Social Programs Targeted in State Cutbacks
By Pamela M. Prah, Staff Writer
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a measure meant to fix the state's insolvent unemployment insurance system by raising taxes on businesses and cutting weekly payments to unemployed workers. As Stateline previously reported , Indiana is among the 10 states with the heftiest interest payments owed to the f ederal government for loans to keep their UI systems solvent.
WORK SUPPORT: Nine states received $250,000 each in private funds to find ways to make it easier for low-income working families to get medical, nutritional and child care assistance. The grants are part of a five-year Urban Institute initiative with lead funding of $15 million from the Ford Foundation. The states are: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and South Carolina.
TAXING MEDICAL MARIJUANA: California' s tax collectors want their share of the medical marijuana business. The state Board of Equalization reaffirmed that medical marijuana dispensaries are not exempt from paying sales tax, the Los Angeles Times reports . A Northern California dispensary had argued marijuana should have the same exemption from sales tax as other medicines prescribed by doctors. The company owes the state more than $6.4 million in taxes.
FINANCIAL LITERACY: Thirty-three nonprofits will split more than $500,000 in state grants to improve financial literacy among students and workers in Delaware . The money comes from a 2009 state law requiring businesses that make short-term payday and other consumer loans to contribute to a newly created Financial Literacy Education Fund.