Tag: Budget Gimmicks

Tag: Budget Gimmicks

  • ALEC Alumni Address Taxpayers’ $310 Billion Unauthorized Appropriations Problem image

    ALEC Alumni Address Taxpayers’ $310 Billion Unauthorized Appropriations Problem

    Recently, ALEC alumnus and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (GA) joined ALEC members on a conference call to discuss free market solutions to federal budget challenges. Congressman Price discussed …

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    State Budget Solutions

    Every year budgets are debated and voted upon somewhere across our nation. The timing of state budgets generally occurs during the summer months, since almost all states have a fiscal year that begins on July 1st. This is the single most important job for a state government to accomplish each year: prioritizing public priorities by allocating precious tax dollars amongst competing claims by lawmakers, special interests and citizens.

  • The Worst State Budget Gimmicks of 2013 image

    The Worst State Budget Gimmicks of 2013

    State Budget Solutions has been keeping an eye on the bag of tricks employed by legislators and other budget officials. These budget gimmicks hide the true cost of government and set up states for fiscal calamity down the road.

  • California State Auditor Report Devastating for Pensions, Healthcare, More image

    California State Auditor Report Devastating for Pensions, Healthcare, More

    Utter failure to protect retirement security for school employees, an unwillingness to set aside money for employee healthcare, and budget gimmicks galore are just three of the crushing items highlighted in the California State Auditor's recent assessment of high-risk issues facing the state.

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    Budget Gimmicks Update, October 2013

    State officials have a deep bag of tricks to "solve" budget gaps. In reality, these gimmicks result in state budget that appear at first glance to be balanced, but looking past the smoke and mirrors reveals that they are very unbalanced.

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    Tobacco Settlement Fund Gimmicks Alive and Well

    States have been playing games with annual payments received as a result of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement for years. This budget season, officials in several states continue to …

  • The Most Egregious Budget Gimmicks of 2012 image

    The Most Egregious Budget Gimmicks of 2012

    State officials have a deep bag of tricks to “solve” budget gaps but they often keep budgets far from being balanced. This consistent habit of kicking the can down the …

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    Budget Gimmicks Used by States

    According to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, "denial" is "the refusal to acknowledge the existence or severity of unpleasant external relations." Many states are ignoring the requirement to have a balance budget and thereby denying the reality that deep and permanent reductions are needed in the size and scope of government.