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  • Prison Overcrowding Threatens Public Safety and State Budgets

    04/08/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-8-14 | Audrey Williams
    How many people are actually locked up in the United States? Well, as it turns out, it’s hard to say. Inconsistent and fragmentary data has made piecing together the “whole pie” of U.S. federal, state, local and other types of confinement data difficult. Lucky for us, the Prison Policy Initiative has released a comprehensive graphic that aggregates the available information and helps to explain the complicated and expansive U.S. correctional system. From the collected data, the Initiative found that the incarceration system in this country “hold[s] more than 2.4 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 2,259 juvenile...
  • The Overfederalization of Crime in America

    04/04/2014 1:01:43 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 29 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-4-14 | Cara Sullivan
    In March 2013, Anthony Brasfield released a dozen heart-shaped balloons in the air as a romantic gesture for his girlfriend. After a Florida Highway Patrol officer spotted the gesture, Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals and plants—a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. While some criminal laws and sanctions are necessary to protect safety and ensure justice, America’s criminal code includes many activities that Americans and business owners have little way of knowing are crimes. As a result, law-abiding individuals and businesses spend innumerable hours and dollars fending off criminal prosecution for...
  • Criminalizing America – How Big Government Makes a Criminal of Every American

    11/06/2013 1:43:16 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 22 replies
    ALEC ^ | 11-6-13 | Cara Sullivan
    There are more than 1.5 million Americans under the supervision of state and federal correctional facilities, at a cost of more than $30,000 per prisoner every year. While some criminal laws and sanctions are necessary to protect safety and ensure justice, criminalized actions now include many normal, everyday activities that average Americans and business owners have little way of knowing are crimes. As a result, well-meaning, law-abiding American citizens and business owners spend innumerable hours and dollars fending off criminal prosecution for actions they never suspected were illegal, and states spend millions incarcerating nonthreatening individuals. States cannot afford the budgetary...
  • Competition Leads to Cost-Savings in Water Infrastructure

    09/20/2013 2:50:51 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-18-13 | Cara Sullivan
    Every year in North America, 300,000 water main breaks threaten the safety of our communities and place enormous financial burdens on states already struggling to balance budgets. Decisions on how to deal with the estimated $3.8 trillion worth of necessary upgrades to our nation’s water infrastructure will have profound fiscal impacts on the states for years to come. However, there is a simple solution: opeWatermain_breakn and competitive procurement practices. Dr. Bonner Cohen discusses this idea in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s newest State Factor, “Lowering Costs in Water Infrastructure through Procurement Reform: A Strategy for State Governments.” Competition is a...
  • The California Non-Comeback

    08/02/2013 1:31:33 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 8-2-13 | Ben Wilterdink
    An old adage cautions, “if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Such is the case with the now famous, “California Comeback.” Faced with a large budget deficit, California passed tax increases on the wealthy, balanced the budget, generated a massive surplus and seemingly solved the state’s fiscal woes. The problem? In the surplus claim, California only counts revenues that will go into the $96.3 billion budget this fiscal year. This is an increase of $9.3 billion from just two years ago. However, the state’s unfunded pension liability debt is not calculated into the budget. There are...
  • Would Releasing Murderers From Prison Early Help the Economy?

    07/31/2013 9:10:44 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 17 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 7-31-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    "A thug in prison cannot shoot your sister" --Ben Wattenberg NEW YORK (MainStreet)—When Lenin Peace Prize recipient Angela Davis is in accord with former Ron Paul staffer Gary North, is it not logical to think that soon the sun might explode? Currently, there is no sign of the apocalypse, even though...
  • As Prisons Squeeze Budgets, GOP Rethinks Crime Focus

    06/21/2013 12:08:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | June 20 , 2103 | Niel King Jr.
    GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Weeks after his election as Georgia governor in 2010, Nathan Deal was pulled aside by a conservative state lawmaker with urgent business to discuss. Rep. Jay Neal, a small-town pastor, said he had the seeds of a plan to cut Georgia's swelling prison population, which was costing taxpayers over $1 billion a year. The governor-elect didn't let Mr. Neal get far. Associated Press Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has led the drive to reduce prison populations in his state. "The minute I mentioned what I wanted to do, he jumped in with what he wanted to do," Mr. Neal recalled....
  • Broun: Democrats Say Raise Taxes or Go to Hell

