Tax and Budget Reform

US: Senate Clears Way for $26 Billion in State Aid

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. 

IA: Culver: Give schools 4 percent more

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.

NY: State Set for Boon in Aid

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.

OH: Funding will fight foreclosures

The Columbus Dispatch:

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

Senate Approves FMAP and Schools Funding -- But At the Cost of Food Stamp Cuts

This week, the U.S. Senate finally overcame a filibuster by conservative Senators to move emergency Medicaid funding through the first half of 2011 and provide key funding for education jobs. This action is critical for state budgets and will protect both medical services and education programs in states across the country. Unforuntately, due to over-hyped deficit concerns, the total cost of the package is offset by spending cuts, including an $11 billion cut in Food Stamps, along with closing a tax loophole for multinational corporations.

US: Local governments projected to eliminate nearly 500,000 jobs in the next two years

Michigan Live:

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

NJ: N.J. Democrats to launch campaign to override Christie's veto of $7.5M family planning funds

The Star Ledger:

When the state Senate voted to restore $7.5 million in family planning funds in June, 30 of the 40 senators supported it — more than enough to override Gov. Chris Christie if he vetoed the measure.

IN: Unemployment benefits extension can aid economy

The Post-Tribune:

After 14 years driving a school bus for different companies, Sanders Bailey lost his job in early January.

MO: Food banks get share of stimulus

The Columbia Daily Tribune:

Nearly $25 million in federal aid is coming to Missouri to help restock food pantry shelves, and the money couldn’t come at a better time, one local shelter director said.

IL: Quinn extends tax credit for affordable housing

The Daily Herald:

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has extended the state tax credit for private investors who develop affordable housing.