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08/25/10

The Courier Journal:

Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday he’ll request that federal officials send Indiana more than $434 million in newly approved stimulus funds for schools and Medicaid, even though he opposed the legislation.

08/25/10

The Star Ledger:

After making a high-profile bid for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education reform money, New Jersey fell three points short of receiving "Race to the Top" funding, in part because of an error by the Christie administration in the state’s application, records obtained by The Star-Ledger show.

 

08/25/10

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Gov. Rendell on Monday proposed increasing dozens of motor vehicle fees and imposing a tax on oil profits to raise $1 billion to fund road and bridge repair and public transit.

08/25/10

The Sacramento Bee:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday the state should lower its sales tax rate and apply it to "all services" that now go untaxed.


08/25/10

The Press of Atlantic City:

A poll of the parents of New Jersey high school students said education was the top state budget priority and one that is underfunded.

08/25/10

The Bangor Daily News:

The state of New Hampshire is asking the federal government for $20 million in stimulus funding to help build a new bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.

08/25/10

The Bismarck Tribune:

Worried that developers might be cashing in on multiple tax credits, the Legislature’s Interim Taxation Committee heard testimony on a bill that would ban cities from overlapping districts that receive designated tax money for economic development.

 

08/19/10

US matches Indian call centre costs

By James Lamont in New Delhi and Joe Leahy in Mumbai

Published: August 17 2010 19:12 | Last updated: August 17 2010 21:44

Call centre workers are becoming as cheap to hire in the US as they are in India, according to the head of the country’s largest business process outsourcing company.

High unemployment levels have driven down wages for some low-skilled outsourcing services in some parts of the US, particularly among the Hispanic population.

08/19/10

It's the first day at Creighton Elementary School, and kids are lined up at the gates an hour before the bell is to ring, their freshly washed faces pressed against the bars. They are a sea of new shoes and uniforms - navy pants or shorts, white collared shirts - bright in the morning sunshine. They won't stay this clean for long.

08/19/10

Senate Majority Leader Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, says an infusion of federal cash for education is a "states' rights issue." Tribune file photo.

An offer of $140 million in federal money for education and health care is not being met with gratitude by Utah legislative leaders.

Far from it.

08/19/10

New Mexico Business Weekly

The New Mexico counties of Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe and five American Indian communities will receive $10.6 million in stimulus grants to improve high-speed Internet infrastructure, according to the U.S.

08/19/10
Wisconsin is pushing to expand a controversial program that uses federal Medicaid funds to provide free birth-control pills, vasectomies and other forms of contraception to low-income people, an effort made possible by the federal health-care overhaul.

It and 26 other states already provide free contraception and other reproductive-health services through a Medicaid pilot project to lower-earning women who otherwise wouldn't qualify.

08/18/10

The New York Times:

As schools handed out pink slips to teachers this spring, states made a beeline to Washington to plead for money for their ravaged education budgets. 

08/18/10

The Washington Post:

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will announce Thursday that Virginia ended the fiscal year with a surplus of about $404 million -- almost twice the previous estimate, state officials said. 

08/18/10

Albany Times Union:

The Seneca Indian Nation sued the Paterson administration in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday to block enforcement of a plan to gain tax collections on sales of cigarettes at Native American stores.

08/05/10

The New York Times:

The Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for a $26 billion package of aid to states and school districts, and the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said she would summon members from their summer recess to grant final approval to the bill. 

08/05/10

The Des Moines Register:

The economy will rebound enough to support a 4 percent spending increase for schools in 2011-12, Gov. Chet Culver said Wednesday.

08/05/10

The Wall Street Journal:

New York finally got some good news from Congress on Wednesday when the Senate pushed forward $2.6 billion in aid for the state, after two months of lost votes on the issue threatened to blow big holes in local and state budgets.

08/05/10

The Columbus Dispatch:

Thousands of Ohioans could stave off foreclosure with the help of $172 million in federal funds earmarked for the state yesterday.

08/04/10

Michigan Live:

With unemployment still high and jobs too few, many families have turned to local government for support during the recession.