    12/04/2012 2:09:32 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 42 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 12/4/12 | Joe Rowdy
    (Washington, D.C.) U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s dismissal of Republican efforts to provide a solution to the looming fiscal cliff: “Democrats have basically told Republicans to either raise taxes, or go to hell,” said Broun. “Forcing us to choose between hurting families and small businesses or going off the fiscal cliff is not only counter-productive – it simply doesn’t make sense for righting our nation’s fiscal crisis. The Democrats’ math just doesn’t add up; there is no way to tax our way out of this mess. Even if they...
  • Can traditional schools learn a lesson from charters' efficiency? [Charters want say in lawsuit]

    08/19/2012 3:34:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | August 18, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    Harmony Public Schools appears to have cracked the code. The charter school system, with 38 campuses across Texas and more than 23,000 students, regularly produces students who excel at math, science and engineering. And they do it on a shoestring. Harmony's five schools in Austin spent $7,923 per student in 2010-11 on operating expenses, almost $1,600 less than the Austin school district and about $800 less than the statewide average. Harmony's schools have also consistently beat the rest of the state on standardized test scores even while educating about the same proportion of students considered at risk of dropping out....
  • Big Blue Hammered in California

    06/07/2012 11:13:26 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 9 replies
    The American Interest ^ | June 6, 2012 | Walter Russell
    Wisconsin wasn’t the only place in America voting on the blue social model last night, and Wisconsin wasn’t the only place where the blue social model took it on the chin. As reported here yesterday, voters in San Diego and San Jose, California (both among the largest ten cities in the United States) had referendums on the ballot that would cut pension costs. The results of those votes are in this morning, and both measures were passed by overwhelming majorities. In San Diego, 68 percent of voters supported the cuts. In San Jose, 71 percent voted against Big Blue.
  • The Walker Vote Earthquake - break umbilical cord between the state treasury and union treasuries

    06/07/2012 3:18:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 7, 2012 | Peter Hannaford, "Reagan's Roots"
    .........In California, signatures have been gathered for a voter initiative, "Stop Special Interests," on the November ballot that, if passed, would break the umbilical cord between the state treasury and union treasuries. In California, among others, the state deducts union dues from public employee paychecks and sends these directly to the unions, thus saving them the need to persuade public employees to sign up to let the union bosses use their money in elections. This is the umbilical cord and the California unions have used it to become the most powerful special interest in Sacramento, having great influence over the...
  • Doug McIntyre: California, where the math just gets fuzzier

    04/11/2012 10:44:42 AM PDT · by Mark · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 4/11/12 | Doug McIntyre
    The Wife's fingers fly clickity-clack over the calculator keypad as she works on our taxes. When she gets on a roll she makes that thing sound like Fred Astaire with an Uzi. I hear the occasional muttered expletive or plaintive sigh and that's when I want to give her a hug, but I dare not. The Wife is not to be messed with at tax time. This ritual is played out in millions of American homes - death and taxes, right? But in our home the burden falls fully on The Wife because I'm incapable of performing this basic function...
  • ‘Balanced budget,’ ‘surplus’ gloss over many states’ financial woes

    03/16/2012 6:46:34 AM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | March 15th, 2012 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — What’s in a “surplus” or a “balanced budget”? The better question might be: What’s not? As the economy improves and tax revenue rebounds, politicians nationwide are touting balanced budgets — even surpluses — as proof their states are on a positive fiscal track. The problem, fiscal analysts say, is that for virtually any state, those reports are little more than a thin veil, masking deep-rooted financial problems. Seeking balance  For years, states have relied on accounting gimmicks, pension-plan deferments and help from the federal government to keep budgets balanced, Eileen Norcross, a senior research fellow at George Mason...
  • Union Bosses Win, Ohio Workers Get Fired

