THE NEW FORTY Disparity...
I recently became aware of a fairly significant disparity between the base budgets for NDSU and UND. I must confess that I do not pay all that much attention to those sort of things...mostly I just pa... Posted on 12/7/11 at 9:19 PM
THE WEST WING Council Meeting 9-6-2011
The following are the proposed agenda items for Tuesday evening's regular City Council meeting. The agenda and packet can be found on theCity Council web page.
The consent agenda contains the followi... Posted on 9/6/11 at 7:00 AM
It has been a big week for budget documents. In fact, members of Congress have presented not one but two full-fledged, serious proposals for spending and taxes over the next decade. Before I get to that, however, let me talk briefly about the third proposal presented this week — the one that isn’t serious, that’s essentially a cruel joke.
Across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services.
The White House conceded Wednesday that efforts to avoid automatic budget cuts are unlikely to succeed before they kick in and is initiating new talks with congressional leaders to confront seemingly intractable tax-and-spend issues.
New year, new faces, same old challenge in the Minnesota Legislature: a state budget that's out of whack. Yet again, the reconfigured Legislature that convenes on Tuesday will likely spend months searching for a solution to financial difficulties.
Wednesday’s state budget report included an item showing revenue from newly authorized electronic pull tabs is slow coming to the state. That set off fears that money from the new gambling form might not be enough to provide the state’s portion of new stadium cost.
No longer will North Dakotans be talking about the state’s billion-dollar surplus and reserves. Instead, they can start talking about $2 billion. The latest state finance report predicts a whopping $2 billion in surplus and reserves by June 30, 2013, the end of the biennium.
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