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  • North Dakota Is Most-Trusted State; Illinois Is Least

    04/05/2014 1:36:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 5:06 PM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    The people of North Dakota put more trust and confidence in their state government than people in any other state, while the people of Illinois put the least. In polling done in June through September 2013, Gallup asked at least 600 people in each state this question: “How much trust and confidence do you have in the government of the state where you live when it comes to handling state problems—a great deal, a fair amount, not very much or none at all?” …
  • Ten freshman governors who have shrunk their states’ bureaucracies

    01/07/2014 1:59:30 PM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 9 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 1/7/14 | David Freddoso
    Which of these new governors, since taking office, have reduced the size of their state bureaucracy? Less than half of them have, despite hard economic times that have hit state budgets. And you might also be surprised at which ones did...
  • Dumb and Dumber Tax Hikes

    06/16/2013 3:44:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    One of the dumbest things a country can do in a recession is raise taxes. Yet, after pronouncing the end of austerity, Italy's "grand coalition" government, led by Enrico Letta, is going to hike the VAT. Why? It seems they need to hike the VAT to pay for a decrease in property taxes. Recall that Silvio Berlusconi was only willing to take part in Letta's grand coalition on condition property tax hikes were rolled back. Letta agreed to do that, but now Letta says Italy needs revenue hikes to make up for it. Grand Coalition Splintering Curiously, the International Business...
  • The "French Way of Life" on Collision Course with Germany

    06/09/2013 5:23:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I received still more emails from French and Canadian readers on preserving culture. Since it's a slow news day, let's take a look at them. Olivier writes "Wouldn't a true conservative pay at least some respect to local cultural norms instead of trying to impose some economic diktat from on down?" Talk about getting things ass backwards. It is the social police attempting to impose cultural and economic diktats to preserve the local bookstore and the local farm to the point of absolute absurdity. Email From Canada Reader Mike from Canada writes ... Hi Mish, I totally agree with the...
  • Opinion of federal government hits record low: poll

    04/15/2013 2:04:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:54pm EDT | Ian Simpson
    Americans’ opinion of the federal government has fallen to a record low even as they continue to view local and state governments favorably, according to Pew Research Center survey released on Monday. … The March survey showed Democrats with a more favorable opinion than Republicans of the federal government, at 41 percent to 13 percent. … The poll shows that 63 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of their local government, virtually unchanged since 2007. Fifty-seven percent have a favorable view of their state governments, up 5 percentage points from 2012. …
  • Barone: States choose own paths with one-party governments

    11/26/2012 4:22:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 25, 2012 | Michael Barone
    In Washington, Americans have two-party government, with a Democratic president and Senate and a Republican House. We had it before November's election and will have it again for the next two years. Looking back from 2014, we will have had two-party government for most of the preceding two decades, for six years of Bill Clinton's presidency, three and a half years of George W. Bush's and four years of Barack Obama's. But in most of the 50 states, American voters seem to have opted for something very much like one-party government. Starting next month, Americans in 25 states will have...
  • Rising number of states seeing one-party rule

    11/11/2012 7:59:17 AM PST · by Road Glide · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2012 | Keely Brazil
    Divided government still rules in the nation’s capital after last week’s Tuesday’s vote, but unity is increasingly the name of the game in cities such as Annapolis, Topeka, Concord and Little Rock. In a little-noticed footnote to last week’s election, state legislature elections this year have produced the highest number of states with one-party rule in 60 years. Democrats or Republicans now have sole control of the governorship and both legislative chambers in 37 state capitals around the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which tracks party representation in the country’s 50 state governments, Democrats now...
  • Rising number of states seeing one-party rule

    11/10/2012 9:33:32 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2012 | Keely Brazil
    In a little-noticed footnote to last week’s election, state legislature elections this year have produced the highest number of states with one-party rule in 60 years. Democrats or Republicans now have sole control of the governorship and both legislative chambers in 37 state capitals around the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which tracks party representation in the country’s 50 state governments, Democrats now control all three bases of power – the governorship and both houses of the state legislature – in 14 states and Republicans in 23, with only 12 states sharing power. (Nebraska’s unicameral...
  • On Gov. Jerry Brown's 'Realignment' Plan - A shift from the state to local control