    12/06/2011 9:55:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | Jason Hart
    One month ago Ohio voted with its heart against reforms portrayed as an attack on public workers. Ohio, DC, and New York union bosses spent more than $30 million drenching the airwaves in images of sad firefighters, sad police officers, and evil Republicans, convincing voters to overlook a broken status quo.A month later, how are local governments celebrating the union victory on Issue 2?Middletown is laying off 9 firefighters, despite the city’s police and fire budgets both increasing by nearly 1/3 in the past decade. In Hamilton, a $5.9 million death tax haul will delay the inevitable: Inflation coupled with...
  • Heartbreaking Video Of Italian Minister Bursting Into Tears While Announcing Pension Reforms

    12/04/2011 6:04:01 PM PST · by blam · 47 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-4-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    WATCH: Heartbreaking Video Of Italian Minister Bursting Into Tears While Announcing Pension Reforms Joe Weisenthal Dec. 4, 2011, 5:05 PM We're not sure exactly what Welfare Minister Elsa Fornero saying, but obviously announcing reforms to pension systems is an emotional subject, as it means more pain for seniors on fixed incomes. (via Hugo Dixon). A commenter translates part of her statement: "I'm sorry. The people who work have no more money to give you. As a result, the pension age will go to 62 years old for woman, and 65 years old for man. No longer can we afford to...
  • Household Budgeting: Women Hone Domestic Skills

    12/01/2011 9:40:19 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 30th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    The Gloria Steinem generation convinced women that they were not doing jobs. Women were told they were being slaves to their families, and not getting paid for it. In lousy economic times, these newly learned old skills give women a bigger choice of where to spend money. They can cut corners by mending, canning, and growing a garden. They have the power and flexibility to fill their pantries and not depend on the government or stores in difficult times.
  • Five Budgets for a Broke-Down and Busted Amerika (By gold )

    11/22/2011 2:35:12 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 1 replies
    Reason.com ^ | November 22,2011 | Nick Gillespie
    President Obama wants to spend $3.7 trillion next year and $5.7 trillion in 2021. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants to spend $3.6 trillion next year and $4.7 trillion in 2021. The Republican Study Committee (RSC) wants to spend $3.6 trillion next year and $4.2 trillion in 2021. Rand Paul wants to spend $3.7 trillion next year and $3.4 trillion in 2016. The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) has a "People's Budget" outline that, in keeping with representing a math-averse nation, doesn't include anything as straightforward as a series of annual-outlay numbers, though it does promise that outlays and revenues in 2021...
  • Gov. Kasich: How we did it (S&P has UPGRADED Ohio's credit Outlook)

    08/08/2011 6:57:54 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 25, 2011 | John Kasich, a real leader
    Gov. Kasich explains how Ohio turned its greatest fiscal shortfall into a structurally balanced budget, all while cutting taxes for every Ohioan.
  • California Assembly refuses to make public its members' budgets

    08/03/2011 8:13:00 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 08-03 | Jim Sanders
    The California Assembly says the public has no right to see lawmakers' current office budgets and spending projections, documents that could show whether punishment is doled out for key votes.
  • Florida Highway Patrol Almost Disbanded (Rick Scott Hatred Alert!)

    06/29/2011 11:41:31 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 17 replies
    Capitol News Service ^ | June 27, 2011 | Mike Vasilinda
    The Florida Highway Patrol has been patrolling Florida roadways since 1939. It was created to provide uniform traffic enforcement and investigation across the state, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, there was a serious attempt this past legislative session to give the FHP’s duties top local sheriffs. Florida Highway Patrol troopers came close to wearing the green uniforms of Sheriff’s deputies this past legislative session. The jobs of more than 1500 troopers were almost given to local sheriffs. It would have been the biggest outsourcing in recent history and it was backed by Governor Rick Scott. It was the Sheriffs,...
  • IBD Poll: Public Favors Limiting Collective Bargaining

    04/13/2011 7:04:51 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 2 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 4/12/2011 | Sean Higgins
    By 45%-42%, voters back Republican efforts to balance state budgets by limiting collective bargaining rights for government unions, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. That stance is backed by Republicans, 80%-8%, and by independents, 46%-36%. Even 14% of Democrats say limit collective bargaining. That’s a switch from last month when an IBD/TIPP poll asked whether voters favored Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or the state public employee unions in that state’s showdown over bargaining rights. That poll found the public supported the unions, 49%-43%. Democrats backed the unions, 83%-11%, while independents backed them, 47%-42%. Republicans backed Walker, 82%-11%.
  • States Are Smart to Cut Cigarette Taxes

