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    Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

    Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

    According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

  • Headlines: Kansas

    Medicaid expansion in Kansas on hold until at least 2015

    Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | April 21, 2014

    If Kansas opts to expand Medicaid, it won’t happen until at least next year.

  • Headlines: New York

    DiNapoli: Some good, some bad in state budget

    The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle | by Joseph Spector | April 21, 2014

    New York state ended last fiscal year in its best financial position in years, but the state will rely on borrowing, one-shot revenue and uncertain funding to do it, a report Monday from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found.

  • Headlines: Maine

    Maine Lawmakers working to balance state budget

    NewsMaine.net | by Hunter Hackney | April 21, 2014

    Lawmakers in Maine have united on the issue of a new budget aiming to bring the state budget into balance amid much debate relating to medicaid expansion, tax policy and labour laws.

  • Headlines: Michigan

    House appropriations committee signs off on $36 billion state budget

    The Detroit Free Press | by Kathleen Gray | April 18, 2014

    The first action taken by the House Appropriations committee as it considered the state's $36.3 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, was to add $110 million to the Department of Community Health budget to fix a shortfall in Health Insurance Claims Assessment Medicaid reimbursement payments.

  • Headlines: Connecticut

    GOP: Cut state budget by $55M, stop 'gimmicks'

    CTPost.com | by Ken Dixon | April 18, 2014

    Republicans unveiled their alternative budget Thursday, offering to cut $55 million from the bottom line of majority Democrats while increasing municipal aid, reducing taxes on pensions and eliminating the state's Earned Income Tax Credit program.

  • Headlines: Missouri

    Missouri income tax cut goes to Nixon, with veto likely

    StLToday.com | by Virginia Young | April 18, 2014

    The Republican-led Missouri House set up a showdown with Gov. Jay Nixon over tax policy, sending him a bill cutting income taxes by $620 million and predicting a quick override if he vetoes it.

  • Headlines: Alaska

    House Approves $3 Billion Transfer To Pension System

    Alaska Public Radio | by Alexandra Gutierrez | April 18, 2014

    The bill uses $3 billion from the state's reserve funds to help pay off the $12 billion unfunded liability. It also directs the Legislature to put $500 million into the retirement system every year, until the obligation is paid off.

  • Headlines

    Rich States, Poor States

    ALEC | by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams | April 15, 2014

    Using years of economic data and empirical evidence from each state, the authors identify which policies can lead a state to economic prosperity. Rich States, Poor States not only identifies these policies but also makes sound research-based conclusions about which states are poised to achieve greater economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster economy.

  • Headlines: Maine

    State budget panel approves $50 million package of jobs, water bonds

    The Bangor Daily News | by Mario Moretto | April 17, 2014

    Maine voters could be asked to approve $50 million worth of bonds at the ballot box this November, if all the proposals by state leaders from both parties survive upcoming votes in the Legislature.


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