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  • Thousands of U.S. Military Veterans are facing deportation. Please help us stop this injustice!

    01/17/2012 6:05:04 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 33 replies
    Banished veterans ^ | July 17-2011 | banished veterans
    "When your tour ends," Obama said to those now serving, "when you touch our soil, you will be home in America that is forever here for you, just as you've been there for us. That is my promise." We hope that when the President is made aware of this situation, he will bring these troops that is forever here for them as he states.....
  • MN government request for public comments on Obamacare

    01/11/2012 8:16:34 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Find below a state government request for you to provide public comments on the Obamacare "essential health benefits" requirement for individual and small group insurance policies. Note that this list of benefits (health care services), whether you agree or find them objectionable, will be imposed by the allowed by the federal government.  The Feds are being gentle now, allowing "flexibility" for States to do as they wish, but that is likely temporary. Once the State has acquiesced to the presumption of federal control, expect the Feds to mandate the health care services they want included, and exclude the services they...
  • Ten States That Cannot Pay Their Bills

    01/11/2012 8:04:38 AM PST · by blam · 62 replies
    24/7 ^ | 1-11-2012 | Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen
    Ten States That Cannot Pay Their Bills Posted: January 11, 2012 at 6:59 amMichael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen 10. New Hampshire > 2011 budget shortfall as a % of general fund: 27.2% > 2011 budget shortfall: $365 million > 2012 projected budget shortfall: 18.4% (8th largest) > GDP change (2006 – 2010): +7.5% (11th smallest increase) > Median home value change (2006 – 2010): -4% (12th largest decline) New Hampshire is often considered to have weathered the recession better than most states. It has one of the strongest economies in the country in many respects. Its...
  • Energy Conference Focuses On Shale Gas Hot-Button Issues

    01/10/2012 9:19:37 PM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies · 2+ views
    New Mexico Tech ^ | 01/10/2012 | Thomas Guengerich/
    SOCORRO, N.M. January 10, 2012 – As oil companies deploy hundreds of wells in northeast Pennsylvania to tap into the lucrative “shale gas” deposits, many are weighing the environmental impacts, the economic outlook and the regulatory climate related to the latest bonanza in domestic natural gas production.
  • (Minimum) Wage Floor Is Increasing in 8 States in New Year (helps working families)

    12/26/2011 2:01:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/23/11 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    Wage Floor Is Increasing in 8 States in New YearBy CATHERINE RAMPELL Published: December 23, 2011 Eight states will ring in the New Year with a higher minimum wage, under state laws that require wage floors to keep apace with inflation. San Francisco, one of the few cities that sets its own minimum wage above the federal level, is also raising wages for the lowest-paid workers in the new year. It will become the first big city in the country to require companies to pay their workers more than $10 an hour. The minimum wage increases in Arizona, Colorado, Florida,...
  • Dozen states will prove pivotal in race to White House

    12/25/2011 9:38:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/25/11 | Dave Boyer
    The 2012 presidential race will be decided in a dozen swing states, and President Obama faces a hard road to victory in many of them. “It appears this election will be much more like Bush-Gore” in 2000, said Democratic strategist Steve McMahon, co-founder of Alexandria-based Purple Strategies. “The president ain’t gonna win by 95 electoral votes.” Political strategists in both parties say the number of reliably Democratic states should give Mr. Obama at least 196 electoral votes, and the solidly Republican states should give the GOP nominee 191.
  • Northeast states cut heating aid to poor

    12/11/2011 9:30:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/11 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Mary Power is 92 and worried about surviving another frigid New England winter because deep cuts in federal home heating assistance benefits mean she probably can't afford enough heating oil to stay warm. She lives in a drafty trailer in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood and gets by on $11,148 a year in pension and Social Security benefits. Her heating aid help this year will drop from $1,035 to $685. With rising heating oil prices, it probably will cost her more than $3,000 for enough oil to keep warm unless she turns her thermostat down to 60 degrees,...
  • Poll: Gingrich holds double-digit leads in 3 of first 4 voting states

