Rather than addressing the nation’s huge fiscal and economic problems, Congress is blowing a lot of hot air about contraception. Here is a map of states requiring coverage and an excellent backgrounder on the issue from the Council of State Governments.
Via the OK Policy blog:
Is Texas beating Oklahoma because it lacks an income tax? That’s been a common argument made by proponents of eliminating Oklahoma’s personal income tax. But a new animated video from OK Policy busts the myths about our rivals to the south.
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The Consumerist: 35,000 pink slips are in the mail for USPS employees
Merrill Healthcare Experts: Can we afford to cut Medicaid?
Reuters: U.S. muni bond fund inflows of $883 million in latest week — Lipper
Bloomberg: California does another private loan, this one for $1 billion
Sacramento Bee: Stockton may be first test of California’s new bankruptcy law
Hartford Courant: 3 cities, one well-connected law firm
Pennsylvania Treasury: State revenues are 3.5 percent short of estimate
USA Today: Missouri legislation may require that revenue bonds be insured
Today’s the day Harrisburg: Residents file an emergency order against receiver
Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson on the nation’s fiscal sustainability: “We’re the healthiest horse in the glue factory.” In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland last week, Simpson said the United States is on the same track as Europe’s weakest countries and is destined to experience a full-blown debt crisis. Simpson, known for his blunt talk, has been waving this flag for some time.
Texas State Representative Jerry Madden (R) describes how well-structured programs can help break the cycle of prisoner recidivism by improving family self-sufficiency. Some claim that voluntary home visitation programs can also yield long-term savings for taxpayers. Source: Pew Center on the States