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    • HEADLINES: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts , New Mexico , New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arizona, Illinois

      Williams Report - February 3, 2016

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | February 3, 2016

      State Budget and Pension News from Statehouses Around the Country

    • HEADLINES: Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico , Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wyoming, California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York

      Williams Report - January 27, 2016

      State Budget Solutions | January 27, 2016

      High-Tax States; Scary Pension Math; More Fiscal Headlines from Statehouses Nationwide

    • HEADLINES: Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts

      Williams Report - January 20, 2016

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | January 20, 2016

      State Pension Funds: As Broke As Ever; Illinois, Pennsylvania Budget Stalemates Continue; More Headlines from Statehouses Nationwide

    • HEADLINES: California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Oregon

      Williams Report - January 6, 2016

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | January 6, 2016

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      Swift Action Needed: Day of Reckoning for States Is Near

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | December 23, 2015

      At State Budget Solutions, we have long maintained that current budget-drafting methods are bringing states ever-closer to the financial cliff...

    • HEADLINES: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina , Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts , New York

      Williams Report - November 17, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 17, 2015

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    • HEADLINES: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina , Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington

      Williams Report - November 10, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 10, 2015

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    • HEADLINES: Illinois, Pennsylvania, Alabama, New Hampshire , North Carolina

      And Then There Were Two

      State Budget Solutions | by Sarah Curry | November 9, 2015

      It is now past time for officials in these last two states to overcome political their differences, and use fiscally responsible means to support the functions of state government today and for generations to come.

    • HEADLINES: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Kansas, New Jersey, Oklahoma

      Williams Report - October 6, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | October 6, 2015

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    • HEADLINES: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Rhode Island, Massachusetts

      Williams Report - September 29, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | September 29, 2015

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    • RESEARCH: Texas

      Report to the Governor and Legislative Budget Board on the Monitoring of Community Supervision Diversion Funds

      Texas Department of Criminal Justice | December 1, 2013

      Recent Legislatures in Texas have diverted some funding from state lockups to community-based supervision and diversions. Reallocating funding in this way continues to better protect the public safety and reduce crime, as a recent report details.


      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.


      Forecasting the Recovery from the Great Recession: Is This Time Different?

      The National Bureau of Economic Research | by Kathryn Dominguez & Matthew Shapiro | February 4, 2013

      Was the slow recovery of the U.S. economy from the trough of the Great Recession anticipated? 


      Public Servants or Privileged Class:

      Citizens Against Government Waste | by John Dunham and Associates | October 17, 2012

      State governments pay on average 6.2 percent more per hour in wages and benefits, including pension benefits, than the private sector for the 22 major occupational categories that exist in both sectors. This combination of excessive wages, pensions and other benefits at the state and local levels is wreaking havoc on public finances in nearly every state.


      Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors: 2012

      The CATO Institute | by Chris Edwards | October 9, 2012

      This fiscal report card on the governors examines state budget actions since 2010 using statistical data to grade the governors on their taxing and spending records-governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades, while those who have increased taxes and spending the most receive the lowest grades.


      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.


      Do Roads Pay for Themselves?

      U.S. PIRG | May 9, 2012

      Highways do not - and, except for brief periods in our nation's history - never have paid for themselves through the taxes that highway advocates label "user fees." To have a meaningful national debate over transportation policy-particularly at a time of tight public budgets-it is impor- tant to get past the myths and address the real, difficult choices America must make for the 21st century.


      Risk/Needs Assessment 101: Science Reveals New Tools to Manage Offenders

      The Pew Center on the States | March 14, 2012

      After decades of experience managing offenders and analyzing data, practitioners and researchers have identified key factors that can help predict the likelihood of an individual returning to crime, violence or drug use. When developed and used correctly, these risk/needs assessment tools can help criminal justice officials appropriately classify offenders and target interventions to reduce recidivism, improve public safety and cut costs.


      Reallocating Justice Resources

      Vera Institute of Justice and the Pew Center on the States | by Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Juliene James | March 1, 2012

      Most states are facing budget crises as they plan FY 2013 and beyond. With fewer dollars available, state criminal justice agencies are challenged to increase public safety while coping with smaller budgets. This report distills lessons from 14 states that passed research-driven sentencing and corrections reform in 2011 and is based on interviews with stakeholders and experts, and the experience of technical assistance staff at the Vera Institute of Justice. It is intended to serve as a guide to policy makers and others interested in pursuing evidence-based justice reform in their jurisdiction.