    12/08/2011 3:56:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/11 | Jonathan Easley
    Poll: Gingrich holds double-digit leads in 3 of first 4 voting statesBy Jonathan Easley - 12/07/11 04:34 PM ET Newt Gingrich holds double-digit leads over the rest of the Republican presidential field in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida – three of the first four states that will vote in primaries or caucuses this January, according to a CNN-Time-ORC poll released on Wednesday. In Iowa, Gingrich leads Mitt Romney 33 percent to 20 percent, in South Carolina he leads Romney 43 percent to 20 percent, and Gingrich performs best in Florida, where he leads Romney 48 percent to 25 percent. Romney...
  • INFOGRAPHIC: A State-By-State Look At America's Wealth Distribution

    12/06/2011 12:39:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/06/2011 | Madeline Scinto
    With the ongoing conversation everyone has been having on income disparity, here's a Mint Blog infographic analyzing the phenomenon state by state. Unsurprisingly, smaller states with fancy New York City-like commuter neighborhoods are among the richest, while Southern regions are among the poorest. What's truly interesting are a few unexpected states in the second-to-poorest bracket, including Florida, Idaho, and Montana:
  • Best and Worst Run States in America — An Analysis Of All 50

    11/29/2011 7:06:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 11/28/2011 | Douglas A. McIntyre, Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen
    How well run are America’s 50 states? The answer depends a lot on where you live. For the second year, 24/7 Wall St. has reviewed data on financial health, standard of living and government services by state to determine how well each state is managed. Based on this data, 24/7 Wall St. ranked the 50 states from the best to worst run. The best-run state is Wyoming. The worst-run state is California. Comparing the 50 states can be a challenge because they are so different. Some states have abundant natural resources while others rely on service or innovation. State populations...
  • Forecasted Job Growth Better in Right-to-Work States

    11/17/2011 10:48:38 AM PST · by BUSHdude2000 · 4 replies
    US Daily Review ^ | 11-17-11 | Kimberly Morin
    USA Today came out with a one year forecasted jobs growth graph that has some interesting results. According to the survey, the only states that are forecasted to grow jobs by 2% or more are Right-to-Work states – Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma (Note: USA Today does not identify states in this way). The majority of states slated to see negative job growth are 7 to 1 Forced Union states, Georgia being the only exception as the sole Right-to-Work state.
  • Another Obamacare Glitch (Huge! Hussein Trying To Re-Write Law With IRS--not Congress!)

    11/16/2011 10:53:53 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 67 replies
    Even if ObamaCare survives Supreme Court scrutiny next spring, its trials will be far from over. That's because the law has a major glitch that threatens its basic functioning. It's so problematic, in fact, that the Obama administration is now brazenly trying to rewrite the law without involving Congress. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act offers "premium assistance"—tax credits and subsidies—to households purchasing coverage through new health-insurance exchanges. This assistance was designed to hide a portion of the law's cost to individuals by reducing the premium hikes that individuals will face after ObamaCare goes into effect in 2014. (If...
  • Warning! Progressives NPV Plan For White House Control, 2012 & Permanently

    10/31/2011 6:19:20 AM PDT · by csd · 12 replies ^ | Oct 30, 2011 | Ventura County Tea Party
    While the lamestream media holds public attention on GOP candidate rivalries, a “progressive” strategy is underway to eliminate the role of the states in electing a U.S. President. By transferring electoral votes to a “national popular vote” this “Compact” would usurp the role of the states as safeguarded by our Constitution. In doing so, it could also neutralize Obama’s critics — totally. This may be the most vital – and time sensitive - expose WAM has ever uncovered and shared! And it’s happening now, under the radar, with the general public in the dark. This “ultimate vote fraud” is intentionally...
  • US States Are Facing Total Debt of Over $4 Trillion (Give or take a few Trillion.)