    04/11/2011 7:10:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | April 11, 2011 | John Nothdurft
    After decades of increasing tobacco taxes at the federal, state, and local levels, some states are beginning to buck this fiscally burdensome and irresponsible trend. On March 17, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut the state’s cigarette tax by a dime, to $1.68 per pack. Two other states with high tobacco taxes—New Jersey and Rhode Island—are also considering proposals to reduce taxes on tobacco products to make their state’s tax rates more competitive. This reversal in policy would be fiscally responsible and especially beneficial to low-income people. Many economists have noted that many states’...
  • State Workers and N.Y.’s Fiscal Crisis

    03/05/2011 6:50:36 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2011
    At a time when public school students are being forced into ever more crowded classrooms, and poor families will lose state medical benefits, New York State is paying 10 times more for state employees’ pensions than it did just a decade ago. That huge increase is largely because of Albany’s outsized generosity to the state’s powerful employees’ unions in the early years of the last decade, made worse when the recession pushed down pension fund earnings, forcing the state to make up the difference. Although taxpayers are on the hook for the recession’s costs, most state employees pay only 3...
  • Communists Backing Wisconsin Solidarity Protests

    02/23/2011 4:23:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    New Zeal ^ | February 23, 2011 | Trevor Loudon
    The Communist Party USA is promoting widespread protests across the United States in support of leftist and labor protesters in Wisconsin. Reports Ohio Communist Party leader Rick Nagin reported from Columbus; Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, the state AFL-CIO and its affiliates have called for a massive turnout for a rally Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbus to protest a Republican bill to repeal collective bargaining for public employees. In robocalls and emails sent throughout the state, Strickland said "the fate of Ohio's middle class is on the line" and urged people "to join with the thousands who will gather...
  • Kentucky Senate Votes To End Guaranteed Pensions

    02/14/2011 10:58:55 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-14-2011 | John Ellis
    Kentucky Senate Votes To End Guaranteed Pensions John Ellis Feb. 14, 2011, 11:45 AM The Kentucky state Senate passed a bill Friday that would end guaranteed pensions for new state and local government employees. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the bill was designed to address the public pension funds' growing liability. The paper reports: Kentucky needs to stay ahead of the multibillion-dollar pension liability problem that is forcing tax hikes and painful spending reductions in other states, said Republican senators backing the bill. "It is just not affordable to go forward with our current plan, for state government or for...
  • (Moonbeam) Brown releases grim economic forecast for California

    01/11/2011 12:17:49 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Another year of sluggish growth. And another one after that. And so on. Full recovery? Wait until 2016. The economic forecast released Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown is as grim as the budget blueprint he delivered at the same time. It says a troubled housing market will continue to hold back consumer spending in California for the foreseeable future. "A sharp rebound does not appear likely," says the official forecast from the state Department of Finance. Perhaps the most striking prediction: California's job market won't recapture all its lost jobs until the third quarter of 2016, or a whopping 87...
  • MD Democrat Curtails School Growth

    12/22/2010 1:06:14 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A Northeastern governor is considering education spending cuts and this time it is not New Jersey’s Chris Christie. “Gov. Martin O’Malley is considering a 5 percent across-the-board cut to Maryland’s K-12 public education system, unwelcome news to school districts already scrounging for money,” Lisa Gartner reported in The Washington Examiner. “T. Eloise Foster, secretary of the State Department of Budget and Management, said in a letter to Prince George’s County Superintendent William Hite that his request for an additional $139 million in state aid ‘suggests that you believe that the governor’s winning re-election is the equivalent to winning the lottery.’”...
  • Sarah Palin: Bailouts Reward Bad Behavior

    12/06/2010 10:16:13 PM PST · by onyx · 82 replies
    SARAH PALIN FACEBOOK ^ | Monday, December 6, 2010 at 11:13pm | SARAH PALIN
    Do insolvent states actually believe other states should bail them out? In June 2009, I was invited to introduce Michael Reagan at an event in Anchorage. In my remarks as Governor of Alaska, I warned against President Obama’s debt-ridden stimulus bill and its effect on all our state budgets. I believed that the bill’s benefits would be limited because government would grow exponentially, and I warned that the package was equivalent to a federal bribe with fat strings attached that created new unfunded mandates for state governments. At the time, most state legislatures, including Alaska’s, chose to ignore that warning....
  • GOP governors: Deep budget cuts are coming

