GovBeat: spending

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 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

How states spend their cash, in 5 maps

For the third time in the last four years, states spent more than they brought in.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, health, Revenue, spending, States, Transportation

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 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 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 10:40 AM ET, 10/30/2013

State spending on prison health care is exploding. Here’s why.

A trio of factors are driving costs, but some states are working to rein them in.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Healthcare, prisons, spending

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 10/24/2013

The House overcame its earmark ban to pass a bill. Here’s who gets paid.

Nearly $8 billion will fund water-infrastructure projects in 13 states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:48 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Infrastructure, spending

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Should Denver and New York City implement a plastic bag tax?

Do taxes and fees on plastic bags actually accomplish the goals their backers promise?

By Reid Wilson  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Denver, New York City, spending, States, taxes

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

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

Budget fight could hurt Beltway-area local governments

Beltway-area local governments could feel the squeeze if debt ceiling fight leads to downgrades.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:25 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, investments, maryland, ratings, spending, taxes, virginia

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Ranking the states: Credit card debt

Alaska residents hold more credit card debt per capita than any other state, while the Midwest is more frugal.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:50 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alaska, credit cards, debt, iowa, Rankings, spending, States