    10/25/2011 12:35:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/24/11 | Reuters
    The total of U.S. state debt, including pension liabilities, could surpass $4 trillion, with California owing the most and Vermont owing the least, a new analysis says. The nonprofit State Budget Solutions combined states' major debt and future liabilities, primarily for pensions and employee healthcare, unemployment insurance loans, outstanding bonds and projected fiscal 2011 budget gaps. It found that in total, states are in debt for $4.2 trillion. The group, which follows state fiscal conditions and advocates for limited spending and taxes, said the deficit calculations that states make "do not offer a full picture of the states' liabilities and...
  • Here Are The 10 Most Debt-Ridden States In America

    10/24/2011 1:41:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/24/2011 | Jon Terbush
    While the federal government grapples with its own enormous deficit, individual states are also facing huge deficits that total an astounding combined $4 trillion. That figure comes from the newly-released annual report on state debt from State Budget Solutions, a nonprofit think tank that cuts through state government accounting tricks to find the true extent of their deficit burdens. For their figures, SBS combined states' outstanding debt and their current year budget shortfalls, and then factored in the projected costs of other liabilities, including pension and retirement costs, that have yet to be paid for. On the high end, SBS...
  • Minimum Wage To Rise In 8 States

    10/03/2011 3:20:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 10/03/11 | Tami Luhby
    Minimum Wage To Rise In 8 StatesBumps Range From 28 Cents To 37 Cents Per Hour Tami Luhby UPDATED: 2:54 pm MDT October 3, 2011 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Minimum-wage workers in eight states could see their paychecks grow by hundreds of dollars next year, thanks to automatic annual increases in the rates. Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Washington and Oregon recently announced their 2012 minimum wages, which contain bumps ranging from 28 cents to 37 cents per hour. This translates into annual raises of between $582 and $770 for full-time workers at that end of the pay scale depending on where...
  • Frankly, Scott has a better idea on highway funding

    09/29/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies (Star-Ledger) ^ | September 29, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The other day our sister newspaper, the Gloucester County Times, reported on a raid at a fraternity house at Rowan University where — get ready for a shock — some college kids were drinking. About 100 of the kids were underage and will face charges. Believe it or not, that incident has its roots in the same problem that led to the controversy over the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. That problem lies in the way the federal government distributes highway funding: poorly. It’s obvious in the case of the bridge that would have connected the city of Ketchikan,...
  • White House Mixes Up Colorado and Wyoming

    09/28/2011 7:35:40 PM PDT · by ImNotLying · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2011 | Ed Henry
    The whole point of President Obama's three-day swing through the West was to make sure the region knows it's important in 2012, though the White House may have ended up offending a few folks in Colorado.
  • Not what you think (WI budget)

    09/26/2011 9:58:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Magazin ^ | September, 2011 | George Lightbourn
    Let’s peel away the hyperbole to see what Gov. Walker really did in his first budget. Great people and great institutions can give us great moments worthy of Churchill. Given the size of last winter’s demonstrations in Madison and the international attention they received, it is tempting to define Gov. Scott Walker’s first budget as one of those Churchillian moments. That would be a mistake. As the volume of protests rose along with Wisconsin’s blood pressure, it was easy to be caught up in the passion of the moment. To be sure, Walker’s budget was startling in so many ways....

    09/20/2011 5:33:02 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sept 20, 2011 | Becket Adams
    What You’re Not Hearing About the New Jobs Bill: It Overrides State’s Rights September 20, 2011 at 12:01pm by Becket Adams With the introduction of The American Jobs Act, Americans may soon witness a rerun of the Obama healthcare struggle. Much like its predecessor, president Obama’s newest bill contains certain provisions that would appear to benefit those who wrote the bill more than those for whom the bill was supposedly written. For instance, buried deep, deep on page 133 of the bill, it states: SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY. (a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not...
  • Obama’s Jobs Bill Ends State Sovereignty – Wake Up Governors!! (blog with a good point to make)

    09/20/2011 5:42:53 PM PDT · by Danae · 25 replies ^ | No date | AJ and Toddy Littman
    By: AJ for NoisyRoom Contributor: Toddy Littman Section 376 of Obama’s tax and spend “jobs” bill ends state sovereignty, turns our Republic into a dictatorship and destroys the foundation upon which our country was built. The fundamental transformation of America is almost complete.Read the bill. (Emphasis added) “SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY.(a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not be immune under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution from a suit brought in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this Act. (b) Waiver of State Immunity-(1) IN GENERAL-(A) WAIVER- A State’s receipt or use...
  • A Told You So Moment in Maryland

