GovBeat: budget


Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Health care spending still rising for states and cities

Federal spending growth is slowing, but state and local spending is up.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, health care, newsletter, States

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/28/2014

How the federal government could get a 270x return on a prison reform investment

A federal program to spur state prison reforms could help save $4.6 billion.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arkansas, budget, Hawaii, newsletter, prisons, spending, States

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/21/2014

New Mexico session preview: Lowered expectations

A budget surplus takes pressure off the state legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Marijuana, minimum wage, New Mexico, States

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 06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Alaska Session Preview: What to do about a $2 billion revenue hole

The $2 billion dip in revenues is the result of new oil tax cuts as well as dropping prices and production.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, legislature, legislatures, Revenue

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, 01/15/2014

Hawaii Session Preview: Lawmakers return today to talk cooling schools

The state will take up policies both familiar and unique.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, Hawaii, health care, Healthcare, legislature, legislatures, obamacare, session preview

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 01/14/2014

South Dakota Session Preview: Making peace, with cash

A budget windfall will help make the peace in South Dakota.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:33 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, medicaid expansion, obamacare, session preview, South Dakota, States

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 12:00 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Iowa Session Preview: Looking to November

A raft of top-tier races this November has legislators wary of taking up an ambitious agenda.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, campaigns, elections, Iowa, session preview, taxes

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Washington Session Preview: It’s Rodney Tom’s world

Two Democrats who caucus with Republicans will drive the agenda -- for the moment.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:19 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, pensions, session preview, States, taxes, washington

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Kentucky session preview: Rolling the dice

Casino gambling could be the answer to Kentucky’s budget woes.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, casinos, gambling, Kentucky, session preview, States, taxes

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Vermont Session Preview: A budget gap and a heroin crisis

As Vermont’s lawmakers reconvene, two issues loom large: a $70 million budget gap and widespread drug abuse.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, deficit, drug use, drugs, session preview, VERMONT

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Brown proposes billions in new spending, cautiously, as economy improves

Brown’s proposal includes $10 billion in added school funding, but some Democratic pet projects are left out.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California, economy, education, high-speed rail, newsletter, States, Transportation

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Rhode Island Session Preview: A tough ‘hangover’ awaits lawmakers

Ocean State voters may remember some of this year’s fights from 2013.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, income inequality, pension, pension reform, pensions, Poverty, Rhode Island, session preview, tax, tax reform, taxes

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Session Preview: Pennsylvania GOP looks to close a deficit in an election year

Republicans will have to navigate a political minefield of spending cuts and tax hikes as they seek to close a budget hole.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, deficit, deficits, education, Pennsylvania, pension, pension reform, pensions, session preview

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Session preview: Colorado’s (limited) bipartisanship

Colorado legislators will work together on education funding, and against each other everywhere else.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, education, gun control, gun rights, session preview, States

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: Ohio could tackle economic, gun and election policies

Ohio’s legislature has a lot on its plate this year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Campaigns and Elections, election, election law, election reform, elections, Gun, gun rights, income tax, Ohio, session preview, tax, taxes

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: A $5B budget and a Senate showdown in Mississippi

The Mississippi state legislature kicks off its three-month session on Tuesday, with a contentious Senate primary looming.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, legislature, Mississippi, senate, session preview

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: Nebraska governor’s last lap

Dueling tax reform proposals will dominate Gov. Dave Heineman’s final legislative session.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, budget, health care, medicaid, Nebraska, obamacare, prisons, session preview, States, taxes

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Session Preview: California’s new gold rush

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats will debate how to spend $2.2 billion in surpluses.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:19 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California, pre-kindergarten, prisons, session preview, States, surplus, water

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013

New laws coming in elections and social issues

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, elections, employment, laws, newsletter, States

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/22/2013

Colorado’s Hickenlooper wants to put school budgets online

Governor says disclosing school spending would show not all school districts receive the same resources.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, education, newsletter, States, transparency

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 09:07 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Wisconsin’s Walker thinking about ending income tax

The Wisconsin governor may be building a platform for a 2016 presidential bid.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:07 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, republicans, taxes, white house 2016, wisconsin

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Counties could lose millions if appropriators don’t hurry after Ryan-Murray budget deal

A Department of the Interior program worth millions to small rural counties isn’t funded in the budget deal.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:37 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Environment, newsletter, public lands, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

How states can get what they need from a frozen Congress: Ignore it

If Congress won’t act, make the case directly to voters.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress, education, Infrastructure, innovation, Oregon, spending

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013

States look to alternative fuel vehicles for efficiencies

States are increasingly turning to natural gas and hybrid cars to save on gas prices.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, Energy, newsletter, States, Utah, wyoming

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 12/11/2013

For Republicans, budget deal represents a defining moment

Republicans in Washington looking to reestablish supremacy over tea party supporters are banking on the Ryan-Murray budget deal.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:08 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budget deal, republicans, sequester

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 04:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Congratulations California, you may soon have billions more than you expected

If estimates are right, the state just saw its first positive year-end reserve in five years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Getting Connecticut’s books in order requires half a billion in state bonds

Gov. Dan Malloy is trying to use a more transparent accounting system -- but it’ll cost Connecticut some cash.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Connecticut, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Hey look, a grand bargain in Oregon!

Democrats voted to cut pensions, Republicans voted to raise taxes -- the system works!

By Reid Wilson  |  08:59 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, gmo, Oregon, pension reform, taxes

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 09/25/2013

States fear big losses if government shuts down

A federal government shutdown would cost state and local governments millions of dollars a day.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:01 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Connecticut, Maryland, shutdown, States, virginia

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 10:50 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Surprise! Florida just found $846 million in the couch cushions

State lawmakers there are already jockeying over what to do with it.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:50 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, deficits, florida, NASBO, Negron, Rick Scott, surplus, tax cut

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Per-student spending dropped by a fifth in Oklahoma and Alabama in just six years

At least 34 states spend less per student now than before the recession, according to a new report.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alabama, alaska, Arizona, budget, census, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Connecticut, education, florida, iowa, kansas, national association of state budget officers, North Dakota, Oklahoma, oregon, per-student, spending, student, West Virginia