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Virginia Continues Move to Left

On November 7, 2017, Virginians elevated Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam (D) to the governorship.  Democrats also won the other two statewide elected offices and, surprising most forecasters, picked up at least 15 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, bringing their total to 49 out of 100 seats, with three recounts likely taking place in December.

Trump Administration to Allow States to Establish Work Requirements for Medicaid

Since its establishment in 1965, the federal government and the states have jointly administered Medicaid.  The program’s characteristics and logistics vary from state to state, and there is always some give-and-take between the states and the feds.  States want more flexibility; the federal government wants to make sure states are complying with the law.  One thing that has never been permitted is for a state to implement a work requirement for certain Medicaid beneficiaries.  That unwise tradition, however, appears to be changing. 

Connecticut and Pennsylvania Pass Budgets

As we finish our Halloween candy and start preparing for Thanksgiving, each of the fifty states has now passed its required budget.  As forty-nine of the fifty states require a balanced budget, which means the politicians can’t always resort to gimmicks and kick the can down the road like they do in Washington, D.C., the process of budgeting in state capitals takes considerable time and careful deliberation.  This year, for Connecticut and Pennsylvania, passage occurred way behind schedule. 

Maine's Fiscal Future Tied to Medicaid Expansion

On November 7, 2017, Mainers will head to the polls to vote on four ballot measures, including Question 2, which would expand Medicaid in the state to cover able-bodied adults without children whose income is equal to or less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line.  In an off-year election, not many will vote; one prediction estimates turnout at 20 percent.  That’s a shame, because those who vote will help determine the fiscal future of the state. 

Connecticut Legislature Passes a Bipartisan Budget Plan

Faced with a budget deficit of $3.5 billion over the next two years, and three months overdue on a budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, Connecticut lawmakers face a difficult situation and must make tough choices.  In 2011 and 2015, the legislature tried to solve the state’s fiscal woes by passing big tax increases.  That’s why a vote in the wee hours of Saturday, September 16 is so impor

Liberal States Are Trying to Prop Up Obamacare

As Washington struggles with what may be its final chance to repeal Obamacare, the law’s problems in the states continue.  One major problem that has plagued Obamacare for years is that not enough young and healthy people are signing up for health insurance coverage.  The Obama admini

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