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    • HEADLINES: New York

      NY gets federal OK to reinvest $8B in Medicaid savings

      The Albany Times Union | by Claire Hughes | April 15, 2014

      The long-awaited waiver is $2 billion short of what the state had asked for in 2012.

    • HEADLINES

      State government dependence on federal funding growing at alarming rate

      The Washington Examiner | by David Freddoso | April 15, 2014

      This trend of increased state dependency on Washington reduces state and local control, while threatening the states' long-run autonomy.

    • HEADLINES

      Increased federal aid to states is a long term trend

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams, Joe Luppino-Esposito | March 26, 2014

      State Budget Solutions’ analysis of the latest data shows that, between 2001 and 2012, the percentage of general revenue dollars coming from the federal government increased in 41 states. Click here to see how much your state gets from the feds.

    • HEADLINES: Idaho

      Federal dollars account for 36 percent of state's budget

      The Idaho Reporter | by Dustin Hurst | February 12, 2014

      But while the Legislature might use one hand to push back against Uncle Sam, the other is wide open, searching for any type of cash handout it can get.

    • HEADLINES: Vermont

      Medicaid, housing up for boost in state budget

      The Barre Montpeleier Times Argus | January 23, 2014

      The Vermont House is set to consider an annual midyear budget adjustment today that deviates very little from Gov. Peter Shumlin's proposal.

    • HEADLINES: Rhode Island

      Chafee's $8.5B budget holds tax rates, boosts K-12

      WPRI.com | by Ted Nesi | January 16, 2014

      The governor's proposed budget would increase Rhode Island's state spending by 4% to $8.5 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year that starts July 1, with about a third of the money coming from the federal government.

    • HEADLINES: Virginia

      State budget to get boost of $18 million

      Fredericksburg.com | by Chelyn Davis | December 31, 2013

      Virginia's budget will see an $18 million boost this year thanks to a federal bonus for enrolling more children in a government health insurance program.

    • HEADLINES: Pennsylvania

      Pennsylvania budget sees big shortfall

      Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | by Kate Giammarise | December 23, 2013

      Because of rising pension and Medicaid costs, reduced federal Medicaid dollars and a loss of tobacco settlement money, Pennsylvania is facing a $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion budget shortfall.

    • HEADLINES

      Though Revenue Growth Is Slowing, States See More Budget Stability, Report Finds

      The New York Times | by Rick Lyman | December 11, 2013

      The federal cuts known as sequestration and the partial government shutdown added uncertainty to budget projections, he said, as did soft consumer spending.

    • HEADLINES: Utah

      Utah will have more to spend in new budget year

      The Deseret News | by Lisa Riley Roach | November 26, 2013

      There will be $206 million in new revenue to spend in the new budget year that begins July 1, 2014, plus another $132 million in surplus funds, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Monday.


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    • 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

      States' Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

      U.S. Government Accountability Office | August 1, 2012

      The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, made significant changes to the way eligibility for the Medicaid program will be determined and who the program will cover. State governments will play a key role in implementing many aspects of this reform, which must be in place by the beginning of 2014. States will need to address the financial implications of implementing this Medicaid expansion and accompanying enrollment systems.

    • RESEARCH

      Spring 2012 Fiscal Survey of States

      States will face particularly intense budgetary challenges in education and health care in fiscal 2013, putting pressure on all budget areas - including corrections and infrastructure. As budgets face strain from slow revenue growth and expenditure pressures, states will likely confront tough budgetary choices in the next fiscal year.

    • SOLUTIONS

      Health Care Compact is real way to reform health care system

      by Keli Carender, Shonda Werry | March 26, 2012

      The Health Care Compact is an interstate compact - which is really just "an agreement between two or more states that is consented to by Congress" - that would return the authority and the responsibility to regulate health care back to the member states.

    • SOLUTIONS: Maine

      Fixing Maineís Welfare System

      Maine Heritage Policy Center | December 7, 2011

      Fixing Maine's welfare system requires embracing a Wisconsin-style approach and keeping the system focused on promoting work and self-sufficiency. Maine's current welfare system does just the opposite, trapping people and families in poverty and promoting dependence and an overreliance on government.

    • SOLUTIONS: South Carolina

      Ditching No Child Left Behind - all of it

      The South Carolina Policy Council | December 2, 2011

      South Carolina should refuse federal No Child Left Behind Funds and the accompanying mandates and find a way to fund poor school districts adequately.

    • SOLUTIONS

      Breaking the Cycle of Federal Dependency

      State Budget Solutions | by Kristen De Pena | November 22, 2011

      In the wake of the failures of the famed "Super Committee," $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts go into effect in 2013, and those cuts will undoubtedly impact state budets.  Although multi-faceted, the problem is clear: states must learn to fend for themselves financially.

    • SOLUTIONS: Nebraska

      Medicaid The Need for Medicaid Reform Grows Larger After Obamacare

      The Platte Institute | by Brian Blasé and C.L. Gray, M.D. | August 1, 2011

      Replacing the current federal financing structure of Medicaid with fixed allotments to the states would help save both state and federal budgets. Without this policy change, states will dig further budgetary holes and the federal government will face an increased likelihood of a debt crisis.  If states received a non-fungible Medicaid block grant from the federal government rather than fungible matching funds, each state would have the incentive to reign in Medicaid spending.  If states were freed from the myriad federal mandates (such as the “maintenance of effort” clause of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) they would gain the ability to run Medicaid efficiently.