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    • 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

      Inforum.com | 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

      StLToday.com | 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.

    • HEADLINES

      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.

    • HEADLINES: Michigan

      State Budget Director: Shutdown End Was "Too Close For Comfort"

      WLNS.com | October 18, 2013

      State Budget Director John Nixon says he was "relieved" to hear Congress ended the shutdown, but says our country's brush with default was "too close for comfort."

    • HEADLINES: Florida

      Report warns that prolonged federal shutdown has weakened state revenues

      The Miami Herald | by Mary Ellen Klas | October 17, 2013

      The report, titled What the Government Shutdown & Debt Ceiling Crisis Mean to Florida, offers a general overview of the impacts the extended shutdown is having on Florida's economy with one bottom line: state revenues will drop.

    • HEADLINES: South Dakota

      State budget cuts for higher education boomerang

      The Capital Journal | by Bob Mercer | October 16, 2013

      Feds cut off grant that aids low-income students.


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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.