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    • HEADLINES: North Dakota, Utah

      The Feds Need To Let Up, And Give To Utah What Is Utah's

      Forbes | by Bob Williams | August 29, 2013

      The federal government still owns one-quarter of the nation's land, the vast majority of which is in western states, where Washington, D.C., owns more than half the land. The cause for concern comes when government reach is too big and too intrusive.

    • HEADLINES: Idaho, California, Oregon, Nevada

      Fire season stretches state budgets

      The Washington Post | by Reid Wilson | August 23, 2013

      An unusually active fire season fueled by parched forests across the western United States has those states shelling out tens of millions of dollars to protect tens of millions of acres of state and federal land, according to fire officials.

    • HEADLINES

      States brace for new round of sequester cuts

      USA Today | by Elaine S. Povich | August 22, 2013

      States have been forced to gear up for a potential second round of across-the-board federal spending cuts after Congress left for its summer recess without a budget deal.

    • HEADLINES: California

      State pension changes imperil transit money

      The Ventura Couny Star | August 16, 2013

      Public pension changes supported by Gov. Jerry Brown could cost the state billions of dollars intended for transit projects, according to the federal government.

    • HEADLINES

      States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb

      NPR | by Jeff Brady | August 16, 2013

      On top of the federal gas tax, each state levies its own tax, mostly to pay for roads. These range from 8 cents a gallon in Alaska to about 50 cents a gallon in New York. State lawmakers have been searching for ways to make up the lost revenue.

    • HEADLINES: Iowa

      Budget cuts force layoffs at state job agency

      The Des Moines Register | by William Petroski | July 18, 2013

      Thirty employees of Iowa Workforce Development, the state's employment services agency, are receiving layoff notices this week, a situation state officials blame on federal sequestration budget cuts.

    • HEADLINES

      Hatch's Senate bill aims to save state and local pensions

      by Cory Eucalitto | July 12, 2013

      The portion of the bill garnering the most attention would create the option for state and municipal governments to voluntarily turn their pension plans over to life insurers and other annuity providers.

    • HEADLINES: Pennsylvania

      Final piece of state budget will go back to the state House, again

      The Pennsylvania Independent | by Eric Boehm | July 5, 2013

      The House has already headed home for the summer and will have to schedule a new session day later in July to deal with the bill.

    • HEADLINES: Ohio

      Medicaid expansion unlikely to be in budget, but it's far from dead

      The Cleveland Plain Dealer | by Robert Higgs | June 10, 2013

      The Kasich administration is in the position of dickering with lawmakers over what shape the program could take while dickering with the federal government on what it would find acceptable.

    • HEADLINES

      What if the Internet Sales Tax Doesn't Make it Through Congress?

      The National Journal | by Brian Fung | May 7, 2013

      Some states are so anxious for the anticipated revenues they've already committed the money to various projects.


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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.