GovBeat: budgets


Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Most states aren’t very good at planning for the future

Just 16 earned high scores from a policy think tank for long-term budget planning.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, maps, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014

For governors, it’s okay to call it a comeback

Higher tax revenue means governors can highlight good news -- for now.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, budgets, California, Hawaii, Michigan, newsletter, Ohio, state of the state, States

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Snowstorms have hit New England state budgets hard

Some states are well on their way to spend more than planned to deal with winter weather.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, newsletter, Rhode Island, VERMONT

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Is your state solvent?

A look at a new measure of state fiscal conditions.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, newsletter, States

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Here’s a sampling of local projects funded by the $1.1 trillion spending bill

A roundup of local projects in four states that will receive a combined $20 billion in funds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budget deal, budgets, California, federal funding, washington, West Virginia

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 01/15/2014

South Carolina session preview: First up, dealing with a ‘mega potato farm’

Billions of gallons of public water are at stake.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:51 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, health care, Healthcare, legislature, legislatures, obamacare, session preview, South Carolina

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Michigan session preview: What to do with a $1.3 billion surplus

Tax cuts could be on the horizon.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, Michigan, session preview, surplus, tax, tax cut, tax cuts

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Maine session preview: Rehashing a Medicaid fight

A tough session awaits Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and the Democrat-controlled legislature.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:27 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, Maine, medicaid expansion, session preview

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Sequestration lost Massachusetts $2.2 billion, study finds

The state lost or failed to generate more than 14,000 jobs in the 2013 fiscal year, the authors find.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:22 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, employment, jobs, Massachusetts, Sequestration, spending

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 12/16/2013

McDonnell lays out $96 billion budget proposal

McDonnell’s plan increases mental health funding, adds to the rainy day fund and doesn’t raise taxes.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:48 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, States, virginia

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Energy states have the biggest budget cushions

Being home to a substantial energy sector has provided a few states some fiscal security.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budgets, Energy, North Dakota, texas, West Virginia, wyoming

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

The good, bad and ugly of the state revenue recovery

Tax collections in fiscal 2013 finally beat their 2008 peak, but things already appear to be slowing again.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, States

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/24/2013

State spending rebounds after hitting a 26-year low

State spending appears to be back to normal after a rare contraction.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, spending

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Cities report improving fiscal health

After years of recession, city revenue streams are rising again -- slowly.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, cities, States, taxes

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 09/23/2013

State reliance on federal dollars near all-time high

States are relying more on federal money than ever before -- and that money is about to disappear.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:20 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budgets, D.C., deficit, Maryland, New Mexico, virginia

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Fire season stretches state budgets

An unusually active fire season has Western states shelling out millions to protect tens of millions of acres of land.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, california, fires, idaho, nevada, oregon, western, wildfires