American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

With the notable exception of health reform, it’s hard to find a more politically charged topic in 2009 than the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus. For proponents, it is the bullet that brought down the Great Recession. For opponents, it is an $862 billion boondoggle that failed to deliver the jobs America needs.1 The public verdict is clear with polls showing up to 75 percent of Americans think the stimulus has done little or nothing to help them personally.2 The view from the states, however, is much more complicated.

South Carolina’s move to green has been mainly for economic development. The state doesn’t produce any coal, natural gas or oil and must import those resources.

State eNews Issue #45, April 29, 2010

When Congress included $4.73 billion for weatherization projects across the country, many in the states believed that was the ultimate “shovel-ready” project because a federal weatherization program with a funnel to states already existed.

State eNews Issue #44 | April 15, 2010

State revenues are down while the demand for services is up—leaving states in a very precarious position as they tackle their 2011 fiscal year budgets. The upcoming fiscal year will be “the most difficult to date,” according to a survey by the National Governors Association.

State eNews Issue #42 | March 17, 2010

Communication and cooperation among federal agencies and states are essential to the success of a national broadband plan, which the Federal Communications Commission released March 16.

That was the message Irene Flannery of the FCC and Cynthia Schulz of the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration delivered at the National Association of State...

State eNews Issue #42 | March 17, 2010

States are counting on Congress passing a six-month extension to the enhanced Medicaid matching rates originally enacted in the federal stimulus package. That increased matching amount—worth around $25 billion to states—is currently set to expire Dec. 31, 2010.

State eNews Issue #42 | March 17, 2010

While the debate over health care reform may be front and center on Capitol Hill this week, budget deficits and the jobs crisis that underlies them continue to headline conversations in state capitols.

Congress may soon follow suit. Whether health reform passes or not, Congress is poised to pivot to a series of bills, known collectively as the “jobs agenda,” which could have a direct impact on state...

According to a new CSG report, stimulus-funded green jobs grew by 70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. CSG’s original report, released in December, found roughly 13,000 green jobs were created or saved from when the Recovery Act was enacted to Sept. 30, 2009.

Community colleges are experiencing record student enrollment while states are cutting their budgets due to large deficits. Enrollment caps are limiting people's access to higher education.

State Medicaid provider rates were casualties of the recession in almost all states in 2009-2010. And despite the economic downturn a number of states expanded eligibility, increased benefits, and improved application processes.