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Obama to Congress: Help keep teachers employed

President Obama urged Congress to renew aid to states and local governments so that they can avoid layoffs of teachers.


Red states versus blue states: Who’s laying off more government workers?


When a reader asked us whether “Red” (Republican) states accounted for more job losses than “Blue” (Democratic) states during Obama’s presidency, we decided to investigate. We used Bureau of Labor Statistics data and the help of the incomparable Lori Williams at Tableau Software. We make no judgment about whether reductions in state and local government jobs are justified--some readers might believe state budgets are bloated--but simply want to explore what has happened in the past three years.


State Senate hits stalemate on universal healthcare for California

State lawmakers deadlocked Thursday over a controversial measure that would provide universal healthcare in California.

Senh: And so the state fight begins for universal healthcare. The same old arguments for and against it.


State revenue rises, but not enough to offset cuts

College students clash with administrators over steeply rising tuition. Public employees shut down statehouses amid cuts to pay and retirement benefits. Teachers and social welfare advocates protest budget cuts. Lawmakers struggle to cope with sharp declines in tax revenue.


States to weigh in on basic health coverage

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U.S. health officials will allow states to select the basic set of medical benefits that must be offered by insurance plans participating in new exchanges mandated by the federal healthcare overhaul, the U.S. government said on Friday.


Federal government to help reimburse states for Irene damage

Hurricane Irene could cost U.S. state and local governments billions of dollars in damages, but funds from the federal government might ultimately cover much of this expense.


US weighing payment priorities if default comes

If the government can't pay all its bills come Wednesday, odds are it will pay bondholders. Social Security and Medicare recipients will be high on the must-pay list, too. Likely losers: federal workers in jobs deemed non-essential, private contractors and state and local governments....


Minnesota Governor Signs Spending Plan, Ending Shutdown

Minnesota Governor Signs Spending Plan, Ending Shutdown

After legislators worked all night, Gov. Mark Dayton signed new spending plans, ending the longest shutdown in state history.


States look to Internet taxes to close budget gaps

States look to Internet taxes to close budget gaps

State governments across the country are laying off teachers, closing public libraries and parks, and reducing health care services, but there is one place they could get $23 billion if they could only agree how to do it: Internet retailers such as


Schwarzenegger threatens to shut down state government

Schwarzenegger threatens to shut down state government

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed Wednesday to let California government come to a "grinding halt" rather than agree to a high-interest loan to keep the state afloat if he and the Legislature do not close the yawning budget gap in coming weeks.


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