Recession Pounds States’ Budgets
Stateline.org’s legislative review finds state budgets in such dire straits that they are closing prisons in Colorado and Kansas, raising taxes on the rich in New York and even taxing bourbon in Kentucky — and the worst is yet to come.
With Crisis As Catalyst, State Governors Push Big Changes
Governors are using the economic crisis to sell big changes in how state and local jurisdictions operate, promising overhauls that could alter the face of government around the country.
States Made History on November 4, Too
Barack Obama wasn’t the only one to make history on Election Day 2008. Statehouses also broke ground on several fronts.
A Roundup of State Ballot Measures
Gay marriage bans were among the most closely watched of the 153 measures on 36 states’ ballots this year, a list that included scores of politically explosive social and fiscal issues including abortion, doctor-assisted suicide and various efforts to roll back state taxes.
Depressed Economy Wallops States
With calendar 2008 nearing an end, Stateline.org’s annual state-by-state review of major accomplishments finds lawmakers girding for big spending cuts in 2009 and beyond.
Escalating Financial Crisis Grips States
A week after President Bush signed a $700-billion bailout plan for Wall Street, the financial crisis has deepened in many state capitals with tight credit markets and new, pessimistic budget figures that pose the biggest threat to states’ fiscal health in 25 years.
Social Issues Crowd State Ballots
In a special to the Pew Research Center, a Stateline.org report finds more proposals that would appeal to conservative voters than to liberals are showing up in 2008, but no consensus on whether ballot measures tend to drive enough voters to the polls to give an advantage to a presidential candidate.
State Legislative Roundup: Sour Economy Limits Options In ’08
In a special to the Pew Research Center, Stateline.org provides its annual look at legislative accomplishments. It finds lawmakers shying away from major expansions of public health programs or preschool classes, short on highway funding and predicting even worse financial woes ahead.
Gavels and Gags: State Legislatures Adjourn
Many states conclude their sessions with traditions that are funny, bizarre and even poignant. With half of state legislatures concluding in the past two months, and several more to adjourn within a few weeks, the celebrations are in full swing.
States Aim to End the Electoral College
A movement is bubbling at the state level to ensure that future presidents are the candidates who get the most votes nationwide.