    09/20/2011 2:18:13 PM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-09-19 | Will Upton
    ...Maryland raised approximately $6 million in July from the increase in the sales tax on alcohol (from 6% to 9%). If the new revenue in July turns out to be the monthly average, it would add approximately $72 million a year, less than the $85 million projected, when the increase was approved.ATR sounded the alarm this past April, noting that the alcohol tax increase was poor policy. Simply put, lifestyle taxes on alcohol and tobacco rarely fulfill their revenue projections and are neither a sustainable nor stable tax base. When Washington, D.C. increased the city’s cigarette taxes, they actually saw...
  • What You’re Not Hearing About the New Jobs Bill: It Overrides State’s Rights

    09/20/2011 2:33:56 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    All information © 2011 TheBlaze LLC ^ | Posted on September 20, 2011 at 12:01pm | Becket Adams
    Under the bill’s authority, states are not immune from federal prosecution if they “violate” the act. In the event this bill passes, it will override a state’s sovereign authority as defined and protected under the 11th amendment.... Any state that receives Federal assistance under the direction of bill automatically forfeits its sovereign immunity....
  • Jeffrey Miron: States Are Underestimating Budget Crisis By Trillions

    09/19/2011 6:38:14 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Daily Ticker/YahooFinance ^ | 9/19/11 | Peter Gorenstein
    Jeffrey Miron economics professor at Harvard university and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute isn't so doubtful. He's out with a report of his own that states, "state government finances are not on a stable path; if spending patterns continue to follow those of recent decades, the ratio of state debt to output will increase without bound." Driving those costs he says are health care costs. "Things are bad for basically all the states for almost identical reasons," Miron says in the accompanying interview with The Daily Ticker's Aaron Task. In addition to the bad fundamentals, many states are,...
  • Your share of the national debt is $246,000, but state indebts can add another $23,000 to your tab

    08/17/2011 8:12:52 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 17, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Our current national debt is more than $14.4 TRILLION dollars and your personal share is more than $246,000! Using $40,000 as an average yearly income, this means our government has eaten through more than six years of our income. If these numbers were the only debt piled on our heads it would be bad enough, unfortunately this $246,000 is only our share of the federal debt. Depending on the state you live in, your indebtedness can be much worse. A new report from the Institute for Truth In Accounting (IFTIA) holds some disturbing news about how deep some states have...
  • Wall Street’s ride compounds states’ pension fears (Taxpayers to pick up the tab?)

    08/14/2011 7:09:04 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | 8/13/11 | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    Wall Street’s ride compounds states’ pension fearsBy MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press published Saturday, August 13th, 2011 ALBANY, N.Y. — Wall Street’s volatility has hit state pension funds just as they were beginning to recover from the recession, turning what was merely a troubled forecast into a potentially stormy future for taxpayers who are on the hook for billions in unfunded liabilities for government retirees. As for the millions of government clerks, engineers, janitors, teachers and firefighters in the retirement systems, they are protected by law or, as in New York, by the state constitution, to be backed up by tax...
  • Lawmakers Renew Push to Reach Deal on Cutting Deficit (Boehner: Deal in Place To Cut $3-4 Trillion)

    07/23/2011 1:56:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    New york Times ^ | July 23, 2011 | CARL HULSE and JACKIE CALMES
    Hoping to reassure markets in the wake of an angry breakdown in the federal budget negotiations, Congressional leaders raced Saturday to reach a new deficit-reduction agreement that Speaker John A. Boehner told colleagues could cut $3 trillion to $4 trillion in spending over 10 years. “We are working, and I’m confident there will be resolution,” Mr. Boehner told fellow House Republicans on an afternoon conference call, according to participants. “There has to be.” Mr. Boehner’s comments came a little more than a week before the federal government risks defaulting on its debts, a fate that could be avoided if Congress...
  • Unemployment rates rose in majority of US states

    07/22/2011 9:51:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies ^ | 7/22/11 | Derek Kravitz - AP
    Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in June, evidence that slower hiring is affecting many parts of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates in 28 states and Washington, D.C., increased last month. Rates declined in eight states and were flat in 14. That's a change from May, when 24 states reported falling unemployment rates. Twenty-six states reported a net gain in jobs in June, while 24 states lost jobs.
  • States Where People Pay the Most (and Least) in Taxes

