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SPN Fiscal Policy Exchange: Volume 8, Issue 7

Published on Monday, February 13, 2012


The Fiscal Policy Exchange is brought to you by State Policy Network and prepared by Washington Policy Center. Please send any studies or news articles you would like included in the next Fiscal Policy Exchange (must include web link) by noon (PT) Friday to

Taxes & Budget


Allegheny Institute

Mileage Change Requirements Following Reassessments


American Enterprise Institute


Obama's shameless display on waivers

Taking the fight to the redistributionists


Americans for Tax Reform

Are Taxpayers: Broken-Hearted or Just Plain Broke? Government Drives Up the Cost of Valentine's Day

The Education and Workforce Committee holds hearing on NLRB "Recess" Appointments

Senate Highway Bill Violates Taxpayer Protection Pledge

ATR Supports Gov. Mary Fallin Bold Tax Reform Plan

Senator Hatch looks to improve the Senate's Highway Bill

ATR Opposes Retroactive Tax Hikes


Cascade Policy Institute

Revenue forecast slips another $35 million

House grants approval for non-profits to sell alcohol

House bill considers relief from some school district mandates

Why Oregonians Deserve the Right to Work

"We Have a Year to Figure out How to Violate Our Consciences"

Revenue forecast slips another $35 million


Free State Foundation

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Joins FSF Conference Lineup

Spectrum Policy - Who's Micro-Managing Who?

Registration now open! FSF's Fourth Annual Telecom Conference -- March 20


Kansas Policy Institute

Jonathan Williams Outlines Kansas' [Tax] Choice

KPI At Tax Press Conference:  Need to Reduce Taxes For All Kansans
Despite Increased Spending, Student Achievement is Lower than Parents May Believe


Maryland Public Policy Institute

O'Malley's gas tax proposal could face rough going in General Assembly

Transportation Policy Experts Blast O'Malley Gas Tax Plan

Regressive Taxation

Maryland's Son of Obama

Editorial: Big spenders on the Chesapeake

Real courage is rejecting O'Malley's gas tax hike

No to gas tax


Nevada Policy Research Institute

The federal budget is always balanced

Gingrich, Paul and Santorum offer their thoughts on federal lands in Nevada


Reason Foundation

Has Obama Declared "War on Religion" by Insisting Catholic Employers Cover Abortions and Condoms?

Consultant in Chief

Warren Buffett: Baptist and Bootlegger


Washington Policy Center

Time to Make Sound Transit Officials Accountable through a Directly Elected Board of Directors

WPC's Recommendations on the State's 2012 Transportation Tax Package, Part III

Proposals to Impose Drug Take-back Mandate Would Increase Health Care Costs and Do Little for the Environment


State News



AK: Pension bill would spread risk of health care cost increases, Anchorage Daily News, 2.9.12

AK: Church-owned housing measure has its first hearing, Anchorage Daily News, 2.9.12



AZ: 14 Arizona tribes benefit from housing grants, Arizona Capitol Times (Phoenix), 2.9.12

AZ: Arizona to get more than $1.6B in mortgage deals, Arizona Capitol Times (Phoenix), 2.9.12

AZ: Arizona rethinks focus on 'use tax', The Arizona Republic (Phoenix), 2.8.12



CA: Are Democrats in Sacramento off the hook on pension reform?, San Jose Mercury News, 2.10.12

CA: Lt. Gov. Newsom opens fire on Cal Grant cuts, Los Angeles Times, 2.9.12

CA: Has California killed redevelopment ... or not?, The Sacramento Bee, 2.10.12

CA: California Supreme Court's chief justice blasts budget politics, The Sacramento Bee, 2.10.12



FL: Birthplace of 'robo-signing' eyes deal critically, National Public Radio, 2.9.12

FL: House approves $69 billion state budget, The Miami Herald, 2.9.12

FL: Landmark settlement with mortgage lenders provides relief for some struggling homeowners, The Miami Herald, 2.9.12



ID: Geddes resigns from Idaho Tax Commission, The Idaho Statesman (Boise), 2.9.12

ID: Otter touts 2013 budget, says there's enough cash, The Idaho Statesman (Boise), 2.10.12



IA: Gov., House GOP agree on commercial tax cut plan, Muscatine Journal, 2.8.12

IA: Gronstal: Senate will reject GOP property tax plan, Muscatine Journal, 2.9.12

IA: Iowa lawmakers grill Air Force over proposed cuts, Muscatine Journal, 2.9.12

IA: Gronstal says GOP plan would shift $310 million in property taxes from businesses to homeowners, The Des Moines Register, 2.9.12



KS: Employee groups oppose proposed KPERS changes, Lawrence Journal World, 2.10.12



KY: Tax reform panel named, The Courier-Journal (Louisville), 2.9.12



LA: Jindal proposes state budget and layoffs, The Advocate (Baton Rouge), 2.10.12

LA: Louisiana governor plots a future without Crescent City Connection tolls, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 2.9.12

LA: LSU president -- Jindal 'would appreciate' no complaints on budget, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 2.9.12



MD: College students rally on behalf of budget, The Baltimore Sun, 2.9.12



MA: Robert DeLeo -- Taxes not way out of $$ woes, Boston Herald, 2.9.12

MA: Governor proposes $156 million for immigrant health coverage, The Boston Globe, 2.9.12



