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    • HEADLINES: Connecticut

      GOP: Cut state budget by $55M, stop 'gimmicks'

      CTPost.com | by Ken Dixon | April 18, 2014

      Republicans unveiled their alternative budget Thursday, offering to cut $55 million from the bottom line of majority Democrats while increasing municipal aid, reducing taxes on pensions and eliminating the state's Earned Income Tax Credit program.

    • HEADLINES: Michigan

      House appropriations committee signs off on $36 billion state budget

      The Detroit Free Press | by Kathleen Gray | April 18, 2014

      The first action taken by the House Appropriations committee as it considered the state's $36.3 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, was to add $110 million to the Department of Community Health budget to fix a shortfall in Health Insurance Claims Assessment Medicaid reimbursement payments.

    • HEADLINES: Hawaii

      Lawmakers to sort out state budget this week

      KITV Honolulu | April 14, 2014

      After the state revised its revenue projections, the Senate made cuts to what the governor and House proposed.

    • HEADLINES: Louisiana

      Louisiana state budget discussed by public

      The Times Picayune | April 14, 2014

      The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.

    • HEADLINES: Tennessee

      Tennessee House passes budget without state raises

      The Tennessean | by Chas Sisk | April 11, 2014

      The Tennessee House of Representatives approved the state's $32 billion budget Thursday afternoon, without once-promised raises for teachers and other state workers.

    • RESEARCH: Texas

      Report to the Governor and Legislative Budget Board on the Monitoring of Community Supervision Diversion Funds

      Texas Department of Criminal Justice | December 1, 2013

      Recent Legislatures in Texas have diverted some funding from state lockups to community-based supervision and diversions. Reallocating funding in this way continues to better protect the public safety and reduce crime, as a recent report details.

    • RESEARCH

      Federal Aid to the States 2008-2011

      by Kristen De Pena | February 21, 2013

      It is well understood that the federal government must make spending cuts-these cuts will most likely drastically change the amount of federal dollars that are allocated to the states. Unfortunately for most states, dependence on federal funding has continually risen since 2008.

    • RESEARCH

      Forecasting the Recovery from the Great Recession: Is This Time Different?

      The National Bureau of Economic Research | by Kathryn Dominguez & Matthew Shapiro | February 4, 2013

      Was the slow recovery of the U.S. economy from the trough of the Great Recession anticipated? 

    • RESEARCH

      Public Servants or Privileged Class:

      Citizens Against Government Waste | by John Dunham and Associates | October 17, 2012

      State governments pay on average 6.2 percent more per hour in wages and benefits, including pension benefits, than the private sector for the 22 major occupational categories that exist in both sectors. This combination of excessive wages, pensions and other benefits at the state and local levels is wreaking havoc on public finances in nearly every state.

    • RESEARCH

      Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2012

      The CATO Institute | by Chris Edwards | October 9, 2012

      This fiscal report card on the governors examines state budget actions since 2010 using statistical data to grade the governors on their taxing and spending records-governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades, while those who have increased taxes and spending the most receive the lowest grades.

    • SOLUTIONS

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • SOLUTIONS: North Carolina

      A Blueprint for Budget Reform

      Civitas Institute | by Brian Balfour | September 12, 2012

      The ongoing state budget "crisis" strongly underscores the urgent need for North Carolina to adapt significant state budget reforms, including putting North Carolina taxpayers back in charge of approving new debt, and forcing legislators and state agencies at reasonable intervals to justify all spending, not just spending increases.

    • SOLUTIONS

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • SOLUTIONS

      The Case for Reform: Adult Probation

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012
    • SOLUTIONS

      Risk/Needs Assessment 101: Science Reveals New Tools to Manage Offenders

      The Pew Center on the States | March 14, 2012

      State policy makers across the country are putting research into action by passing legislation that requires their courts and corrections agencies to use evidence-based practices. over the past few years, a number of states have passed comprehensive corrections reform packages that require the use of risk/needs assessment and are projected to save taxpayers millions of dollars.

    • HEADLINES: Connecticut

      GOP: Cut state budget by $55M, stop 'gimmicks'

      CTPost.com | by Ken Dixon | April 18, 2014

      Republicans unveiled their alternative budget Thursday, offering to cut $55 million from the bottom line of majority Democrats while increasing municipal aid, reducing taxes on pensions and eliminating the state's Earned Income Tax Credit program.

    • HEADLINES: Michigan

      House appropriations committee signs off on $36 billion state budget

      The Detroit Free Press | by Kathleen Gray | April 18, 2014

      The first action taken by the House Appropriations committee as it considered the state's $36.3 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, was to add $110 million to the Department of Community Health budget to fix a shortfall in Health Insurance Claims Assessment Medicaid reimbursement payments.

    • HEADLINES: Hawaii

      Lawmakers to sort out state budget this week

      KITV Honolulu | April 14, 2014

      After the state revised its revenue projections, the Senate made cuts to what the governor and House proposed.

    • HEADLINES: Louisiana

      Louisiana state budget discussed by public

      The Times Picayune | April 14, 2014

      The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.

    • HEADLINES: Tennessee

      Tennessee House passes budget without state raises

      The Tennessean | by Chas Sisk | April 11, 2014

      The Tennessee House of Representatives approved the state's $32 billion budget Thursday afternoon, without once-promised raises for teachers and other state workers.

    • HEADLINES: Massachusetts

      Massachusetts House releases $36.2B state budget

      Boston.com | by Steve LeBlanc | April 10, 2014

      House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey said the proposal is about 5 percent higher than the estimated spending in the current fiscal year and $191 million less than the Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed 2015 fiscal year budget.

    • HEADLINES: Arizona

      State budget deal sealed

      Arizona Daily Sun | by Howard Fischer | April 8, 2014

      State lawmakers approved a $9.23 billion budget for the coming fiscal year Monday as Senate Republicans agreed a spending plan higher than they had originally wanted but still less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer.

    • HEADLINES: Washington

      Who is the leading budget reformer in Washington? Olympia, Washington that is

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | April 8, 2014

      Although Washington's budget debate was simpler than in past years, lawmakers kept Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center busy with fiscal reforms and budget gimmicks.

    • HEADLINES: Florida

      Legislative budgets have money to boost tourism

      The Orlando Sentinel | by Jason Garcia and Jim Stratton | April 7, 2014

      Both proposals are less than the $100 million that Gov. Rick Scott proposed for tourism promotion.

    • HEADLINES: New York

      NY Legislature passes $140B state budget just minutes before deadline

      The Associated Press | April 1, 2014

      The New York Legislature on Monday passed a $140 billion election-year budget that will expand pre-kindergarten statewide and provide tax relief to homeowners and corporations.