Federal Government Impact

How the federal government's fiscal decisions are impacitng state budgets



    'Supercommittee' failure worries Virginia revenue panel

    The Washington Post | by Laura Vozzella | November 23, 2011

    Washington inaction has Virginia business owners and legislators worried, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Tuesday, a day after a congressional "supercommittee"gave up on the task of cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit.


    Budget pinch could spell job losses for govt. workers

    Minnesota Public Radio | by Annie Baxter | October 20, 2011

    Positions funded by the federal stimulus package are going away. Hine notes that government has recently been one of the largest sources of job loss.


    States Brace as Supercommittee Targets $500 Billion in Aid

    The San Francisco Chronicle | by William Selway | September 19, 2011

    States are wondering just how much of the approximately $500 billion they receive from the federal government each year may disappear?


    Obama jobs plan splits leaders of strapped states

    Forbes | by David A. Lieb | September 12, 2011

    Perspectives on the president's job plan have varied by political affiliation, with many Democrats for it and many Republicans remaining skeptical.


    Obama pitches American Jobs Act: What's in it for the states? | by John Gramlich | September 9, 2011

    It is unknown exactly how much federal money states would stand to gain under the American Jobs Act, as the president's proposal is known.


    Gov. O'Malley: Tax increases may be needed in Md.

    The Washington Post | by John Wagner | August 22, 2011

    Gov. Martin O'Malley said Saturday that tax increases could be necessary next year because Maryland faces a $1 billion budget shortfall as well as great uncertainty about how Congress's action to reduce the federal debt will impact the state.


    State Departments Told to Plan for 30 Percent Cuts

    Nashville Public Radio | by Joe White | August 20, 2011

    Governor Bill Haslam has asked state department heads to prepare budgets that cut 30 percent from federally funded programs.


    McDonnell's $30 million fund "a drop in the bucket"

    The Washington Examiner | by Liz Essley | August 20, 2011

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday announced a new $30 million fund to offset the effects of looming federal spending cuts. But critics quickly assailed the new fund, saying it won't go very far given the massive federal cuts in store for Virginia.


    S&P: Local And State Credit Downgrades To Come After Budget Finalization

    The Huffington Post | by Harry Bradford | August 20, 2011

    State and local governments are likely to face credit downgrades following a finalization of the U.S. budget, Standard and Poor's said in a report.



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    Failure Looms for the "Super" Committee

    by Kristen De Pena | November 21, 2011

    State lawmakers and consumers fear rising interest rates, a double dip recession, and continued employment rate stagnation. As the super committee races against the clock, Americans brace for the worst.


    What's Good for ObamaCare is Bad for Minnesota Jobs

    The Minnesota Free Market Institute | by John LaPlante | September 12, 2011

    Medical hardware just happens to be a Minnesota specialty, so the Affordable Care Act has a extra impact on the state. It so happens that in this case, industry concerns line up with the concerns of a free-market advocate.

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    Lack of Stimulus Jobs Isn't Just the Fault of Bad Execution

    by Cory Eucalitto | September 9, 2011

    The federal government took the states out to a steak dinner neither of them could afford, and shot out the door the minute the bill arrived.




    How states should prepare for federal budget cuts

    by Bob Williams | Thursday, September 1, 2011

    By taking following Utah's lead, states can increase the transparency and make necessary plans so that they are prepared to manage whatever funds do or do not come from the federal government.


    Federal Gas Tax Should be Reduced

    by Bob Williams | Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    When the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon expires on September 30, 2011, Congress should lower it to 3 cents per gallon and allow states to raise their own gas taxes.