372+ views ^ | 01/10/09 | MICHELLE MILLHOLLON
    Legislators agreed Friday to Gov. Bobby Jindals plan to eliminate a $341 million shortfall in the $30 billion state operating budget. Lawmakers questioned parts of the proposal, especially cuts in the number of prescriptions for Medicaid recipients and the reduction of money for projects in legislators districts. However, members of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget accepted the plan without objection. Were all going to share some pain, said state Sen. Lydia Jackson, D-Shreveport. The amount of pain that will be felt by the general public is debatable. The Jindal administration used unspent cash to fill a chunk of...
  • CA: Lawmakers deadlocked over car tax, budget cuts

    11/22/2008 11:39:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 549+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/22/08 | Jim Sanders
    Not even fiscal crisis trumps partisan politics in California, where lawmakers remained sharply divided on a budget rescue plan Friday with time running out in this year's session. With California facing a projected two-year, $27.8 billion budget shortfall, Democrats and Republicans continued to fight over whether tax increases would make things better or worse. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders met Friday and were expected to discuss a tripling of the state's vehicle license tax in return for about $4 billion in cuts this budget year and placement of a rigid spending cap on a future ballot. When the session...
  • Future cuts to Md. budget in works after latest round

    10/20/2008 11:04:33 AM PDT · by JZelle · 9 replies · 464+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-20-08 | Brian Witte
    ANNAPOLIS Before Maryland officials cut hundreds of millions last week from the state budget, they were already talking about future reductions. "How do you get out of a hole of that magnitude, given the downturn which everyone ... is saying is going to be relatively severe and long term," Comptroller Peter Franchot asked at meeting Wednesday before the cuts were approved. Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, estimates his administration has reduced spending plans by roughly $2.2 billion since taking office last year, but the national economic meltdown has slowed state revenues, forcing more cuts just to balance this year's books....
  • TxDOT strong despite funding cuts

    08/01/2008 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 143+ views
    The Wichita Falls Times Record News ^ | August 1, 2008 | Maurel Merette
    Regardless of losing funding, TxDOT is moving ahead, said Larry Tegtmeyer, district engineer for the Wichita Falls District of the Texas Department of Transportation during his report Thursday morning to the Texas Transportation Commission. The Texas Transportation Commission is a five-member board appointed by the governor to oversee TxDOT. The commission met Thursday in the J.S. Bridwell Auditorium at Midwestern State University. It was the first time in 12 years that the commission had met in Wichita Falls. Tegtmeyer was enthusiastic about reporting the districts accomplishments under a tight budget. In November, the Texas Department of Transportation announced budget cuts...
  • CA: Coastal Commission prepares for budget cuts (BOO HOO Alert!)

    07/29/2008 3:46:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 194+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 7/29/08 | John Howard
    As the state sharpens its budget knife, an agency directly under the blade is the California Coastal Commission, the guardian of 1,100 miles of coast line and an entity that has enflamed passions like few other government offices in California. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier proposed a 10 percent budget cut in the bureaucracy. The coastal commission has sent layoff notices to 46 staff members -- notices that are required by law -- and is preparing for the possibility of cuts, although when and just how deep are not clear. A staff-prepared analysis of the agency's finances said there was a...
  • Gorden named to I-69/TTC advisory committee

    04/01/2008 5:50:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 239+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 1, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    Lufkin Mayor Jack Gorden has been selected by the Texas Transportation Committee to serve on a citizens' advisory committee for putting together information regarding the proposed Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. According to Texas Department of Transportation officials, advisory committee members represent a cross-section of community and business leaders, landowners, local transportation experts and others. "Our goal is to enhance the public dialogue and meaningfully involve more Texans in transportation decisions," said Texas Transportation Commission Chair Hope Andrade. "These committees will have an important seat at the table as we work together to shape the future of transportation for our state." Gorden...
  • California coalition backs tax hikes over budget cuts