    11/18/2010 2:57:55 PM PST · by jerry557 · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/18/10 | Liz Sidoti
    SAN DIEGO – Incoming Republican governors from Pennsylvania to New Mexico are vowing to keep campaign promises to slice already cut-to-the-bone budgets and balance them without raising taxes. In doing so, GOP leaders intent on conservative governance signaled a desire to try to fundamentally change state government, shrinking it significantly. And they acknowledged that could mean more job losses and service cuts to already recession-hammered states anticipating more budget trouble ahead. "While we're all facing these challenges, there are incredible opportunities for us to go look at what the core missions of government were, and redefine the role," said South...
  • My Own Private Berkeley

    10/13/2010 5:21:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 13, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The good news is that Berkeley produces a skewed world view. The bad news is that it provides an all too accurate microcosm of academia. “Campus radicalism is back, big time,” Michael Cohen writes in the latest issue of Radical Teacher. “For the first time in a generation, massive rallies, marches, blogs, and, increasingly, student strikes, building occupations and confrontations with the police are drawing the public’s attention to the crisis in public higher education.” “On March 4 of this year, rallies in 28 states and 11 different countries testified to a growing movement to reverse the now thirty-year neoliberal...
  • Boehner: No More Comprehensive Budgets

    09/30/2010 2:29:17 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 18 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/30/2010 | Sean Higgins
    House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, may be up for a promotion, assuming polls are correct. So what would Speaker Boehner do? He gave a few clues during a speech Thursday at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
  • President: “We Need More Teachers.” Reality: “Yoohoo! I’m Right Over Here! Hellooo!”

    09/30/2010 9:09:57 AM PDT · by gartrell bibberts · 31 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 9/29/2010 | Andrew J. Coulson
    This week, President Obama called for the hiring of 10,000 new teachers to beef up math and science achievement. Meanwhile,...public school employment has grown 10 times faster than enrollment for 40 years (see chart), while achievement at the end of high school has stagnated in math and declined in science (see other chart).
  • States struggle to pass budgets without stimulus

    06/28/2010 2:49:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    NEW YORK – For cash-strapped states counting on federal stimulus money, the news was a stunning blow: A deficit-weary Congress had rejected billions in additional aid, forcing lawmakers into a mad scramble to balance their budgets. .. many governors are proposing to make up for the shortfall with tax increases, cuts in essential services .. layoffs of thousands of public employees. ... California faces a whopping $19 billion deficit — more than 20 percent of the state's total budget — despite deep cuts .. The federal stimulus program enacted last year is set to expire in December. Much of the...
  • Paterson to Successor: You Will Fail

    04/27/2010 2:49:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies · 439+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-27-10 | JACOB GERSHMAN
    ALBANY—David Paterson, the current governor of New York, has a message for his successor: You're doomed to fail. In a 70-minute interview with The Wall Street Journal, the governor cast himself as a scapegoat for the state's problems, blamed an "organized smear campaign" for ruining his political career and pinned his inability to repair New York's ailing finances on a dysfunctional budget process. "Whether the governor is David Paterson or Rick Lazio or Andrew Cuomo or Superman, we don't have a structure that empowers a single leader to get his or her state out of a major conflict," said Mr....
  • A Glimpse of Our Future (Budget Graphic: Scary)

    04/19/2010 2:35:55 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 12 replies · 773+ views
    House Budget Committee ^ | April 2009 | House Budget Subcommittee
  • Meghan Fox Reaffirms How Much I Hate Her

    04/09/2010 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Superstu321 · 33 replies · 4,519+ views
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | April 9, 2010 | Stupac
    Dear Meghan Fox, I’m asking for all of America, please just go away. There are plenty of other attractive talentless women who won’t make us listen to this crap you spew. Even I know you’re a bad actress, you’re extremely ungrateful, and you uttered one of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever heard any say: The “Transformers” bombshell-cum-uninhibited philosophizer also contemplates — reluctantly — what she would say to Megatron to keep him from destroying the world. “I’d barter with him,” she muses to the July issue Total Film UK, “and say instead of the entire planet, can you just...
  • UK: University teaching budgets slashed

