06/30/14 01:00 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) says the spending plan Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law is a "broken budget." In a statement Monday, Rauner says there should be structural reforms to "shake up" the way Springfield does business. Rauner has released...
By Associated Press | 06/30/14 08:34 AM
Gov. Chris Christie is expected to sign a state budget, but not before doing major surgery to it with line-item vetoes.
By Marc Levy | 06/30/14 08:30 AM
A $29.1 billion Pennsylvania state government budget plan held together by a patchwork of cash diversions and other maneuvers was poised for its first floor votes Monday, the last day of the fiscal year after a rocky spring session for Republican majorities.
06/29/14 11:45 AM
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City started the year with 12 casinos. By Labor Day, it could be down to nine. For years, economists and analysts talked in theoretical terms about "casino saturation" in the northeastern United States. But there's nothing theoretical about what's happening...
By Mark Tapscott | 06/29/14 11:42 AM
Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute has launched a great new tool for understanding federal spending trends since 1970. It's the "Make Your Own Spending Chart" interactive on downsizinggovernment.org. You just check whichever federal department you want to graph and it appears on the chart...
By Scott Beaulier | 06/26/14 04:35 PM
Under "defined benefit" retirement programs, public employees have been promised more money than states can ever afford to pay.
By Lisa Ruhl | 06/25/14 03:06 PM
With the news Wednesday morning that the economy shrank by 2.9 percent in the first three months of 2014, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tackled issues he believes will help turn those numbers around.
By David A. Lieb | 06/25/14 08:53 AM
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed or froze more than $1.1 billion in spending Tuesday, citing concerns about declining revenues and the potential for new tax breaks to drain state dollars even further.
By Peter Jackson | 06/25/14 08:51 AM
Republicans on the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a spending blueprint that would hold the line on taxes, but would scale back increases for education and human services proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett while relying heavily on the unlikely sell-off of the state's...
By Associated Press | 06/25/14 08:49 AM
A judge is set to hear arguments over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to use pension payments to balance the budget.
By Ashe Schow | 06/24/14 06:34 PM
Either Democrats are still not over last October's government shutdown or they're seriously out of campaign ideas, because they just sent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a bill for $24 billion - the estimated cost of the shutdown.
By Steve Chapman | 06/23/14 10:28 AM
The government normally doesn't care whether you or I accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic vacations. But President Obama feels no hesitation in concluding that the cost of higher education has placed "too big a debt load on too many young people." Therefore,...
By Judy Lin | 06/23/14 07:56 AM
California has been praised by health advocates for its early embrace of the federal health care expansion, but the new state budget has raised questions about its commitment to getting the poorest residents into doctors' offices and dentists' chairs.
By Erika Niedowski | 06/23/14 07:53 AM
Rhode Island's General Assembly adjourned for the year early Saturday after pushing through legislation outlining a plan to expand gambling in Newport and scores of other bills, including one suspending the use of standardized tests as a graduation requirement.
By Timothy P. Carney | 06/20/14 05:30 PM
Mississippi voters can help their state's economy this Tuesday by sending Sen. Thad Cochran into retirement.
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