Category: State & Local Budgets
Underfunding and understaffing plague public libraries
'We are trying to do more with less,' said John Hyslop, president of Queens Library Guild Local 1321. 'But there is only so much you can do when you lack resources.'
How to Fix State and Local Budgets (and Help the Middle Class)
States and local governments have been cutting vital public services for years because of shrinking revenue and bad policy decisions - and the results have been devastating.
Maryland Workers Rally Against Anti-Worker Budget
More than 500 workers from every corner of Maryland converged on the state Capitol to rally against Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to take away a pay raise from workers and drastically cut essential programs.
Effort to Fast Track ‘Right-to-Work’ Foiled in New Mexico
More than 100 concerned citizens, community groups, students and union members packed a local Las Vegas, New Mexico, café for a town hall meeting to discuss some of the most important issues debated this legislative session.
Thousands Rally Against Walker’s Next Attack
MADISON, Wisconsin – More than 5,000 people turned out to the Capitol building here to tell their elected representatives they’ve had enough of union bashing by the state’s political leaders.
OCSEA Beats Aramark Price on Food Service Bid
OCSEA presented a proposal to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to take back prison food service, which includes a lower per-meal cost than current prison food service vendor, Aramark.
Walker Pound Foolish on Wisconsin Senior Drug Plan
Gov. Scott Walker wants to cut $15 million from a prescription drug program for seniors. This would also lead to a loss of $15 million in federal funding.
Walker Proposal Threatens to Reduce Prison Security
Walker’s short-sighted proposal to eliminate the third (overnight) shift in state prison guard towers simply to save approximately $6 million out of a $68 billion two-year budget is a disaster waiting to happen.
Indiana’s ‘Pravda on the Plains’ Gets Shut Down
After a public outrcry Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pulled the plug just days after word got out that he was planning to launch a state-run, taxpayer-funded news service that would offer pre-written news stories and breaking news about his administration.
Eyes Wide Shut: When Governments Outsource with No Accountability
Imagine that you hire a home improvement company to remodel your home. Would you sign on the dotted line and take out your checkbook unless it was absolutely clear to both you and the contractor what the work entailed and how much it would cost?
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