    01/16/2011 6:04:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 50 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/16/11 | Editor
    Gov. Jerry Brown has barely taken office, but he's already presented an audacious plan for the state budget. It's audacious to presume that the voters will agree to an extension of the state's current tax rates for another five years, for one thing, but the assumption is based on an even bolder idea. Brown wants to transfer enormous responsibility for major services to local governments. His gamble - and it's a big one - is that the voters will agree to pay the taxes as long as they can connect them with the services in their own communities. The fact...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • $319 million budget void emerges [Louisiana]

    04/15/2010 6:12:08 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 18 replies · 473+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | April 15, 2010 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE -- Slumping tax collections have punched a $319 million hole in the state budget, a forecasting panel determined Wednesday, giving Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state Legislature less than 10 weeks to decide what mix of spending cuts and one-time revenue sources should be used to fill the gap. In addition to lowering the current-year forecast, the Revenue Estimating Conference, a four-member panel that decides how much the state can spend each year, also lowered the forecast for the 2010-11 fiscal year that begins July 1 by $245 million. State officials have been anticipating another round of midyear...
  • HOLD EVERYTHING! The New York Times Hammers Governor Paterson, Portraying Him As A Lazy...

    02/18/2010 8:11:33 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 604+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-18-2010 | Henry Blodget
    HOLD EVERYTHING! The New York Times Hammers Governor Paterson, Portraying Him As A Lazy, Out-Of-Touch, Party Boy Henry Blodget Feb. 18, 2010, 10:23 PM Two weeks ago, rumors swirled that the New York Times was working on a "bombshell" story about New York Governor David Paterson. One source told us the story was so devastating that it might lead to the Governor's resignation. For a week, as the media screamed, the New York Times remained silent, publishing nothing. Then, finally, a few days ago, the paper published a mildly interesting but largely irrelevant account of how one of Governor Paterson's...
  • State Rep. Skip Saviano: An Illinois Republican to Dump

    02/12/2010 10:41:01 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 02/12/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    77th District State Representative Skip Saviano is a perfect example of the sort of Republican that may as well be a Democrat. Saviano's latest gaff is to side with the big government, big spending Democrats on the video gambling issue. On Feb. 1 I wrote about how the Democrats are trying to pull a tax bait and switch on those communities that legally decide to employ the opt-out clause in the State's new video gambling law. Democrats, and wild spenders on the GOP side like Saviano, want to penalize those communities that have voted their conscience on this destructive gambling...
  • States' Unfunded Pension Obligations Top $360B

    01/13/2010 9:06:10 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 205+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 1-13-10 | Bob McCarty
    State employee pension systems are facing severe shortfalls, and these growing liabilities threaten to drive many states deeper into the red, according to a new 50-state study released today by the American Legislative Exchange Council, the nation’s largest individual membership association of state legislators.
  • Illinois Policy Institute Launches IllinoisOpenGov.org (TRANSPARENCY time!!)

    12/15/2009 10:15:38 AM PST · by U of IL Conservative · 233+ views
    Center for Fiscal Accountability ^ | Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Center for Fiscal Accountability
    The Illinois Policy Institute has launched a new great spending transparency resource for the State of Illinois. IllinoisOpenGov.org is modeled after the the successful template developed by the Maine Heritage Policy Center and features a wealth of information. While the Illinois state government's spending transparency portal ITAP (which stands for Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal) created earlier this year provides access to state employee salary information, as well as agency expenditure and contract information and information relating to corporate accountability and professional licenses, IPI's website goes further. In IPI's own words, IllinoisOpenGov.org does the following: * Makes the details of...
  • Most Americans Oppose Second Stimulus and Using Bailout Funds for States

    12/11/2009 8:44:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | December 8, 2009
    President Obama hopes to use money still unspent from the $787-billion economic stimulus plan to fight the nation’s 10% unemployment rate, and one of the ideas on the table is to channel money to states to keep them from laying off public employees. But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of Americans favor providing federal bailout funds to states with serious financial problems. Fifty-eight percent (58%) oppose giving bailout money to financially troubled states. On top of that, 56% of Americans oppose the passage of another economic stimulus package this year. While House Speaker Nancy...
  • The Real Misery Rate: 24 Percent !

