Tag: Spending

Tag: Spending

  • Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii Governor Ige Acknowledges  Livability Concerns image

    Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii Governor Ige Acknowledges Livability Concerns

    The governor took note of several pressing concerns—energy, affordable housing, education, and income growth. However, many of his solutions threaten to aggravate the underlying problems.

  • Taxpayers in Every State Bearing Costs of Medicaid Expansion image

    Taxpayers in Every State Bearing Costs of Medicaid Expansion

    Was Medicaid expansion a fiscally prudent decision for state governments? As with most sweeping changes, it depends on whom you ask. Medicaid expansion, a part of the Affordable Care Act …

  • State of the State: Illinois image

    State of the State: Illinois

    From Illinois’ crushing taxes and regulations to the state’s fiscal problems, it is easy to see why people are voting with their feet and leaving the state at disproportionately high rates. If the Land of Lincoln wishes to stop the bleeding, Governor Rauner can’t be the only one with good ideas—members of the General Assembly and the general public need to get behind necessary reform efforts to save the state.

  • State of the State: Oklahoma image

    State of the State: Oklahoma

    Oklahoma’s economic outlook remains bright, despite the recent localized recession as the oil boom crashed to a halt. Rather than enacting these permanent tax increases, a continuation of temporary budget constraints more adequately will preserve the Sooner State’s economic competitiveness.

  • State of the State: Indiana image

    State of the State: Indiana

    Governor Holcomb should continue the legacy of his predecessors by ensuring a phase-in of the tax cuts, expanding educational choice, and minimizing intrusive regulations. But attempting to short-circuit organic jobs growth by redistributing tax dollars from the state’s venture capital slush fund strays from good government principles. Doling out favors to politically-connected businesses and attempting to centrally direct sector growth is not reflective of free enterprise. Indiana is well-positioned to benefit from previously enacted reforms. Now is the time to build on this progress rather than engage in transformative retrogression.

  • West Virginia: Governor Recognizes Problems, but Solutions Fall Short image

    West Virginia: Governor Recognizes Problems, but Solutions Fall Short

    If delivery and mannerisms accurately convey intentions, West Virginia Governor Justice possesses the best of them. However, his policy prescriptions generally fell short of practical solutions.

  • State of the State: Georgia image

    State of the State: Georgia

    Though much improved over five years ago, the current economic situation in Georgia is anything but peachy. In the annual State of the State Address, Governor Nathan Deal discussed his …

  • A Congressional Proposal for “A Better Way” image

    A Congressional Proposal for “A Better Way”

    During a recent address in the United States Capitol’s Statuary Hall, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other congressional leaders outlined “A Better Way,” a series of policy proposals mostly …

  • Spending Cuts and Tax Reform: Not ‘Heads’ or ‘Tails’ image

    Spending Cuts and Tax Reform: Not ‘Heads’ or ‘Tails’

    Insofar as state fiscal policy goes, taxes and spending are permanently linked as two sides of the same coin.

  • Keeping State Governments Open and Accountable to Taxpayers image

    Keeping State Governments Open and Accountable to Taxpayers

    “We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant’s books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind …

  • State of the State: Colorado image

    State of the State: Colorado

    While its growth comes from a friendly tax environment, Colorado’s budget woes come from an increase in spending.

  • An ACT to prohibit state agencies from obligating the state to federal maintenance of effort requirements image

    An ACT to prohibit state agencies from obligating the state to federal maintenance of effort requirements

    Summary This act would prohibit state agencies from committing the state to federal maintenance of effort requirements without approval of the legislature.   Model Policy Section 1. {Title} This act shall be …

  • Item-Reduction Veto Constitutional Amendment image

    Item-Reduction Veto Constitutional Amendment

    Item-Reduction Veto Constitutional Amendment Summary Currently, governors in 43 states have the authority to reduce state spending through the use of the line-item veto. This authority allows governors …