    07/22/2011 7:48:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | July 21, 2011 | Charles B. Stockdale, Michael B. Sauter, Douglas A. McIntyre
    Different states tax their residences at different levels. In some states, like New Jersey, residents pay 12.2% as a percentage of their income. In others, like Alaska, they pay as little as 6.3%. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a report recently released by the Tax Foundation to identify the states where residents paid the most and least in state and local taxes as a percent of income.
  • House Approves Altmire Amendment to Restrict Funds for Gun Enforcement on Army Corps Land

    07/19/2011 6:07:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 18 July, 2011 | Altmire
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) was the lead Democrat on a measure that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today to restrict funding for the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to enforce a gun ban on land they own and operate. The amendment to H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, was introduced with Congressmen Paul Gosar (AZ-01) and Bob Gibbs (OH-18). Last Congress, the House passed an amendment by Congressman Altmire that allows individuals to legally possess firearms in any unit of the National Park Service or National Wildlife Refuge System, but not...
  • An Illegal Alien's Guide to the Top Five Best Places to Live In America

    07/12/2011 7:58:36 AM PDT · by Keltik · 10 replies ^ | June 30, 2011 | Bob Dane
    When “relocating” to the United States, it’s best to avoid states that have selfishly put the interests of their legal residents ahead of yours with laws that hinder your access to jobs and benefits. But many attractive destinations remain, endorsed by millions of illegal aliens already living in each. 1. California California’s state motto “Eureka” (I have found it!) aptly applies here. The state's population includes 3.2 million illegal aliens -- almost 24% of all illegal aliens in America -- have chosen the Golden State as their preferred domicile. Despite its $26 billion budget deficit, the state spends $21.5 billion...
  • 72% Favor Free Market Economy Over One Managed by the Government

    07/10/2011 9:59:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 08, 2011
    Voters remain strongly supportive of a free market economy over one controlled by the government and still think small businesses are hurt more than big businesses when the government does get involved. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters believe a free market economy is better than an economy managed by the government. Just 14% think a government-managed economy is better. Another 14% are not sure.
  • What does it say when a Russian president sounds more like a capitalist than American president?

    06/22/2011 10:20:30 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-22-11 | Vince
    In preparing for the 2012 election campaign the President said the following: "The proposition that the government is always right is manifested either in corruption or benefits to 'preferred' companies." He went on: The “economy ought to be dominated by private businesses and private investors. The government must protect the choice and property of those who willingly risk their money and reputation." Also: "Corruption, hostility to investment, excessive government role in the economy and the excessive centralization of power are the taxes on the future that we must and will scrap." Hallelujah! After three years of statist rhetoric a President...
  • How states are rigging the 2012 election

    06/19/2011 7:51:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/19/11 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we’d condemn it as election-rigging. But it’s happening here, so there’s barely a whimper. The laws are being passed in the name of preventing “voter fraud.” But study after study has shown that fraud by voters is not a major problem — and is less of a problem than how hard many states make it for people to vote in the first place. Some of the new laws,...
  • Amazon Sales Tax: The Battle, State by State

    06/12/2011 3:31:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 36 replies
    The Street ^ | 6/10/11 | Jeanine Poggi
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amazon(AMZN) is in the midst of a heated battle with states over whether it should be required to collect sales taxes. While this has been an ongoing debate, the dispute recently escalated as states look to recover deficits coming out of the recession. One way to do this would be through sales taxes. In the past, Amazon has been protected by a 1992 Supreme Court ruling (Quill Corporation v. North Dakota) that prohibits a state from forcing a business to collect sales tax unless it has physical stores in the state. While tax payers in...
  • California 48th in economic freedom

    06/09/2011 6:45:19 AM PDT · by freedombiz · 17 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 6-9-11 | Jan Norman
    California ranks 48th among the states on economic freedom, according to Freedom in the 50 States, a biennial study by Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Such policies matter, the study says, because “Americans are voting with their feet and moving to states with more economic and personal freedom and that economic freedom correlates with income growth.”
  • States Objecting to Health Care Law to Get Day in Appeals Court

    06/07/2011 10:07:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 7, 2011 | Lee Ross
    For the third time in five weeks, the Obama administration's legal point man for defending the president’s health care overhaul will walk into a federal appellate courtroom Wednesday to defend the controversial measure as an appropriate and proper exercise of the government's power. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal has steadfastly argued the law, passed in March 2010, is a necessary and reasonable response to halt the increasing costs of medical care despite claims by 26 state governments and the largest small-business group in the nation that the law's requirements are unconstitutional. Katyal is expected to tell three judges of the...
  • Be On The Look Out ~ Big Government Ripoff?

