States in Crisis

Jun 29: State budget cuts are sending college tuition at some public schools soaring. More
1:48pm: California budget deficit swells to $16 billion, from $9 billion in January. Governor Jerry Brown wants to raise taxes on the rich to prevent massive spending cuts. More
Apr 5: Detroit city council vote avoids state takeover, but sparks objections from unions, residents. More
Apr 4: Facing Thursday deadline, Detroit city council to again consider deal with state to avoid state takeover. But union and opposition has blocked agreement. More
Mar 27: Many states continue to implement budget cuts. Schools are cutting teachers, closing schools and eliminating clubs. More
Feb 16: Wisconsin and Missouri are using their share of mortgage settlement funds to bolster their state budgets and restore some services. More
Jan 18: Detroit automakers are posting their strongest profits in years, but the city's finances are a mess, and it could soon file for bankruptcy. More
Dec 21: Despite the fiscal challenges facing state governments, some have tax cuts on the way in 2012. More
Dec 6: Sears Holdings and CME Group are the latest in a series of Illinois firms to threaten departure over tax squabbles. More
Nov 18: Under major fiscal strain, Detroit looks to eliminate 1,000 positions. Layoffs will take place by end of February. More
Nov 11: Voters in Ohio repealed restrictions on union bargaining rights, but many taxpayers have already reaped the defunct law's benefits. More
Oct 27: State spending on Medicaid is expected to soar 28.7% this fiscal year as federal stimulus dollars disappear. More
Oct 7: A growing number of states are lowering their tax revenue forecasts as the economy takes a turn for the worse. This could mean more state budget cuts on the horizon. More
Jul 20: Longest state government shutdown in recent history ends with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signing the budget. More
Jul 19: Minnesota lawmakers to start voting on the budget Tuesday. Government shutdown will end once Gov. Mark Dayton signs the budget bill. More
Jul 18: Minnesota government shutdown still in effect as legislative leaders and governor work on budget bill. More
Jul 14: After two weeks of a state government shutdown, Governor Mark Dayton and Republican leaders reach a framework agreement to reopen. More
Jul 13: Because of the Minnesota government shutdown, beer company MillerCoors was unable to renew its registration, forcing the brewery to stop selling in Minnesota. More
Jul 12: Connecticut starts sending layoff notices to state workers after union members reject plan to save $1.6 billion in concessions and savings. More
Jul 12: Governors around the nation are trying to lure California companies away from the beleaguered state. Businesses are paying attention. More
Jul 8: A week into the government shutdown, no talks are scheduled between Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Republican leaders. More
Jul 8: Minnesota loses triple-A rating from Fitch in the wake of the week-long government shutdown. More
Jul 7: The government shutdown in Minnesota will likely cost the state millions in lost revenues. Lack of licensing renewals is hurting restaurants, medical professionals and teachers. More
Jul 1: Minnesota residents lose social services, recreation facilities and jobs during government shutdown. They aren't happy. More
Jul 1: Budget talks stall and Minnesota's government grinds to a halt. More
Jun 30: Minnesota, Iowa and Massachusetts don't have budgets in place on eve of new fiscal year. More
Jun 29: Limited state services would continue if there is a government shutdown in Minnesota, a judge ruled Wednesday. More
Jun 29: Democratic lawmakers in California approve a budget that slashes spending, but does not extend personal income or sales tax hikes. More
Jun 28: State and local tax revenues increase 4.7% in first quarter. Boost helps governors and lawmakers balance their budgets. More
Jun 27: California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers unveil new budget that contains deep cuts only days before new fiscal year starts. More
Jun 27: A looming Minnesota government shutdown could leave children and the needy without critical services. More
Jun 22: Metropolitan areas with the weakest economic recoveries typically lost government jobs, according to a Brookings Institution report. More
Jun 21: California controller finds that the budget lawmakers passed last week wasn't balanced. Therefore, legislators won't get paid. More
Jun 21: The streetlights are back on and parks are being maintained in Colorado Springs, thanks to a rebound in sales tax revenues and various cost-saving measures. More
Jun 20: California has spent $4 billion in death penalty prosecutions with 13 executions since 1978. By 2030 the bill will grow to $9 billion, according to a new study. More
Jun 20: The Florida teachers' union files lawsuit to stop the state from requiring them to contribute 3% of their pay toward their pensions. More
