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When Will State Budget Stallers Step Into Line?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New York has balanced its budget, and California finally shed its reputation as a fiscal laggard, reaching its budget on time for the first time in years. But other states are not on similar paths. In Minnesota, if the Democratic governor and Republican-led legislature cannot agree on a budget by midnight tonight, all nonessential services will shut down, including state parks—dire news, ahead of the July 4 weekend. So why is it taking so long? And what can we learn from states that have already settled their books? 

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WNYC News

Budget Gives 'Very Modest' Restorations, Says City

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Bloomberg Administration is still looking at the city's share of the state budget, but officials say it appears as though the legislature restored only about 1/3 of the $600 million the mayor relied on his budget — which already included agency cuts and nearly 4,700 teacher layoffs.

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WNYC News

State Legislature Passes On-Time Budget Amid Protests

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lawmakers passed a budget in the early morning hours amid loud but peaceful protests. The $132.5 billion budget contains a 2 percent spending cut and eliminates $10 billion, with historic cuts to schools, public colleges, social service programs and health care.

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WNYC News

Special Ed Schools Fear Loss of State Funding

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Eleven schools serving 1,500 blind, deaf and severely disabled children fear their students may get an inferior education under Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

State Budget Woes

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Brookings fellow Tracy Gordon looks at the question of whether state finance problems require short-term or long-term solutions.

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WNYC News

Cuomo to Cut MTA Budget By $100 Million

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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The MTA said Governor Andrew Cuomo's call on Tuesday for a $100 million cut from its already squeezed budget will be painful but can be done without additional fare hikes or service cuts. Still, riders may see dirtier buses and trains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Is Your State Doing?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Lori Grange, deputy director of the Pew Center on the States, talks about the new Pew report on how residents view their state's severe budget challenges. 

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Azi Paybarah

'I Want to Go Home. I Want to Get Paid'

Friday, July 02, 2010

WNYC

At the 2:26 mark, Jose Rivera says out loud what most legislators are saying privately. State legislators do not receive their paychecks until the budget is completed. It was a law passed a few years ago as an incentive to force them to pass the state's budget on time.

Which hasn't always happened.

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