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    • HEADLINES: Nebraska

      Nebraska's Medicaid funding cut now $52 million

      The Sioux City Journal | April 22, 2013

      Nebraska is seeing yet another federal funding cut to Medicaid this year, forcing lawmakers to reduce services or make up the difference with state dollars before they approve a new budget.

    • HEADLINES: Indiana

      Indiana Senate revives Medicaid bill in state budget

      The Indianapolis Star | by Chris Sikich | April 10, 2013

      The Indiana Senate has included an expansion of Medicaid through the Healthy Indiana Plan in the state budget.

    • HEADLINES: Iowa

      Sequestration budget cuts cost Iowa $46.5 million, up to 200+ jobs

      The Des Moines Register | by William Petroski | March 8, 2013

      State government agencies in Iowa face the loss of $46.5 million because of forced federal budget cuts, but most Iowans won't see an negative impact on state services, the state's chief budget officer said Thursday.

    • HEADLINES: South Dakota

      Appropriations committee to begin planning state budget for FY 2014

      The Capital Journal | by Bob Mercer | February 27, 2013

      Complicating matters for the South Dakota state budget will be the unresolved matter of federal sequestration and how federal cuts might require replacement by state funds and how those cuts might affect economic activity.

    • HEADLINES: Montana

      Bullock on state budget: Governor prepares for looming cuts, Medicaid debate

      The Montana Standard | February 27, 2013

      Montana stands to lose more than $10 million in federal funding and grants if automatic budget cuts go through Friday, but Gov. Steve Bullock says he is not making any changes to his budget plans at this point.

    • HEADLINES: Minnesota

      Minnesota legislators brace for more bad budget news Thursday

      The Minneapolis Star Tribune | by Baird Helgeson | February 27, 2013

      Slowly improving economy and uncertainty in D.C. won't ease $1.1 billion hole forecast in November.

    • HEADLINES: Texas

      Automatic budget cuts could cost Texas $334 million in federal funds

      The Fort Worth Star Telegram | by Chris Tomlinson | February 26, 2013

      The Texas state budget will lose $334 million because of the budget battle in Washington, mostly in cuts to public education programs, according to an analysis presented to lawmakers Monday.

    • HEADLINES: New Jersey

      Christie unveils $32.9B N.J. budget that expands Medicaid, covers pension payment

      NJ.com | by Jenna Portnoy | February 26, 2013

      Gov. Chris Christie today unveiled a $32.9 billion election-year budget, including an expansion of Medicaid for uninsured residents, a $1.67 biliion payment into the state's troubled pension fund and a $97 million rise in spending on education.

    • HEADLINES

      As Governors Meet, White House Outlines Drop in Aid to States

      The New York Times | by Rober Pear | February 25, 2013

      In an effort to put pressure on Congressional Republicans, the White House warned on Sunday that automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect this week would have a devastating impact on programs for people of all ages in every state.

    • HEADLINES: New Jersey

      Christie's budget hinges on federal aid for storm relief

      NorthJersey.com | by John Reitmeyer | February 25, 2013

      Governor Christie is banking on the billions in federal aid for superstorm Sandy to help rebuild New Jersey and boost the state budget he'll pitch Tuesday.


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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.