    08/17/2009 8:44:43 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 20 replies · 1,103+ views
    Portland Tribune ^ | 8/13/2009 | Peter Korn
    In Oregon, one in four people can’t find full-time jobs Here’s the thing that worries unemployed Woodstock resident George Snipes: What if things are worse, much worse, than we are being told? They are, says Andrew Sum, an economist who heads the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Sum has analyzed employment data for all 50 states, and he says that those charts provide statistical verification of what Snipes feels in his gut: Oregon’s 12.2 percent official unemployment rate is something of a red herring and far from a true indicator of the social hardship taking...
  • States Face Dire Fiscal Situation

    04/23/2009 10:13:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 577+ views
    States have been hammered by the national recession and will end up resolving a cumulative budget gap exceeding $281 billion, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) new report on state budgets. Gaps began opening in fiscal year (FY) 2008, and are expected to continue through FY 2011 and beyond. When enacting their budgets for FY 2009, 44 states collectively resolved a $40.3 billion budget gap. But those actions were not enough to keep budgets balanced. Just a few months into the fiscal year, a new $32 billion gap opened, which eventually climbed to $62.4 billion. Officials hope...
  • State Sovereignty Movement Quietly Growing

    02/07/2009 6:34:16 AM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies · 1,624+ views
    Blogcritics Mag. ^ | February 05, 2009
    You may not have heard much about it, but there's a quiet movement afoot to reassert state sovereignty in America and stop the uncontrolled expansion of federal government power. Almost half of the state legislatures are considering or have representatives preparing to introduce resolutions which reassert the principles of the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution and the idea that federal power is strictly limited to specific areas detailed in the Constitution and that all other governmental authority rests with the states. -excerpt- There's a lot of excitement about these bills, but there are also a lot of misconceptions,...
  • Expense cash still flows despite crisis

    12/13/2008 11:03:07 AM PST · by BigFinn · 3 replies · 404+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | December 13, 2008 | By Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO – California is facing a $42 billion budget hole that's likely to mean severe cuts to state programs and possibly layoffs, but legislators continue to collect $173 a day for expenses when they're in Sacramento.
  • Penn. Democrat: 'Who Really Cares' About the Constitution?

    11/25/2008 6:50:54 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 89 replies · 3,245+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 11/25/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Democrats do not see the Constitution as a limit on their actions. In fact, Democrats don't see any rules or laws as limits on what they think they can do. They imagine that they can do anything they want no matter what the law says. Democrats are essentially lawless creatures. Further proof of this came this week in the Pittsburgh City Council during the debate on an unconstitutional gun bill the city was trying to institute. After the lopsided vote was over -- with the anti-constitution side winning -- Councilman Tonya Payne told everyone that would listen that she didn't...
  • CA: State government again has betrayed the public interest

    01/14/2008 10:19:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 106+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/14/08 | Editorial
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger faces a lot of heat for proposing drastic budget cuts that slash services for children, the poor and the elderly while allowing thousands of criminals back on the streets to prey upon children, the poor and the elderly. Some even question how the governor can so glibly suggest closing state parks while maintaining an increasingly costly and aggressive public relations operation to promote himself. The governor surely has a lot to answer for in how he's handled the state budget, which has been filled to overflowing by years of booming property values. But with his outlandish proposal...
  • What's an Ohio CCW holder to do? (Vanity Question)

    08/28/2006 6:13:00 PM PDT · by mr_hammer · 30 replies · 843+ views
    08.28.06 | mr_hammer
    I just got done reviewing the Ohio State link at packing.org. To say I am slightly confused is an understatement. How does some punk city government write laws that usurp Federal and State Firearms laws? Are not laws regarding firearms Federal and State Issues? What if we started writing laws regarding who can practice law or medicine on a city-by-city basis? What about driving privileges on a county-by-county basis. This is absolutely flipping NUTS! What say you FR lawyers, any advice?
  • Emergency and Evacuation plans for all 50 States

    09/06/2005 11:42:40 AM PDT · by tndarlin · 37 replies · 1,165+ views
    State of TN ^ | 9/6/2005 | tndarlin
    I thought we might need to start finding all of the disaster readiness plans for each state. I found this for TN.
  • The session has ended (Kinky was right. Tx legislature is the joke)