    06/07/2011 4:13:01 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 51 replies
    June 7, 2011 | beachn4fun
    I'm posting my situation on a thread in order to alert others to be on the look out of ways the government, especially the local government, may be ripping us off. I believe we are being targeted as fools to pay for our politicians shortfalls. I live in Maryland, a very liberal state which taxes everything, and am seeing signs they are desperate to raise money instead of ways to cut spending. Here is a situation I found myself in recently: I received a "final notice" for speed monitoring violation from the town of Forest Heights PD (Maryland). However, I...
  • Pinks Slips Coming For 450,000 State and Local Government Employees in 2012

    05/26/2011 2:19:51 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5-26-2011 | Mac Slavo
    Pinks Slips Coming For 450,000 State and Local Government Employees in 2012 Mac Slavo May 26th, 2011 In June of 2010 we noted that well known financial sector analyst and the woman who blew the doors open on the 2008 mortgage crisis, Meredith Whitney, was forecasting that two million government employees would see their jobs cut over coming years because of fiscal problems. It’s happening. Over 300,000 jobs have been cut in fiscal year 2011, and that number is about to increase 50% going into 2012: Around 450,000 people who work for U.S. states, counties, cities, towns and villages could...
  • States Rebel Over Deportations

    05/13/2011 8:11:34 PM PDT · by Palter · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 14 May 2011 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    Lawmakers and law-enforcement officials in several states are turning against a mandatory federal program that is a cornerstone of the Obama administration's immigration policy. The Secure Communities initiative is designed to spot and deport illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes. Under the program, fingerprints of people booked into a jail are transmitted to a database reviewed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. If found to be in the U.S. illegally, they can face deportation. Recently, such states as Massachusetts, New York, Illinois and California have raised objections to the program's real-world effects: Although designed to remove criminals...
  • States rising up to fight Obama land grab: Alaska, Utah file suit

    05/04/2011 1:06:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 5/4/11 | Michelle Malkin
    It happened with immigration. It happened with health care. And now, thank goodness, it is happening with the Obama land grabs. States are rising up to challenge federal abuses. More power to them. I’ve been reporting on the stealth Obama land and ocean grabs for the past year now. Quick review: Last August, I told you about the “Great Outdoors Initiative” to lock up more open spaces through executive order. This came on top on top of a separate, property-usurping initiative exposed by GOP Rep. Robert Bishop and Sen. Jim DeMint earlier this spring. According to an internal, 21-page Obama...
  • State retiree benefits gap grows to $1.26 trillion (not including unfunded health care)

    04/26/2011 3:07:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | April 26, 2011 | Tami Luhbi
    States are $1.26 trillion in the hole when it comes to their pension and retiree health obligations, according to a report released Tuesday. And taxpayers are ultimately on the hook for this shortfall, which soared 26% in one year. The Great Recession has wreaked havoc on states' pension and retiree health systems, the Pew Center on the States found. The report covers fiscal year 2009, which began July 1, 2008 in most states. States are largely responsible for this predicament. As tax revenues plummeted, many skipped part or all of their annual retiree benefits contributions as they struggled to...
  • Recovery proving uneven among states: report

    03/29/2011 8:58:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/29/11 | Lisa Lambert - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The economic recession that began in 2007 was uniformly damaging to U.S. states, sparing just one or two from its effects, but the recovery is promising to be uneven across the country. According to a special report released on Tuesday by Wells Fargo Securities LLC Economics Group, Nevada and Florida will take the longest to recover while two of the worst hit by the recession -- California and New York -- will recover fastest. "California seems to be known for its large and reoccurring budget gaps, but the state's economy may not be as troubled as headlines...
  • Lessons from the states. Prosperity reigns where taxes are low and right to work prevails

