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    • Headlines

      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

      Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

    • Headlines

      State government dependence on federal funding growing at alarming rate

      The Washington Examiner | by David Freddoso | April 15, 2014

      Only 11 states depended on the federal government for more than one-third of their total revenues in 2001. By 2012, 24 states found themselves in this situation. SBS partnered with the Washington Examiner partnered to expose this trend of increased state dependency.

    • 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

      Rebounding economy fills state coffers with record tax revenues

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | April 10, 2014

      State governments collected more than $846 billion in tax revenue in the last fiscal year, the highest amount ever reported, as a rebounding economy boosted coffers hit hard by the recession.

    • Budget timeframe: Annual

      Fiscal Year begins: Oct. 1

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current state budget here.

      Find current state legislative leaders here.

       

      AL Gov BentleyGov. Robert Bentley
      State Capitol
      600 Dexter Avenue
      Montgomery, AL 36130-2751
      Phone: (334) 242-7100
      Fax: (334) 242-0937
      http://www.governor.state.al.us/

       

       

       

      Marquita Davis, Director of Finance
      Alabama State Capitol
      600 Dexter Ave., Suite N-105
      Montgomery, AL 36130
      Phone (334) 242-7230
      Phone (334) 242-7230
      Fax: (334) 242-3776
      http://www.budget.alabama.gov

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities

       

      Alabama is required to pass a "balanced budget." The Constitution of 1901 has numerous amendments addressing the call for a balanced budget. Of particular note is Amendment No. 26, ratified in 1993, which calls for a proration of state funds when the revenues actually received are less than the obligations appropriated by the legislature and approved by the governor. Moreover, the law calls for the fine and imprisonment of anyone violating this provision. Section 41-4-90 of the State law charges the Governor with watching drafts from the various state funds, and is mandated to restrict disbursements if they would cause an overdraft or a deficit. Alabama law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

       

      Individual major funds include: General Fund, Alabama Trust Fund, Education Trust Fund, Public Road and Bridge Fund, Public Welfare Trust Fund, and Alabama Medicaid Fund. The State budgets three funds: the General Fund, the Education Trust Fund, and the Earmarked Funds. It is not clear what is included in "Earmarked Funds." The Budgetary Comparison Schedules are missing several pieces of information needed for analysis, such as the net transactions, beginning balances, and ending balances. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      Find the state's bond ratings here.

       

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    • Unions :

    • HEADLINES

      Some state pensions in dire straits

      USA Today | by Dustin Racioppi | March 21, 2014

      Not making payments to the pension funds, or only paying a portion of what an actuary has recommended, is largely what got these debt-burdened states to where they are today, experts say.

    • HEADLINES

      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

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    • Pensions :

    • HEADLINES

      Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

    • HEADLINES

      Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

      by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

      While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.

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    • State Debt :

    • HEADLINES

      New data reveals amount of federal aid to states in 2012

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito, Shannan Younger | January 28, 2014

      Surprised to learn that state governments combined received 31.6% of their general revenue from the federal government in 2012, with one state getting a whopping 45.4% from the feds? Click here to learn what percentage of your state's general revenue came from Washington, D.C.

    • HEADLINES

      How states spend their cash, in 5 maps

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | January 24, 2014

      States spent more than they made for the third time in four years, according to new Census data.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • BLOG: Revenue, Budget Transparency

      Principles of a good tax system

      by Jason Mercier | October 14, 2013

      The fundamental building blocks of a good tax structure include simplicity, accountability, economic neutrality, realiability and fairness.

    • BLOG: Education, K-12 Education

      Tensions in Common Core debate are boiling over

      by Joe Luppino-Esposito | October 1, 2013

      The fight over Common Core State Standards started quietly but has become increasingly intense as states make decisions regarding its implementation and school districts address the concerns of parents. The debate has taken harsh turn recently, with displeasure with the program that aims to make educational standards consist across states for grades K-12 coming out in a range of ways, from nasty notes from a governor to an arrest for assault. 

    • BLOG: Federal Government Impact, Medicaid

      State attorneys general lead the federalism fight

      by Joe Luppino-Esposito | September 17, 2013

      One look at the upcoming cases before the Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeal would suggest that states and the national government have a destructively adversarial relationship. Should we be worried about this constant conflict?

    • BLOG: Education, K-12 Education

      Common Core can't pass the cost test

      by Joe Luppino-Esposito | August 2, 2013

      This has been a rough summer for Common Core supporters as more and more states leave the testing consortia due to high costs and uncertainty.

    • BLOG: Pensions, Federal Government Impact

      Senate bill highlights need for state and local action on public pensions

      by Cory Eucalitto | July 12, 2013

      Earlier this week, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) unveiled a bill designed to give new flexibility to state and local public pension plans struggling to stay afloat.

    • Headlines

      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

      Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

    • HEADLINES

      Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

    • Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

    • Headlines

      State government dependence on federal funding growing at alarming rate

      The Washington Examiner | by David Freddoso | April 15, 2014

      Only 11 states depended on the federal government for more than one-third of their total revenues in 2001. By 2012, 24 states found themselves in this situation. SBS partnered with the Washington Examiner partnered to expose this trend of increased state dependency.

    • 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

      Rebounding economy fills state coffers with record tax revenues

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | April 10, 2014

      State governments collected more than $846 billion in tax revenue in the last fiscal year, the highest amount ever reported, as a rebounding economy boosted coffers hit hard by the recession.

    • Headlines

      Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

      by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

      While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.

    • HEADLINES

      Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

      by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

      While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.

    • Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

      by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

      While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.