      The Price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers

      Vera Institute of Justice and the Pew Center on the States | by Christian Henrichson & Ruth Delaney | January 2, 2012

      Researchers found that the total taxpayer cost of prisons in the 40 states that participated in this study was 13.9 percent higher than the cost reflected in those states' combined corrections budgets. The total price to taxpayers was $39 billion, $5.4 billion more than the $33.6 billion reflected in corrections budgets alone.

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    • SOLUTIONS: New Mexico

      Resolving New Mexicoís $450 million Deficit (without raising taxes or cutting K-12 education and Medicaid)

      The Rio Grande Foundation | by Paul J. Gessing and Kevin Rollins | October 31, 2011

      despite constraints that are both political and self-imposed, we believe that it is quite possible to reduce unnecessary and wasteful spending throughout the New Mexico budget. In order to provide a guide for policymakers, the Rio Grande Foundation has compiled a list of specific budget reduction ideas.

    • SOLUTIONS: Delaware

      Personal Unemployment Accounts

      The Caesar Rodney Institute | by David Stevenson | February 28, 2011

      Less than half of Delawareans receive unemployment insurance benefits when they lose their job. The claims process is time consuming and demeaning for many. Errors in payment and outright fraud waste millions. There is a better way. Personal Unemployment Accounts (UA), run like a 401K or IRA, can provide an attractive alternative.


      Turning Unemployment Insurance into an Asset

      Cascade Policy Institute | February 26, 2011

      Unemployment Insurance (UI) and personal assets are safety nets; one is built by government and the other by the individual. Both protections are lacking: UI benefits are faulty - they increase temporary lay-offs, and delay re-employment for that minority share of workers who receive benefits, and individuals are not saving enough to help themselves in difficult times.


      A Plan to Reduce Prison Overcrowding and Violent Crime

      The overcrowding of prisons and the breakdown of the parole and probation system has become a serious problem in America. Criminals released early from prison-in order to relieve overcrowding-are often poorly supervised and free to commit new crimes once they are back on the streets.


      Rewarding Results: Measuring and Incentivizing Performance in Corrections

      Texas Public Policy Foundation | February 8, 2011

      In corrections, there is a strong public interest in producing the greatest reduction in crime-particularly the most serious crimes-for every dollar spent. Conversely, the criminal justice system should cost-ef ectively maximize positive outcomes such as victim restitution, victim satisfaction, and the employment of of enders as productive citizens.


      The Role of Risk Assessment in Enhancing Public Safety and Efficiency in Texas Corrections

      Texas Public Policy Foundation | February 8, 2011

      With limited corrections resources, how can Texas best protect public safety and reform offenders with every dollar spent? One answer lies in the more ef ective use of risk assessment for the more than half a million adults on probation or parole in Texas.


      Legislative Guide to Unemployment Insurance Reform in the States

      Both Federal and State Governments are responsible for UI. Federal law imposes an unemployment tax on employers, but provides that they may receive credit against most of the tax
      if their State has an approved UI program. This tax offset approach provided the original incentive for all States to enact UI laws.


      The Individual Asset Account: Turning Unemployment Insurance into an Asset

      Cascade Policy Institute | February 8, 2011

      Cascade seeks to initiate a pilot program that would allow employers and workers in Oregon to opt-out of the mandatory UI system and participate in an alternative arrangement of Individual Asset Accounts (IAAs).

    • SOLUTIONS: Nebraska

      Controlling Costs and Protecting Public Safety in The Cornhusker State

      The Platte Institute | by Marc Levin & Vikrant Reddy | February 2, 2011

      There are many solutions consistent with the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and public safety that have proven successful in empirical research and in practice on a limited basis, iincluding geriatric parole, expanding problem-solving courts, and creating clear criteria so that existing community-based residential corrections beds are used for diverting appropriate offenders from prison rather than as an add-on for offenders who can be safely supervised on basic probation. Also, spreading the use of evidence-based practices, such as graduated sanctions in probation, can increase compliance and thereby reduce probation revocations. This paper includes a list of such recommendations to further improve corrections in Nebraska, address the state’s estimated $968 million budget shortfall, and ensure that public safety is not compromised.


      ALEC Information on Prison Overcrowding

      January 28, 2011

      To address prison overcrowding, lawmakers should consider a new  program called "Conditional Post-Conviction Release Bonding." This ALEC concept would allow for the early release of legislatively defined participants from prison-primarily non-violent and juvenile offenders-but require that they post a bond. The bond would be revoked if they did not meet all the requirements of the program.

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