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Pennsylvania’s debt downgraded by second rating agency

One-time revenue streams plugged a revenue hole, but the move has rating agencies concerned.

How a budget fight in Raleigh could hurt Republican chances of taking back the U.S. Senate

State House Speaker Thom Tillis once again finds himself caught between two fellow Republicans.


What happened to all that deficit talk?

(Alex Wong / Getty Images)

It was such a big issue, but now all the chatter and media coverage appear to have disappeared.


In N.C., conservative donor Art Pope sits at heart of government he helped transform

(Ted Richardson / For The Washington Post)

Art Pope spent a quarter-century helping turn North Carolina red. Now he’s the state’s budget director.


House votes to block D.C. gun regulations in latest challenge to city laws

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) offers budget amendment that would block city’s restrictive firearms laws.

Moody’s: State economic outlooks stabilizing

Every state finished its Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget on time.

After years of cuts, state budgets show surpluses

After careful planning and years of red ink, many state budgets are producing surpluses.


D.C. Council votes to override Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget veto

(Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

Members thumb their nose at Vincent Gray’s budget move, voting 12 to 1 to move ahead with tax cuts.


Gray vetoes tax-cutting D.C. budget, ask council to forge compromise over summer

(Alex Brandon / AP)

Mayor Vincent C. Gray says lawmakers should postpone summer break until new budget is passed.


Virginia ends fiscal year with $439 million less in revenue than expected

It’s the first time state collections have dropped outside of a national downturn.