Mississippi education spending goes up while student performance flatlines

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Budget, Education, Mississippi, State House, State Politics  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Cato Institute

While funding for K-12 education in Mississippi has increased over the last 40 years, student performance has flat-lined, according to a Cato Institute study.

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Mississippi still spending, despite GOP control

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Budget, law enforcement, Medicaid, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

FLYING HIGH: Mississippi's state budget has the highest percentage of federal funds by any state, according to a recent report. PHOTO BY: CREATIVE COMMONS

Mississippi’s state budget grew for the third straight year for fiscal year 2015. The state will spend $6 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1, an increase of 18 percent from last year’s budget.

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These ‘numbers’ might fix high deficits in New Jersey’s budget

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Budget, Finances, National, New Jersey, News, State Budgets, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
If the Garden State turns to pot, would some of the state’s budget woes go up in smoke?
New Jersey is facing a budget shortfall of $526 million through July 2015, a reoccurring crisis that’s become an annual drama in Trenton.
“In the words of New Jersey Hall of Fame member [...]

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Give economic issues priority, Virginians say in Quinnipiac poll

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Budget, Medicaid, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a letter this year told budget negotiators Medicaid is the “most important decision” facing the Legislature.

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Pension crisis: PA auditor general warns of tax increases, bankruptcy

By   /  February 27, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget, Featured, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

ALL OVER THE MAP: Municipalities with less than 70 percent of the necessary funds to pay their pension obligations (shaded on the map) are considered distressed. (Source: Auditor General, using data from PERC)

Taxpayers’ public pension nightmares are worse than they seem, and local governments face the prospect of tax increases or even bankruptcies caused by mounting levels of pension debt.

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