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Vermont’s revenue forecast downgraded by $28 million

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, State Budgets, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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State economists project that Vermont’s tax revenues will be $28 million lower this fiscal year than originally forecast in January, mostly due to technical adjustments and a slightly weakening economy.

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Keystone State bets big on online gambling

By   /  July 15, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The state could net more than $100 million from gaming sites, but lawmakers won’t vote on the bill until the fall.

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Hold on, Austin, relief is on its way

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Texas  /  No Comments

Battling what it says is a health and water quality scourge, Austin's City Council is spending $272,000 of your money on two public potties, like this one in Sacramento.

In its ongoing effort to follow as closely as possible the folkways of San Francisco and Portland, Austin will soon provide two nicely appointed and staffed toilets for those homeless, incontinent, over-served and otherwise in need. The cost to taxpayers for providing these facilities is $272,000 for a year. Many of the details — the […]

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Johnson aims to stop DOJ harassment of voucher schools

By   /  July 13, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Federal Government, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has proposed an amendment to the fiscal 2017 spending bill for the Justice Department that is aimed at stopping DOJ from using Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act to harass private schools participating in voucher programs. The Wisconsin Republican said a DOJ investigation that began in 2011 into whether schools participating in the Milwaukee Choice Program violated the […]

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Texas budget dance begins

By   /  July 7, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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It’s that time of year again. Welcome to the Texas Budget Two-Step. The first step is The Letter. On June 30, the state’s Republican leadership — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus — wrote to every agency in state government, asking them to find cuts of 4 percent in their budget […]

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Mississippi Legislature gives Bryant authority to tap further into reserves

By   /  June 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Governor, Mississippi, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill giving Gov. Phil Bryant the ability to dip further into the state’s rain day fund by $60 million.

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