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    • Stateline Story
    February 6, 2007
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    States would be spared draconian cuts next year under President Bush's plan to balance the federal budget by 2012, but health, social and other programs important to states still would be squeezed. Bush's $2.9 trillion blueprint for fiscal 2008 resurrects some failed budget cuts and seeks to wring new savings that will be felt by states, primarily in health-care funding.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 15, 2006
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    Deep slashes in the federal child-support enforcement program -- included in Congress' most recent budget cuts -- have left states searching for ways to avoid scaling back what has been hailed as the government's most successful social-services program.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 14, 2006
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    Nine states would receive less money from Washington, D.C., if Congress adopts President Bush's 2007 budget proposal, while most others would see modest increases, suggests a new analysis by Federal Funds Information for States, a subscription service for state officials.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 8, 2006
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    President Bush is offering states no help in paying for congressionally ordered changes to driver's licenses and would foist new costs on states to provide food for low-income pregnant women while slashing money to revitalize poor neighborhoods. One day after Bush released his $2.77 trillion proposed 2007 budget, analysts scouring the document concluded that while it is chock full of savings for the federal government, it could spell new financial responsibilities for states.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 6, 2006
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    With the federal government swimming in a sea of red ink, states can be grateful that their own financial pictures have gotten rosier because there is little extra money to trickle down from Washington, D.C. President Bush's proposed 2007 budget squeezes savings from an array of domestic spending programs -- including a number of programs that benefit states and local governments -- and calls for $13.6 billion in cuts to Medicaid spending over the next five years.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 6, 2006
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    President Bush proposed shrinking federal spending on education by more $3 billion in his new budget proposal released Feb. 6, but he also wants to launch new initiatives to strengthen math and science achievement and reform America's high schools.
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    • Stateline Story
    February 19, 2002
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    The federal tax burden falls most heavily on affluent Connecticut, while the state of New Mexico, home of the White Sands Missile Range, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the highest poverty rate in the nation, gets the most federal dollars back, studies of the federal budgets impact on states show. more

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