Jun 16: California Governor Jerry Brown vetoes budget passed by lawmakers. Calls on Republicans to support tax extensions or bear full burden of cuts to schools and public safety. More
Jun 16: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon diverts funds from higher education budget to pay for clean up after Joplin tornado. More
Jun 15: State lawmakers pass a balanced budget just before they'd start losing their pay. The new budget would not raise taxes, but would slash funds for education. More
Jun 14: State lawmakers propose a balanced budget just before they'd start losing their pay. The new proposal would not raise taxes, but would slash funds for education. More
Jun 14: Minnesota shutdown looms as governor and legislature lock horns over the budget. State employees receive layoff notices and state agencies prepare to close their doors. More
Jun 2: California controller says he will withhold lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a balanced budget by June 15. Voters instituted this requirement last November. More
Jun 2: Governors propose increasing state spending on Medicaid by 19% as federal stimulus money dries up. More
Jun 1: Rising state revenues mean officials have more money to spend. But some governors want to maintain deep budget cuts. More
May 26: Texas lawmakers restore some funding for schools and seniors. But advocates still worry that spending reductions will still hurt. More
May 26: Coal production in Central Appalachia is expected to tumble 40% in the next five years, which could hit jobs in West Virginia. More
May 25: Lawmakers don't renew funding for special courts to clear foreclosure backlog. More
May 24: State budget cuts force reductions in gambling addiction funding. More
May 20: Governor Rick Scott is determined to make Florida the most business-friendly state, knocking Texas off the perch it has held for seven years. More
May 19: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to slash city funding for the Bronx Zoo, as zoos across the country face sharp cuts. More
May 16: Governor Jerry Brown wants to hike taxes by $9.3 billion and cut spending by $2.6 billion. He calls his plan a 'roadmap to success.' More
May 10: Sunshine State residents would receive fewer weeks of jobless checks starting next year, under a bill passed by lawmakers. More
May 5: Tax revenue is coming in stronger than expected in the Golden State. But the governor says tough budget decisions still lie ahead. More
May 4: Gov. Dannel Malloy signs budget that raises taxes on income, sales, cigarettes and more. Get ready to pay tax on yoga classes. More
May 3: Republican lawmakers in Florida turn back Gov. Rick Scott's plan to slash corporate taxes. But they do exempt more small business from paying income taxes. More
May 3: Lawmakers balk at putting tax extension before voters in June, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to ponder options to close $26.6 billion shortfall. More
Apr 28: Gov. Jerry Brown is canceling the long-planned construction of a new housing facility for condemned inmates at the state's notorious prison. More
Apr 26: Skipping contributions and a weak stock market are mostly to blame for a 26% increase in the shortfall, according to the Pew Center on the States. More
Apr 15: Cash-strapped city sends layoff notices to all 5,714 teachers and non-renewal notices to 248 administrators. School district says it needs to assess staffing needs as the number of students drop. More
Apr 14: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hears House Republicans hail his budget cutting prowess - and Democrats attack his effort to dismantle unions. More
Mar 29: Gov. Rick Snyder signs a bill that makes Michigan the first state to cut benefits as states scramble to meet unemployment costs. More
Mar 28: Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman sent a letter to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn that said policymakers are making it harder to keep his company in the state. More
Mar 28: From a property tax hike cap to the so-called millionaire's tax, here are the top hot-button issues not addressed by the New York budget Gov. Cuomo hopes to pass this week. More
Mar 28: States must contend with a 21% reduction in federal matching funds for Medicaid on Friday. An even bigger drop is looming July 1. More
Mar 25: With unemployment trust funds depleted, states are looking to minimize tax hikes on businesses by reducing benefits for the jobless. More
Mar 24: A state agency estimates more than 146,000 private-sector jobs and 189,000 government jobs could disappear over the next two years if the House budget is adopted. More
Mar 23: A steep drop in foreclosure cases is roiling The Sunshine State's court system, which has turned to the governor for help. More
Mar 15: Promising not to raise taxes, Ohio Governor John Kasich opts to slash funding. He also is looking to privatize some state operations. More