MI: Michigan economic development budget increased under Gov. Snyder's proposal,, 2.9.12

MI: Gov. Snyder -- Budget plan isn't about spending money, but about spending money wisely,, 2.9.12

MI: West Michigan lawmaker says Gov. Snyder's budget doesn't do enough to improve education,, 2.9.12

MI: Snyder previews budget in 2 YouTube clips, Detroit Free Press, 2.9.12

MI: 3% proposed funding hike for public universities tied to performance, Detroit Free Press, 2.9.12

MI: Rick Snyder proposes more funding for roads, police, schools, Detroit Free Press, 2.9.12

MI: Michigan budget -- Snyder ties school funding to scores, Lansing State Journal, 2.9.12



MN: Panel's lack of 'sunsets' disappoints, St. Cloud Times, 2.9.12



MO: Backers of Mo. tax plan committed to Nov. vote, Jefferson City News Tribune, 2.9.12

MO: Nixon proposes $40M for colleges, Jefferson City News Tribune, 2.10.12



NE: Around the Rotunda -- Candidates filing for legislative seats despite low pay, Lincoln Journal Star, 2.10.12

NE: Executive Board advances senator pay increase bill, Lincoln Journal Star, 2.9.12



NV: Committee acts to fund child care for poor, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2.9.12


New Hampshire

NH: Casino gambling bill gets another hearing, New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester), 2.10.12


New Jersey

NJ: N.J. crackdown on unemployment insurance fraud saved state $60M thus far, The Star-Ledger (Newark), 2.9.12

NJ: N.J. to disperse $40M in federal Medicaid funding to hospitals, clinics investing in electronic records, The Star-Ledger (Newark), 2.9.12

NJ: More than $100M of Christie's would-be Medicaid savings in jeopardy, The Star-Ledger (Newark), 2.10.12


New Mexico

NM: House OKs change in legislative pension plan, Santa  Fe New Mexican, 2.9.12

NM: Unions spar over public pension reforms, Santa Fe New Mexican, 2.9.12

NM: Don't ground the spaceport, Santa Fe New Mexican, 2.10.12


New York

NY: 1,600 reach state contract deal, Times Union (Albany), 2.10.12


North Carolina

NC: NC insurers wait on health care overhaul decision, Winston-Salem Journal, 2.9.12



OH: Kasich of little cheer to township trustees, The Columbus Dispatch, 2.10.12

OH: Legislators prepare to challenge any Ohio base cuts, The Columbus Dispatch, 2.10.12



OK: Oklahoma is lone maverick in national mortgage settlement signed by 49 states, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), 2.10.12



OR: Oregon House passes bill that would give some elderly, disabled homeowners a two-year property tax break, The Oregonian (Portland), 2.9.12



PA: House GOP leader seeks to trim borrowing, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2.9.12

PA: Optional Pa. drill fee could pull in $40 million, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2.10.12

PA: Budget cuts hit city's most vulnerable, The Daily News (Philadelphia), 2.9.12

PA: Key to public school funding? How about foundations, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg), 2.10.12

PA: Fire protection funding is a safe bet, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg), 2.10.12

PA: Gov. Tom Corbett OKs state grant for Arlen Specter Library, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg), 2.9.12


Rhode Island

RI: RI to get $172 million in settlement with banks over wrongful foreclosures, The Providence Journal, 2.9.12

RI: City council told Providence faces huge cuts, if it doesn't get help, The Providence Journal, 2.9.12


South Carolina

SC: SC House panel draft no longer ties retirement to age, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 2.9.12

SC: State could take cut of city fees, fines, The State (Columbia), 2.10.12


South Dakota

SD: South Dakota gets $8M in foreclosure-abuse settlement, Sioux City Journal, 2.9.12



TN: TN's revenue collections exceed expectations, The Tennessean (Nashville), 2.10.12



UT: State pay increase, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2.9.12



VA: House, Senate taking different routes on pensions, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2.10.12



WA: Legislature unlikely to fast-track pot legalization, supporters say, The News Tribune (Tacoma), 2.9.12


West Virginia

WV: Retiree health care fix likely headed to governor today, The Charleston Gazette, 2.9.12

WV: W.Va. to get $9.3M to improve Internet access, Charleston Daily Mail, 2.9.12

WV: Addressing OPEB is important progress, Charleston Daily Mail, 2.10.12



WI: Walker says no budget repair bill needed, La Crosse Tribune, 2.9.12

WI: Walker promises no budget bill despite shortfall, La Crosse Tribune, 2.9.12



WY: Wyoming lawmaker says college funding could be tough issue, Casper Star-Tribune, 2.9.12



US: $25 billion bank job, The Wall Street Journal, 2.10.12

US: 'Robo-signing' deal is rough justice, The Washington Post, 2.9.12

US: The mortgage deal -- a reality check, National Public Radio, 2.9.12

US: Why millions won't get help from big mortgage settlement, ProPublica, 2.9.12

US: GOP threatens huge cuts to unemployment insurance, The Christian Science Monitor, 2.9.12

US: Mortgage plan gives billions to homeowners, but with exceptions, The New York Times, 2.9.12


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