State eNews, Issue #46, May 11, 2010

While some economists believe the national economy began its recovery last year, it will likely take years for states to see any respite from the economic storm wreaking havoc on revenues and fiscal stability. In the meantime, states have to figure out how to balance their budgets using controversial tax increases and program cuts—leading to intergovernmental disagreements, legal challenges and special sessions.

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.

A vital tool for policymakers across the region, Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) offer a snapshot of conditions on a number of issues. Published annually, the CDRs track a multitude of revenue sources, appropriations levels, and performance measures in Southern states, and provide a useful tool to state government officials and staff. CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, comparative revenues and revenue forecasts, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

State eNews Issue #43 | March 31, 2010

States want tax delinquents—whether businesses or residents—to get right with their departments of revenue. States are getting serious about collecting millions in back taxes because, now more than ever, they are desperate for cash.

“Obviously this is related to the cash crunch going on and states are desperate for this revenue,” said Sujit CanagaRetna, senior fiscal analyst with The Council of State...

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.

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