Mar 14: Governors are cutting spending on senior centers, adult day care and other programs for the elderly. Advocates say this vulnerable population needs more help from the state. More
Mar 11: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's push to limit unions' collective bargaining rights has energized workers and the public. More
Mar 8: Gov. Tom Corbett chooses to close $4 billion shortfall with cuts rather than tax hikes. More
Mar 4: Governors are looking to roll back regulations in order to spur economic growth in their states. More
Mar 1: Gov. Scott Walker wants to reduce local aid by more than $1.25 billion, but says that savings from increased employee benefit contributions could total $1.5 billion. More
Feb 28: Battling big budget gaps, governors are asking the president for permission to drop Medicaid enrollees to reduce costs. So far, the administration isn't keen on the idea. More
Feb 24: While states take aim at public worker pay and benefits, coaches at powerhouse state schools continue to pull in big raises. More
Feb 23: Rhode Island's capital sends dismissal notices to all teachers as city and school district contend with major budget deficits. Most educators, however, will retain their jobs. More
Feb 22: Gov. Chris Christie wants to give tax relief to businesses and homeowners, while increasing aid to schools. But he would also cut funding for health and senior services and reduce aid to cities. More
Feb 22: Big cuts to education mean many teachers will lose their jobs. But some officials are going after teacher unions too. More
Feb 22: A plan to deal with an unsustainable budget gap would cut the number of schools in half and increase class sizes. More
Feb 18: The governor bans state agencies from blowing tax dollars on on key chains, stress balls, t-shirts and other freebies. More
Feb 18: Many states are slashing spending -- but not on their tourism marketing budgets. Virginia apparently is still for lovers. More
Feb 18: Governors and lawmakers look to limit or end public workers' collective bargaining ability. Officials want to make it easier to hike employee pension and health contributions. More
Feb 16: Facing a $3.2 billion deficit, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is proposing raising taxes by $1.5 billion. More
Feb 16: Gov. Pat Quinn offers lean budget, despite hiking income taxes by 67%. The Illinois governor wants to borrow big to clear stack of unpaid bills. More
Feb 16: As states slash funding for higher education, colleges and universities are forced to cut programs, and students are feeling the pain. More
Feb 14: Indiana was hit harder than many states by the recession, but it's managed to avoid the budget crisis. More
Feb 14: Some governors say cutting taxes is the way to pull their states out of the economic doldrums. But that means they also have to heavily cut spending. More
Feb 9: Standard & Poor's cut the rating on New Jersey's debt from AA to AA- as concerns over retirement benefits grow. More
Feb 8: The president's budget calls for waiving interest payments on states and federal unemployment insurance tax hikes on employers for two years. But companies could see tax burdens rise. More
Feb 7: Gov. Rick Scott would slash corporate income taxes and property taxes. He believes job creation will help the state close a $3.6 billion budget deficit. More
Feb 7: School superintendents say they can't absorb the governor's proposed $1.5 billion cut in state aid without major layoffs and reductions in programs. More
Feb 1: Facing a $10 billion budget gap, New York's new governor urges big cuts in state aid for Medicaid and schools, as well as universities and prisons. More
Jan 31: In his State of the State address, the Democratic governor urged lawmakers to let voters decide on whether to extend tax hikes to help close the state's budget shortfall. More
Jan 28: Repeated storms are draining city, county and state snow removal budgets up and down the East Coast. More
Jan 27: A rating agency gives a look at states' total liabilities. The numbers are pretty big. More
Jan 27: Public employees are the target of governors' spending cuts. They are facing layoffs and salary reductions. More
Jan 26: Gov. Deval Patrick wants to slash $570 million from the state's budget. It protects schools, but cuts deeply into social services, health care and aid to municipalities. More
Jan 23: Gov. Rick Perry wants Washington D.C. to stay out of states' affairs. But Texas, more than any other state, relied on Recovery Act money to balance its more recent budget. More
Jan 19: The Lone Star State looks to slash $31 billion from its budget after revenues plummet. Education and social services are hit hard. More
Jan 17: The crime-plagued city is laying off 163 officers and 60 firefighters to close a $26.5 million budget gap. Unions say public safety will suffer. More
Jan 13: State lawmakers passed a package of massive tax hikes. Businesses say that higher corporate taxes will kill their plans to expand. More

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