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    • HEADLINES: Virginia

      State budget to get boost of $18 million | 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.


      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.

    • HEADLINES: Virginia

      Ominous forecast for two-year state budget

      The Virginian-Pilot | by Julian Walker | November 22, 2013

      Virginia's next two-year budget is likely to be forged without much new discretionary money, amid rising expenses in core programs and under a cloud of federal uncertainty in this defense-reliant state.

    • HEADLINES: Maine

      Maine state revenues rise, but finance chief warns that federal shutdown, tax hikes could quickly darken pictu

      The Bangor Daily News | by Christopher Cousins | November 14, 2013

      The Legislature, as part of a biennial budget bill, temporarily raised the sales tax from 5 percent to 5.5 percent and meals and lodging taxes from 7 percent to 8 percent. Those higher rates took effect Oct. 1 and are scheduled to expire on July 1, 2015.

    • HEADLINES: Pennsylvania

      New state budget challenge surfaces for Corbett

      Daily Local News | by Marc Levy | November 13, 2013

      A drop in the amount of federal Medicaid matching dollars for Pennsylvania's services for the poor and disabled could be the latest significant budget challenge facing Gov. Tom Corbett.

    • HEADLINES: North Dakota

      Budgeting process far from straightforward | by Kyle Potte | November 11, 2013

      The North Dakota state budget is not just one big bucket the Legislature fills with tax dollars. It's more of a network of more than 75 buckets - each a different size, each that gets its own attention and funding.

    • HEADLINES: Missouri

      Formula may boost federal share of Missouri's Medicaid budget | by Virginia Young | October 29, 2013

      The complex federal formula makes it hard to make any sweeping statements and state budget officials and health care economists said that they were still puzzling over reasons for the shift.


      States hit hardest by the shutdown

      USA Today | by Elaine S. Povich | October 24, 2013

      States with large military installations and major research institutions will suffer the greatest economic hit from the 16-day federal shutdown, according to new estimates from Moody's Analytics.

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      Federal Aid to States Dips Slightly, But Remains High

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | February 17, 2015

      Money from the federal government still generates over 30% of the general revenue in the majority of states.


      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.


      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.


      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.


      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 Maine’s 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.


      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.