    08/19/2005 1:56:04 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 3 replies · 372+ views
    Austin Statesman-American ^ | 19 August 2005 | Staff
    As expected, both the House and Senate went “sine die” this morning, ending a 30-day special session that, for all practical purposes, ended more than two weeks ago when the House rejected school finance reform. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to hold a news conference early this afternoon, where he’ll likely tell us what comes next. Few around the Capitol expect Perry to call a third special session on school finance reform until the Texas Supreme Court rules this fall on whether the current system is unconstitutional. That means lawmakers are free to go home — and find out hear...
  • Dan Walters: With state gridlocked, ad hoc regionalism may be only escape (CA)

    06/28/2005 6:23:55 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 404+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 28, 2005 | Dan Walters
    Regionalism - dealing with public policy issues on a level that goes beyond city or county boundaries but is smaller than the state as a whole - gained an official toehold in the 1960s and 1970s with the reorganization of major state agencies along regional lines and the creation of multi-jurisdictional umbrella organizations ... (snip) Regional "councils of governments" that had hitherto been mere gatherers of information and debating forums began exerting some real influence, especially in the transportation field and thus indirectly on land use patterns. As they did, local politicians began jockeying for influence within those COGs, as...
  • Gambling's back on the table: Increased gaming could gain momentum as budget hole widens

    03/21/2005 6:42:03 AM PST · by Racehorse · 3 replies · 229+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 21 March 2005 | W. Gardner Selby
    Key lawmakers in both houses say momentum for gaming could swell once legislators get a fix on funding gaps for public schools, health care, criminal justice and higher education in the 2006-07 state budget. "Gambling has a chance of resurrecting itself," said Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, "just because it's going to be hard to make everything balance." And while conservative opponents of gaming say they still have enough clout to thwart the efforts in the GOP-controlled Legislature, their political rivals also like their chances. Bill Stinson, a lobbyist for the pro-casino group Let the...
  • FROM MONORAIL TAX TO STEALTH INTERNET TAX –COMING SOON

    02/03/2005 9:25:55 AM PST · by FreeMarket1 · 3 replies · 224+ views
    https://www.freemarketnews.com ^ | Feb 03, 2005 | by staff reports
    FROM MONORAIL TAX TO STEALTH INTERNET TAX –COMING SOONFeb 03, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comby staff reportsIn King’s County, Washington, residents are discovering that a monorail tax may drag on for another 15 years. And in Washington DC, congressional committee studying tax reform, the Joint Committee on Taxation, announced it was considering expanding the three percent tax on telecommunications to cover all data communications services to end users, including cell phones, broadband, dial-up, cable modems, and DSL links. Taxes never die – nor does it seem in the United States these days that they ever get much smaller. Like a virus, taxes...
  • CA: New report proposes sweeping overhaul of state government (CPR document released)

    07/30/2004 1:13:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies · 3,413+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/30/04 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to reorganize state government that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will release next week will propose eliminating one third of the state work force, hundreds of state boards and commissions while possibly saving $32 billion over the next five years. Details in the 2,500-page report obtained Friday by The Associated Press also include contracting out government work to private contractors and requiring college and university students perform community service. Months in the making, the sweeping report by the California Performance Review Board is already being called a power grab by critics and would mark the biggest reorganization...
  • AMERICA'S MOST CONSERVATIVE GOVERNOR

    07/08/2004 6:20:27 AM PDT · by JesseHousman · 92 replies · 2,017+ views
    American Conservative Union Foundation ^ | 07/08/2004 | Donald Devine, Editor
    With Republicans on a national spending spree of historic proportions, it is reassuring to see a governor still fighting to limit the size and scope of government. Whereas the GOP majority in Washington has presided over an increase in domestic discretionary spending of eight percent per year, Mark Sanford of South Carolina has kept his state's increase to a mere one percent. In recent history, only one politician has done better. Ronald Reagan actually cut spending by an average of 1.3 percent per year over his two terms. Gov. Sanford likes the Reagan comparison and, indeed, has set him...
  • WILL T. SCOTT FOR SUPREME COURT WEBSITE LIVE

