Debra Miller

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Approximately 40 million Americans received monthly food stamp benefits in 2010, up from about 26 million in 2007. Increased unemployment during the recession was a major contributing factor to the growth in the number of Americans depending upon SNAP. 
 

Three leaders in health will present during CSG's Virtual Summit 2.0 on Wednesday, April 13, at 3PM. The session, entitled "Encouraging American Innovation & Competing in a Global Economy – Health Care,"  will explore the policies state leaders can adopt to ensure that their states are fertile ground for high-tech companies.

From their viewpoints as private sector leaders, panelists will explore the policies states can adopt to help ensure innovative companies stay in place and thrive, as well as to attract...

Even as overall private-sector employment fell by 0.7 percent during the Great Recession, jobs in the life sciences grew by 1.4 percent, according to the latest state-of-the-industry study released last summer. Overall, the field of life sciences, which includes pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, gained 19,000 jobs in 2008, according to the report released by Battelle Memorial Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, known as BIO.

 

Even as overall private-sector employment fell by 0.7 percent during the Great Recession, jobs in the life sciences grew by 1.4 percent, according to the latest state-of-the-industry study released last summer.  Overall, the field of life sciences, which includes pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, gained 19,000 jobs in 2008, according to the report released by Battelle Memorial Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, known as BIO.

Vermont's House of Representatives approved a bill put forward by Governor Peter Shumlin that would create a single payer health care system in that state. The Senate is expected to approve the bill as well.

Gov. Shumlin said it would make Vermont "the first state in the country to make the first substantive step to deliver a health care system where health care will be a right and not a privilege, where health care will follow the individual, not be a requirement of the employer, and where we’ll have an affordable...

It’s no April Fool’s joke for states desperately trying to balance their budgets. A new analysis of enhanced Medicaid match rates under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act found the average state will lose 21 cents in federal funding for every dollar the state puts toward paying Medicaid bills beginning April 1. This decrease follows on the heels of a 37-cent loss states suffered Jan. 1, according to The Council of State Governments’ report.

A new analysis by CSG of enhanced Medicaid match rates under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act found that the average state will lose 21 cents in federal funding for every dollar the state puts towards paying Medicaid bills beginning April 1. This decrease follows on the heels of a 37-cent loss states suffered on Jan. 1.

The report looks at the value of the Recovery Act enhanced Medicaid match to states from 2009 through this year. CSG calculates the match in an easy to understand manner: for every dollar a state...

Medicaid matching rates to states before, during and after Recovery Act funding are analyzed. For every dollar a state spends for Medicaid, the average state gained $1.07 additional match for each state dollar spent under the Recovery Act enhanced rates. 

American pediatricians declared last week that teens should be prohibited from using tanning beds, according to CNN News. The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging its members to actively work for legislation banning tanning beds for teens.

At least three states have legislation filed to do just that.

 

Georgia


To see more state budget news and information, visit State Budgets 2012

Budget Background:

  • Fiscal Year Begins: July 
  • Frequency of Legislative Cycle: Annual
  • Legislative Session for 2012: Convened January 9, 2012
  • Frequency of Budget Cycle: Annual

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