Every state now runs some kind of public accountability — or “checkbook” — site. The goal is to increase transparency and accountability.
While still a spare tire of sorts, as the role of the governor inflates in many states, so does that of the number two: the lieutenant governor.
By Elaine S. Povich, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — The wealthiest Americans can move markets at home and abroad with their business decisions. When they sell massive quantities of stock, receive huge bonuses, or suffer crushing losses, those events also can have a significant impact on state finances, especially in small states that collect taxes on income […]
By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — The two U.S. counties with the worst income inequality couldn’t be more different. No. 1 is Manhattan. The second is a rural Native American reservation in North Dakota. The two illustrate how widely inequality is spread around the country, and how the issue presents itself in different ways. The far-reaching […]
By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from power plants. The president will call for major reductions, according to sources familiar with the planning, with each state given […]
By Pamela M. Prah, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — A wave of efforts to raise the minimum wage at the state and local level will run through November, when voters in eight states could consider ballot measures to raise hourly rates higher than the current $7.25 federal rate. This is the second year in a row that […]