Tim Anderson

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In the November 2010 elections, voters weighed in on a wide range of ballot proposals — from a plan in Indiana to cap property taxes and a workplace smoking ban in South Dakota to a proposal in Nebraska to abolish the treasurer's office and a new governor-recall law in Illinois.

The November 2010 elections resulted in a net seat gain of more than 25 percent for Republicans in the region's 20 partisan legislative chambers.

All signs are pointing to a revenue rebound for most states in the Midwest in fiscal year 2011. However, thanks in large part to a loss in federal funding, state lawmakers will face perhaps their biggest fiscal challenge yet in crafting FY 2012 budgets.

E-newsletter Issue #53 | August 19, 2010

In an election year that will determine who draws the nation’s political maps and also will serve as the first indicator of President Barack Obama’s re-election chances, no region of the country matters more than the Midwest, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Broder said during an Aug. 10 speech at the Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting.

The primary victory in Illinois of a little-known political newcomer has raised questions about how candidates for lieutenant governor are chosen — and about the office itself.

Study highlights striking differences in condition of state retirement systems.

Virtual schools offer the promise of equalizing access to quality curriculum and  improving student oucomes.

Iowa is offering an early-retirement package to state employees as part of its budget-balancing plan for fiscal year 2011.

Indiana tax relief measure will be on ballot; Wisconsin and Iowa have proposals of their own

The return of income-tax season has states making what has now become a standard pitch to taxpayers: File your returns electronically.


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