    03/08/2008 8:20:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 536+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/8/08 | Judy Lin
    Rather than point the state budget ax at each other, a broad spectrum of interest groups has joined forces in a battle to press Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers to raise taxes. Groups representing nearly every state general fund service education, labor, public safety, environment, health care and social services have formed an alliance to oppose the governor's proposal for 10 percent across-the-board cuts. Members say the goal of the newly formed umbrella coalition, which has yet to be named, is to raise public awareness about the effect of cuts and press elected officials into supporting revenue increases....
  • Denial and Delay

    02/25/2008 10:51:48 AM PST · by GoldwaterInstitute · 2 replies · 78+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | February 25, 2008 | Byron Schlomach
    Denial and Delay : Pretending there isnt a budget problem wont make it go away Byron Schlomach, Goldwater Institute Daily Email, February 25, 2008 Several states are facing some tough fiscal times. Californias overspending problem amounts to more than $14 billion for the 2009 fiscal year. New Jerseys spending versus revenue gap could be $3.5 billion. Virginia and Massachusetts each face $1.2 billion gaps. Arizonas gap for 2009 is estimated at $1.7 billion. Compared to Californias fiscal problem, Arizonas looks like chump change. But heres the rest of the story. As a percentage of general revenue spending, Arizonas 2009 spending/revenue...
  • Calif. budget cuts could mean no prison time for some criminals

    01/12/2008 10:42:09 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 117+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/12/08 | Don Thompson - ap
    Car thieves, forgers, scam artists, drunken drivers and some drug dealers might never serve a day in prison - even for repeat crimes - under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposals to reduce California's inmate and parolee population, corrections department and law enforcement officials said. It's one of the many potential consequences of abruptly upending the prison system to save a projected $400 million in corrections department costs over the next 18 months. Schwarzenegger is asking state lawmakers to approve releasing nonviolent, non-serious, non-sex offenders from prison if they have less than 20 months remaining on their sentences. It's part of the...
  • 1995 - Duncan Hunter on Energy Agency's Enemy List

    09/13/2007 9:24:07 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 159+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune via News Which Cannot Lose ^ | November 17, 1995 | STEPHEN GREEN; Copley News Service
    Posters Note: The title sounds almost Nixonian, but Mr. Hunter has been a thorn in many bureaucratic sides for a long time, as this article reveals. Rep. Duncan Hunter was aware that the U.S. Department of Energy was unhappy with him. Little did he know how unhappy. As chairman of a House national security subcommittee, the El Cajon Republican has called for cutting the agency's budget. But he did not realize that had earned him a spot on what has become known as the Energy Department's "enemies list." Still, Hunter was not exactly surprised when another member of Congress recently...

    03/15/2007 10:23:10 AM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 9 replies · 997+ views
    Humorous Vanity | 3/15/07 | Self
    These are the proposed weapons systems adjustments to be made should the DEMS' Congressional majority successfully hamstring our troops in the WOT theatre: ****** ******{M.O.P} Maritime Overwater Patrol: ****** ****** {B.I.K.E. Patrols} Baghdad Interactive Killer Eliminator Patrols: ****** ******[S.P.A.A.D.S.] Special Anti-personnel Area Denial System: ****** ******[S.A.D.] Surefire Antitank Deadbang ****** ******[L.I.Z.R.D.] Light Insurgent Zapper/Remover & Disposal ****** ****** ****** ****** These additional systems will be authorized by the DIMS to assist the "re-deployment" of US forces: ****** ****** ****** ****** LASTLY: please observe the only homeland security system we can afford after the DHIMMI's get their way: Have a nice...
  • Weldon: Democrat Leadership Raids NASA Budget

    02/01/2007 9:45:45 AM PST · by Fitzcarraldo · 193 replies · 2,246+ views ^ | January 31, 2007 | Rep. Dave Weldon
    PRESS RELEASE Date Released: Wednesday, January 31, 2007< Source: Rep. Dave Weldon If Enacted, Would Be Worst Cuts to Space Exploration Since 1993 Urges Senate to Reverse Irresponsible Choice by House Dems In a fiscal year 2007 budget released today, the new Democrat majority proposed sweeping cuts to NASA's budget that could jeopardized the future of space exploration. U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL), who represents many workers from NASA and Kennedy Space Center, called the cuts draconian, saying the Democrat leadership is using NASA and our nation's space program as a piggy bank for other liberal spending priorities. "The...