States Besieged by Budget Woes
Already, 22 states have a collective budget shortfall of at least $37 billion; if the current slowdown follows the path of previous recessions, 35 to 40 states could face budget cuts in 2009.
Presidential Calendar Boosts ’08 Govs’ Races
Voters in the Tar Heel and Hoosier states will be the first to consider gubernatorial contenders at the same time they make their presidential preferences.
Govs Press For More Money on Real ID, Medicaid
Meeting in Washington, the states’ chief executives made clear their unhappiness with federal standards for driver’s licenses and costly new Medicaid rules.
Govs’ Talks Target Clean Coal, Carbon Tax
Governors have few doubts that global warming is a looming threat, but have some major differences about how to address the problem.
Star-Struck States Sweeten Film Incentives
In their efforts to attract big money from the film industry states are offering tax rebates, no-interest loans and training credits. Come Sunday (Feb. 24), New Mexico may even be able to brag about an Oscar or two. Four films nominated for Academy Awards were shot in the Land of Enchantment.
States Take Sides in Stem Cell Debate
A Stateline.org backgrounder covers various aspects of the stem cell debate, including an interactive feature illustrating the main techniques used in creating pluripotent cells, a summary of ethical questions raised by scientific advances and a description of the evolution of related state policies.
Are States Prepared for Problems When Voters Go to the Polls in 2008?
Do the glitches reported during the Florida primary show that many states aren’t ready for election day? Two experts debate the question.
’Present’ votes defended by Illinois lawmakers
Obama’s former colleagues in the state legislature say that attacks on his ‘present votes’ show that either his opponents don’t understand how things work in Springfield or they are deliberately distorting his record.
States Vie For Stem-Cell Scientists
As the pace of stem-cell research quickens, seven big states are financing the science in hopes of attracting the world’s best scientists.
With Focus on the Presidential Race,Stakes are High at the State Level Too
While attention is focused on this year’s presidential election, races with equal or even greater power to impact folks’ everyday lives will be decided at the state level, including 11 governors’ contests, key legislative races and numerous ballot initiatives.