    03/29/2011 7:27:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/29/2011 | Richard W. Rahn
    “Fiscal crisis hits the states,” has become this year’s most boring and repetitive headline. But what is largely overlooked is that some states are doing relatively well - such as my home state of Virginia - and are, in fact, balancing their budgets without draconian budget cuts or tax increases. What are the well-managed states doing right and the others doing wrong? And what lessons could those running the federal government learn from the better managed states? The United States is a federal republic, wherein the Constitution gives most governing powers to the states, not Washington. The beauty of this...
  • States seek to outlaw 'bath salts'

    03/07/2011 5:12:52 AM PST · by crosshairs · 17 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 03/07/11 | BRAD COOPER
    The plastic packets are labeled "bath salts," but don't be fooled. Marketed with catchy, soft names such as "Ivory Wave" and "Cloud Nine," these faux bath salts contain potent powders that will get you high and could send you into a paranoid, delusional spin that might leave you dead. "It's kind of like fake cocaine, fake meth, but it's causing symptoms that are nowhere near fake," said Anthony Scalzo, medical director of the Missouri Poison Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis. The so-called "bath salts" are the latest wave of legal highs — similar to the...
  • Economists: State, local pension funds understate shortfall by $1.5 trillion or more

    03/04/2011 7:57:20 AM PST · by Qbert · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/3/2011 | Peter Whoriskey
    The pension funds for state and local workers in the United States are understating the amount they will owe workers by $1.5 trillion or more, according to some economists who have studied the issue, meaning that the benefits are much costlier than many governments and taxpayers thought. Doubts about government pension accounting have been voiced by analysts for years, but with shortfalls in state and local pension plans exacerbated by the recession, the push to refigure pension fund shortfalls has gained political momentum. The trillion-dollar gap arises from the government method of accounting, which several experts say significantly underestimates the...
  • State Pension System Liabilities

    03/03/2011 8:15:33 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    National Bureau of Economic Research ^ | March 3, 2011 | Laurent Belsie
    In Policy Options for State Pension Systems and Their Impact on Plan Liabilities (NBER Working Paper No. 16453), co-authors Joshua Rauh and Robert Novy-Marx examine 116 state-sponsored pension plans, including all of those with more than $1 billion of assets, to estimate the extent of unfunded pension liabilities and how that issue might be addressed. When states value their pension systems, they typically use a discount rate of 8 percent. The authors note that the principles of financial economics suggest using a much more conservative discount rate. "This means discounting either with a taxable state-specific municipal yield curve, which credits...
  • Expanding Medicaid will cost states billions: study

    03/02/2011 7:59:10 PM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | mar 2, 2011 | Lisa Lambert and Donna Smith
    The costs to U.S. states of the Medicaid insurance program for the poor will grow by hundreds of billions of dollars under the healthcare law passed last year, according to a report released by Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday. "This law, because of Medicaid expansions, has put a strain on state budgets," Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the report's sponsors, told a meeting of hospital administrators on Tuesday. "Medicaid expansions threaten to bankrupt the states."
  • Montana, Arizona and Tennessee Take the Lead on Broad-Based Nullification

    02/28/2011 5:34:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Post & Email ^ | February 24, 2011 | JB Williams
    (Feb. 24, 2011) — As the battle for states’ rights heat up across the country, Montana and Arizona have leaped out into the lead by introducing the first broad-based State Nullification Reaffirmation Act designed to return the power to the people and their states and rein in federal government abuses of misinterpreted power. The Model Legislation was researched and created by the Constitutional Justice Division of Wyoming-based United States Patriots Union. This model legislation aims to reaffirm and reassert broad-based sovereign state’s rights under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution by providing both the constitutional grounds and...
  • Obama Offers States ‘Flexibility’ to Adopt Single-Payer instead of ObamaCare

    02/28/2011 11:37:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Cato-at-liberty.0rg ^ | 2/28/11 | Michael F. Cannon
    Seeking to appease disgruntled governors, President Obama plans to announce on Monday that he supports amending the 2010 health care law to allow states to opt out of its most burdensome requirements three years earlier than currently permitted. It's significant that the president is finally acknowledging that ObamaCare is unworkable and will impose enormous burdens on the states. Or is he? A closer look shows that the president is not lifting the burdensome requirements ObamaCare imposes on states. All he's doing is proposing to move up, from 2017 to 2014, the date on which states can apply for federal permission...