    05/28/2004 8:15:16 PM PDT · by MountainPatriot · 4 replies · 294+ views
    Will T. Scott for Supreme Court ^ | 5/28/2004 | MountainPatriot
    PIKEVILLE, KY – If voters want to know more about the race for Kentucky Supreme Court, it is just a mouse-click away. Will T. Scott, who is a non-partisan candidate for the Kentucky Supreme Court in the 7th District on November 2, 2004, officially launched his campaign website today. It is on the Internet at www.willtscott.com. “The website is intended to directly communicate with people about our campaign. They can see who I am, what my qualifications are, and why I’m running. More importantly, they can “be the judge” in this campaign,” Scott said. Scott referred to a section “You...
  • CA: A silent revolution

    04/22/2004 10:45:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 258+ views
    OC Register ^ | 4/22/04 | Jim Hinch
    SACRAMENTO – A team of bureaucrats picked by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is quietly preparing a comprehensive reorganization of state government larger than any attempted in California history.The plan, expected to be complete by April 30, would close down whole departments and consolidate others. Up to 200 state boards and commissions and 1,500 political appointees would be eliminated. Administration officials declined to specify reorganization proposals. But interviews with those who have been briefed or interviewed by planners suggest several likely recommendations: • Consolidate most energy regulation under a newly created energy secretary picked by the governor. Regulation now resides in various...
  • Arnold gives plan for first 100 days. (Indian legal status...)

    10/02/2003 6:56:18 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 9 replies · 213+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES | 2 Oct 03 | By James G. Lakely
    SAN DIEGO — Arnold Schwarzenegger, beginning to anticipate victory in the California recall election, yesterday released a 10-point plan for his first 100 days in office. The plan includes ending the huge tax exemption given to Indian casinos, and repealing new laws that increase the tax on automobiles and allow illegal immigrants to obtain state driver's licenses. "I'm not here to talk about campaigning; I'm here to talk about governing," Mr. Schwarzenegger said at a Sacramento rally. Mr. Schwarzenegger's campaign has gained a lot of momentum in recent weeks, according to a Los Angeles Times poll released yesterday. Fifty-six percent...
  • Arnold Schwarzennegger and Jonathan Coupal Tout Fiscal Conservatism (Radio Ad)

    09/05/2003 12:50:39 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 274+ views
    joinarnold.com ^ | 9/04/03 | Arnold Schwarzennegger And Jonathan Coupal
    CALIFORNIANS FOR SCHWARZENEGGER RADIO:60 "TAX" JON COUPAL: THIS IS JON COUPAL, PRESIDENT OF THE HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO WE SENT THE POLITICIANS A MESSAGE WITH PROPOSITION 13. THIS YEAR WE CAN SEND ANOTHER MESSAGE BY RECALLING GRAY DAVIS AND REPLACING HIM WITH ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, A STRONG FISCAL CONSERVATIVE. HE WILL REPEAL THE CAR TAX AND STAND AGAINST MORE TAXES. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: I STRONGLY SUPPORT PROPOSITION 13 AND WILL FIGHT ANY PROPOSAL WHICH SEEKS TO CHANGE IT. I AM IN PRINCIPLE AGAINST TAXING, BECAUSE I FEEL THAT THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA HAVE BEEN PUNISHED ENOUGH. FROM THE TIME...
  • Arizona proves exception in analysis of spending

    03/06/2003 6:25:24 PM PST · by AzJohn · 4 replies · 201+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | March 6, 2003 | Pat Flannery
    <p>State governments spent themselves into financial crises by routinely building budgets that outstripped inflation and population growth during the 1990s, a Cato Institute report suggests.</p> <p>Had states limited new spending to a "benchmark" percentage equal to their combined inflation and population growth rates and returned any excess revenue to taxpayers, the conservative think tank said most would not be in as dire straits now.</p>
  • State Lotteries and Freedom

    08/21/2002 5:40:13 PM PDT · by gitmo · 8 replies · 482+ views
    gitmo
    North Carolina is once again debating the issue of a state lottery. This time it is the only way we are going to balance our budget. The money will all go to the school kids. Yeah, right. Here is my question: Does it make sense for states to reserve the exclusive right to conduct gambling businesses? If gambling is wicked, then no one should be allowed to run a gambling business. And if gambling is an OK thing, then why is private business excluded from gambling, but states are allowed a monopoly? Where did states get the authority to even...