    02/01/2010 1:44:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 263+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 2/1/10 | Jessica Shepherd
    English universities' teaching budgets were slashed today for the first time in a decade as part of savage government cuts to higher education. The cuts come amid unprecedented demand for places, with an expected seven applications for every place at a top university. Some Ł215m will be shaved off universities' teaching budgets in the academic year 2010-11, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), which funds universities on behalf of the government, said in a letter to vice-chancellors. The Ł4.7bn that institutions will receive for teaching is 1.6% less in real terms than the amount they received the year...
  • U.S. cities, states plow or face residents' wrath

    01/07/2010 9:26:44 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 13 replies · 660+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 6, 2010 | Andrew Stern
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a bow to political winds that demand the streets be cleared of snow, plows were out on Wednesday across the U.S. midsection despite the strain on tight state and local government budgets. A winter storm was forecast to dump as much as a foot (0.3 meter) of snow across the Great Plains and Midwest by the weekend. The storm was expected to bring enough snow to Des Moines, Iowa, to match the city's normal snowfall total for an entire winter season. The Iowa capital expects to chew through its $3 million annual snow removal budget soon...
  • State budget pictures bleak as lawmakers head back

    01/04/2010 10:05:01 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 9 replies · 479+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | January 3, 2010 | Shannon McCaffrey
    ATLANTA – If you thought state budgets were in bad shape last year, just wait: 2010 promises to be brutal for lawmakers — many facing re-election — as they scramble to find enough money to keep their states running without raising taxes. Tax collections continue to sputter. Federal stimulus dollars are about to dry up. Rainy day funds have been tapped. And demand for services — like Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment benefits — is soaring. As lawmakers head back to state capitols this month, budget woes range "from bad to ridiculously bad," said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard...
  • Report: 10 States Face Looming Budget Disasters

    11/11/2009 3:15:25 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies · 1,977+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 11-11-2009 | Judy Lin
    Report: 10 States Face Looming Budget Disasters By JUDY LIN, Associated Press Wednesday, November 11, 2009SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In Arizona, the budget has grown so gloomy that lawmakers are considering mortgaging Capitol buildings. In Michigan, state officials dealing with the nation's highest unemployment rate are slashing spending on schools and health care. Drastic financial remedies are no longer limited to California, where a historic budget crisis earlier this year grew so bad that state agencies issued IOUs to pay bills. A study released Wednesday warned that at least nine other big states are also barreling toward economic disaster, raising the...
  • Glenn Beck: Questions to Ask Your President and Your Congressional Representatives

    08/31/2009 6:55:37 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 17 replies · 2,465+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters ^ | 8/32/09 | TheEditors
    We’re just loving the service Glenn Beck is providing to America on his Fox News television program, using his crack team of investigators to uncover intriguing and potentially explosive information about key players in our federal government, particularly in the executive branch, whose presence may threaten American sovereignty and security. This past week, Mr. Beck focused on Mr. Obama’s unelected, unvetted, unaccountable czars who have been given the use of gargantuan budgets funded by the use of our personal, hard-earned money (without our permission, of course). Since some of the czars have served prison terms or are self-proclaimed Communists (and...
  • Conn. and Pa. state budgets still in limbo

    08/30/2009 11:41:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 407+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 30, 2009 | Susan Haigh,
    State budget impasses in Conn. and Pa. could replay in other states with slow tax dollar flow . While most states have already passed their budgets, Connecticut and Pennsylvania remain the only two in the nation still at odds over how to balance the books this fiscal year amid plummeting state revenues. Connecticut's revenue flow has dropped by $2 billion from last year while Pennsylvania's came in $3.3 billion less than expected. "It's a symptom of a very severe recession that's caused some really difficult political choices to be made," Meanwhile, in Michigan, where the fiscal year begins Oct. 1,...
  • State budgets walloped again ("new" budget gaps appearing?)

