Legislative Review 2010

A series of stories looking at the actions taken in state legislatures in 2010.

May 19, 2010
  • Stateline Story
By John Gramlich, Staff Writer

For State Prisons, Cuts Present New Problems

This is the first in a series of stories looking at actions taken in state legislatures this year. Don't miss Stateline's ongoing comprehensive look at the big issues in 2010.   State lawmakers struggling to close budget shortfalls are targeting their correctional systems for savings, but the prison officials who must carry out those cuts are warning they could be counterproductive. Kansas already is seeing an uptick in inmates - and the need for another prison - after slashing funding for programs aimed at helping ex-offenders stay out of trouble. More

May 26, 2010 By Jake Grovum, Special to Stateline

With Medicaid, States Face Painful Cuts and Few Choices

This is the second in a series of stories looking at actions taken in state legislatures this year. Don't miss Stateline's ongoing comprehensive look at the big issues in 2010. While most people were watching Washington's debate over health care reform, states were struggling to wring budget savings out of Medicaid wherever federal law will let them. As Medicaid enrollments rise and revenues fall, states are running out of convenient places to cut. More

June 2, 2010 By Daniel C. Vock , Staff Writer

States Find Road and Bridge Money Hard to Come By

These are frustrating times to try to pay for transportation infrastructure. Skittish state legislators are only a small part of the problem, eclipsed by the larger forces of the economic slowdown and congressional inaction. More

June 9, 2010 By David Harrison, Staff Writer

States and Schools: A Race Against Time

This is the fourth in a series of stories looking at actions taken in state legislatures this year. Don't miss Stateline's ongoing comprehensive look at the big issues in 2010. The federal government is preparing to provide $4 billion in money to help state and local school systems. But some cash-starved systems may not be able to wait. More

June 16, 2010 By Pamela M. Prah , Staff Writer

Raising State Revenue: The Year of the Punt

This is the fifth in a series of stories looking at actions taken instate legislatures this year. Don't miss Stateline's ongoingcomprehensive look at the big issues in 2010. Most states chose to put off major revenue-raising decisions this year, cobbling together budgets with modest, targeted tax increases while banking on Congress to come through with more money for Medicaid. Few made sweeping changes to their tax systems or made concrete plans on what they will do when the federal stimulus ends - even though most agree that states face at least two more years of budget gaps. More

June 23, 2010 By Melissa Maynard , Staff Writer

State Budget Cuts: Across the Board, and At Cross-Purposes

This is the sixth in a series of stories looking at actions taken in state legislatures this year. Don't miss Stateline's ongoing comprehensive look at the big issues in 2010. Faced with historic budget deficits, states used blunt force to make deep cuts in 2010. In some cases, those cuts may come back to cost money later. More

June 30, 2010 By Pamela M. Prah , Staff Writer

States Begin Long Climb to Recovery

This is the seventh in a series of stories looking at actions taken in state legislaturesthis year. Don't miss Stateline's ongoing comprehensive look at the big issues in 2010. The overriding theme of the closing 2010 legislative session was the tremendous challenge of balancing the new fiscal year that begins Thursday, as lawmakers struggled to erase more than $100 billion in budget gaps. The way they did it will resonate in states for a long time. More

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