Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Alaska Watchdog: Federal funding rules foil smart budget cuts

By Kirsten Adams May 29, 2010 As long as Alaska receives Federal funding for education and transportation, “maintenance of effort” (MOE) stipulations would prevent the State from making budget cuts in those areas. MOE stipulations are rules attached to Federal funding intended to force a State to...
May 29th, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

Anchorage VA clinic: $76mil, 184,000 square feet

(KTUU) Patients and staffers at Anchorage’s veterans’ clinic have waited two years for this day: the opening of their new building on North Muldoon Road. Less than seven miles from the site of the new crime lab, the new clinic measures 184,000 square feet, but with a price tag that should...
May 17th, 2010 | Accountability, Economics, Issues, Policy | Read More

Opinion: Warming’s Uncertain Science

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Before trillions more of our dollars are wasted in a vain effort to control the weather 100 years from now, our leaders should be much more certain that human activities are actually causing climate harm than is warranted by the uncertain science that has been spun out as...
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Budget request uncovers mismanagement of Alaska Medicaid

(Fairbanks Daily News-miner) The state suspended, for one year ending in mid-2009, a school-focused Medicaid reimbursement program after muddy financial reporting raised red flags with federal agencies. The Department of Health and Social Services has asked for a legislative OK to balance its books by...
April 23rd, 2010 | Accountability, Health Care, Policy | Read More

11 WI school districts reject stimulus funding

(Education Week) Eleven Wisconsin school districts want nothing to do with a highly touted federal grant program that could direct thousands of dollars to their classrooms. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics | Read More

Can a higher income tax close the deficit?

(The Tax Foundation) The trouble with political discourse about the federal deficit is that voters are often numb to the subject, and as a result, politicians are able to avoid the unpopular votes for cutting spending or raising taxes. Whether deficits are expressed in hundreds of billions of dollars...
April 22nd, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

Vanpools in the Puget Sound region

(Washington Policy Center) As traffic congestion and the financial and environmental costs of commuting continue to rise, a once overlooked transit alternative has quietly become an effective option for many motorists: vanpooling. Instead of spending more public funds on public bus services, light rail...
April 22nd, 2010 | Economics, Recent News | Read More

Take a pass on trains

(Cato Institute) Michigan should be grateful the federal government allocated only $244 million to the Detroit-Chicago high-speed rail corridor. To qualify for the really big federal rail grants, California and Florida agreed to put up billions of dollars of their taxpayers’ money — money...
April 22nd, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

How competitive contracts can help WA’s budget

(Washington Policy Center) Washington lawmakers again face a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, meaning they will either increase the amount of money they collect from citizens each year, or re-evaluate the way they deliver core services to the public. Read the PDF <here>
April 22nd, 2010 | Economics, Recent News | Read More
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