    07/24/2009 2:36:33 PM PDT · by lainie · 6 replies · 394+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 7-24-2009 | Tami Luhby
    Revenue shortfalls lead to new budget gaps only three weeks into the new fiscal year. States are forced to make more painful budget cuts.NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The bad news about state budgets just keeps getting worse. Only three weeks into the new fiscal year, gaps are already opening up. And the shortfalls are only expected to grow. "If you think legislators are breathing a sigh of relief because their budgets are passed, think again," said William Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. State legislators and governors had to contend with deficits totaling $142.6 billion as...
  • The City’s Finances: Budget-Cutting Made Simple

    07/06/2009 7:57:07 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 1 replies · 309+ views
    City Journal ^ | Steven Malanga
    Steven MalangaThe City’s Finances: Budget-Cutting Made Simple Balancing the books doesn’t take genius, just political courage. 6 July 2009 Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that balancing New York City’s budget in tough times requires “shared sacrifice,” by which he means combined tax increases and spending cuts. Yet as is often the case in New York, the biggest sacrifice is expected of taxpayers—this time, nearly $1 billion in tax hikes on top of what is already the heaviest tax burden among major cities in the nation (see “Life in Taxopolis,” coming soon). The city’s budget-cutting, by contrast, is exceedingly modest. In...
  • Benefits of Using Unionized Workers

    05/08/2009 4:05:55 AM PDT · by nateriver · 320+ views
    CFA ^ | May 6 | Johnson, Sessa
    Commuters in our Nations Capital who cannot find time to make it to the gym for their workouts are now able to burn off those extra calorie lunch’s compliments of the DC Metro Union worker’s Obama Method, spend big- cut little, “Let’s Get Fit “ Program.
  • I'm on a 'Low Budget'

    02/02/2009 4:02:31 AM PST · by jenk · 93 replies · 1,604+ views
    02/02/09 | Jenk
    While chatting with fellow freepers, I realized I have some expertise (I'm no expert) in the ways of making a household more economical. I preserve foods by canning and freezing, I hunt, plant a garden, dry clothes outside, and so on. I do not pretend to be an expert in any of these endeavors, but I do my best. I have been told in the past that I mustn't be so thrifty, because it is that unwillingness to spend that hurts our economy. Got it. However, I live this way because I am building and planning for a grand future....
  • 50 Herbert Hoovers

    12/29/2008 4:25:22 AM PST · by Jack Black · 28 replies · 982+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/29/2008 | Paul Krugman
    No modern American president would repeat the fiscal mistake of 1932, in which the federal government tried to balance its budget in the face of a severe recession. The Obama administration will put deficit concerns on hold while it fights the economic crisis. But even as Washington tries to rescue the economy, the nation will be reeling from the actions of 50 Herbert Hoovers — state governors who are slashing spending in a time of recession, often at the expense both of their most vulnerable constituents and of the nation’s economic future.
  • A tale of two budgets (Palin's Alaska vs Patterson's New York)

    12/17/2008 5:39:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1,542+ views
    Red State ^ | December 16, 2008 | Josh Painter
    When things get tough, what kind of budget decisions do governors make? That depends on the governor, his or her governing philosophy and what those philosophies have done for their respective states. In New York state, Gov. David Patterson wants the taxpayers to do the heavy lifting. His proposed $121 Billion budget for the coming year would increase state spending by 1.1 percent ($1.3 Billion) and impose 88 new taxes and fees. That’s a tax increase for every key on a piano. Patterson wants to raise $4 billion in revenues with the plethora of new taxes and fees. He intends...
  • Everyone Benefits With State Transparency

    More States are becoming Transparent and as Texas is finding the usefulness is not only for the taxpayer but also for the state agencies. Internally, because the information was easily available they were able to identify $8.7 million dollars of savings. Sometimes it was for something as simple as buying toner cartridges, which net a $73,000 savings.
  • Stupid Budget Tricks (Coming to Your State Soon)

    08/09/2008 11:46:14 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 8 replies · 705+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8 August 2008 | MICHAEL GRANOF
    But if history is a guide, governors and legislators across the country will seek to avoid the difficult choices that are required. Instead, they will likely pass the costs of the services that we enjoy today on to our children and grandchildren, through creatively deceptive budgeting. This is a time-honored practice. In 1991, the State of New York sold Attica prison to none other than itself. The buyer was a state agency that financed the $200 million purchase price by issuing bonds. The agency then leased the prison back to the state, with the lease payments being equal to the...