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    • HEADLINES: Michigan

      Shutdown impact to spread in Michigan

      The Detroit News | by Marisa Schultz | October 10, 2013

      Michigan is running out of time and money to float federal programs hamstrung by the government shutdown and may have to cut staff, jobless checks and food aid programs.

    • HEADLINES: Alabama, Alaska, Virginia, Maine , Maryland, New Mexico , Colorado, Idaho, Pennsylvania

      The States Hit Hardest By The Government Shutdown

      Forbes | by Susan Adams | October 9, 2013

      In these states, there is a ripple effect from furloughed workers cutting back, not knowing whether they will get a paycheck whenthe shutdown finally ends.

    • HEADLINES

      GOP Governors Chart Different Paths On Shutdown

      National Public Radio | by Adam Wollner | October 8, 2013

      Among Republicans, though, there appears to be some disagreement over exactly who's to blame for the latest budget impasse.

    • HEADLINES: California

      Jerry Brown sues U.S. Labor Department over pension law

      The Sacramento Bee | by Jon Ortiz | October 7, 2013

      As he announced last month, Gov. Jerry Brown sued the U.S. Department of Labor over its ruling that California's new pension-reform law violates mass-transit workers' collective bargaining rights.

    • HEADLINES

      If Shutdown Persists, Would States Be Reimbursed for Filling Federal Holes?

      Governing | by Ryan Holeywell | October 2, 2013

      Officials in the Obama administration on Tuesday spoke with state budget officers about how they should respond to the federal government shutdown, but provided little insight into what will happen if it lasts more than a month.

    • HEADLINES: Virginia

      Virginia prepares for shutdown's effects, McDonnell says

      The Roanoke Times | by Michael Sluss | October 1, 2013

      The governor said the state has several contingency funds that could be tapped.

    • HEADLINES: Michigan

      Government shutdown costing Michigan $18 million per day, budget director says

      MLive.com | by Brian Smith | October 1, 2013

      The shutdown of the federal government will cost the state of Michigan $18 million a day, the state's budget director said.

    • HEADLINES

      State reliance on federal dollars near all-time high

      The Washington Post | by Reid Wilson | September 24, 2013

      After years of declining tax revenues and federal stimulus payments, states find themselves relying more on the federal government for cash infusions than ever before. But thanks to the budget sequester, much of that money is about to vanish.

    • HEADLINES: Washington

      State's bank wouldn't turn away pot cash

      The Olympian | by Jordan Schrader | September 23, 2013

      The quarterly report from Washington revenue forecasters said they wouldn’t count I-502 revenue in their projections until the Liquor Board finishes writing rules and “an agreement is reached with the federal government with respect to the legality of depositing cannabis-sourced tax receipts into state accounts.”

    • HEADLINES

      Little Support Anywhere for Federal Aid to States

      The Fiscal Times | by Edmund Andrews | September 8, 2013

      You probably knew this was coming, but here it is: when asked how they would address the fiscal crises of states and municipalities, Americans strongly support "none of the above."


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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.