US States Budget Crisis
An accounting of a crime
By Toby Reese, 11 November 2019
November 8 marked one year since the outbreak of the Northern California Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history.
Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 November 2019
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced on Thursday that it is shutting down the 11-day strike, the longest in thirty years, and sending teachers back to work today before giving them the right to vote on a new contract.
By Renae Cassimeda, 28 October 2019
Large areas of northern California are engulfed in flames as wind gusts reach over 90 miles per hour, leading to the largest evacuation in the state’s history.
As educators enter eighth school day on strike
By George Marlowe, 28 October 2019
The sellout contract agreed to by SEIU Local 73 paves the way for the Chicago Teachers Union to order the teachers back to work.
By Matthew Taylor, 31 July 2019
Last Tuesday’s vote represents the latest effort in a years-long conspiracy by Mayor Lenny Curry and his backers to sell off the Florida city’s utility to private interests.
By Adam Mclean, 18 July 2019
The 41 percent reduction in the state budget for the University of Alaska will result in the elimination of dozens of degree programs and jeopardize climate research.
By Kristina Betinis, 2 July 2019
Last month, contracts for teachers also expired in Baltimore, Maryland; Newark, New Jersey and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Democrats promote right-wing, racialist politics
By Joseph Lorenz, 2 July 2019
The new offer ties the fate of the high school and possibly the district to test score performance benchmarks as well as financial obligations.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 June 2019
Thousands of students and residents of Benton Harbor have rallied to the defense of the city’s only high school, opposing the diktat of Michigan’s Democratic governor.
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 July 2018
Wall Street demands a fresh round of budget cuts as the social crisis on the US territory deepens.
By Michael Walters, 16 June 2018
The slashing of funding for the largest school district in Nebraska will result in the elimination of positions in the central office as well as bus drivers, student support liaisons, accountants and IT professionals.
By Warren Duzak, 9 June 2018
At a public hearing earlier this week, school employees denounced city officials for handing out corporate tax cuts while starving the public schools of resources.
By Jacob Crosse and Christopher Davion, 4 April 2018
The proposed slashing of humanities programs to cover a comparatively modest budget shortfall comes amid immense levels of social inequality and record profits for the wealthy.
By Steve Filips, 1 March 2018
This season’s severe winter and frigid temperatures is exacting a brutal toll in fire fatalities.
By Joseph Holden and Marcus Day, 20 February 2018
For the second year in a row, Iowa’s legislature is preparing to enact budget cuts slashing funding for public education and social services.
By Barry Grey, 18 January 2018
The latest version of the bipartisan plan proposes even more billions to militarize the US-Mexico border, including funds earmarked for Trump’s border wall with Mexico.
By Julian James, 18 January 2018
Last year the school eliminated special classes for students with major behavioral and learning challenges.
By Alexander Fangmann, 10 July 2017
The new budget will become law, enshrining massive across-the-board cuts of 5 percent to most state government agencies, and 10 percent to higher education.
By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2017
New Jersey and Maine began partial shutdowns Saturday, Illinois is near default, and seven other US states failed to adopt new budgets by a June 30 deadline.
By Marko Leone and Kevin Martinez, 20 May 2017
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has called for a 15 percent cut in the city’s budget for theaters, museums, playhouses and other cultural sites.
By Douglas Lyons, 21 February 2017
Wolf has proposed a budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year that does nothing to resolve the state’s education crisis and continues attacks on state workers.
By George Marlowe, 20 February 2017
Republican Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa signed a bill that would entail mid-year budget cuts of over $118 million, the bulk of which hit public schools and higher education.
By George Gallanis, 30 January 2017
The aim is to force the Illinois government to agree to a new state budget that will include sweeping attacks on social programs and public education.
By Douglas Lyons, 27 January 2017
Facing a budget shortfall of $600 million and structural deficit of $2 billion, Governor Wolf has started to attack social programs and state workers.
By Joe McGee, 25 January 2017
“Why is West Virginia so poor?” a new report asks. Some answers are to be found in the history of coal mining in the state as well as the severe impact of the 2008 financial crisis.
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 January 2017
With a stop-gap budget having expired on December 31, higher education and social services throughout the state have been left without funding.
By Douglas Lyons, 21 December 2016
Pennsylvania’s current budget deficit of $600 million will be used as a bludgeon against the pensions and benefits of teachers and other state employees.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2016
The legislation, which won overwhelming bipartisan approval, also bars the shutdown of the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
By Joe McGee, 5 December 2016
The state’s most vulnerable residents will be hit with an $11 million cut in public schools and a supposed one-time reduction of $25 million to Medicaid.
As school funding cuts continue
By Nancy Hanover, 24 October 2016
A new report throws into sharp relief both the advanced stage of decay of American public school education and the hostility to it of both Trump and Clinton.
By Alexander Fangmann, 29 June 2016
Many parts of state and local government will soon run out of money as the Democratic-controlled state legislature and the Republican governor continue wrangling over how to slash public services.
By Douglas Lyons, 29 June 2016
Financially distressed school districts are axing staff and educational programs and increasing class sizes in an effort to offset budget cuts that have taken a damaging toll.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 June 2016
An 11-month budget impasse and funding cuts threaten basic mental health provision in Illinois.
By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 4 June 2016
After decades of robust industry and manufacturing, the city now faces rising unemployment, poverty and social misery.
By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2016
The attack on pensions is the result of the collaboration of the unions, the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, which conspired to enact pension “reform” legislation in 2014.
By Shelley Connor, 20 April 2016
Houston’s working class residents have been forced to flee rising waters with little assistance from the city or state governments.
By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2016
None of the presidential candidates, including self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders, has made an issue of the food stamp cutoff.
By Douglas Lyons, 4 April 2016
The deal leaves an estimated $2 billion deficit unresolved until the next fiscal year.
By George Gallanis, 29 March 2016
As Illinois continues to operate without a budget, both Democrats and Republicans are exploiting the impasse to impose deep cuts on public higher education.
By John Marion, 22 March 2016
The governor-appointed board votes to increase fares, end late-night service, and prepares attacks on MBTA workers’ pensions behind the scenes.
By Tom Hall, 15 March 2016
Education and health care, two areas of spending not protected from cuts by the state’s constitution, have faced years of budget-slashing.
By Tom Hall, 23 February 2016
A special session of the Louisiana state legislature convened on Sunday to close a $2.9 billion deficit.
By Clement Daly, 29 December 2015
A large budget shortfall in the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency has prompted “draconian” cuts to the health care of more than 200,000 state workers and retirees.
By Douglas Lyons, 15 December 2015
The five-month-old deadlock has been used to withhold state and federal funds from nonprofit social service companies as well as public schools.
By Douglas Lyons, 20 October 2015
With state funding cut back, some schools and non-profits have had to scale back or fully eliminate programs and lay off workers.
By Douglas Lyons, 9 September 2015
In the third month of a state budget impasse, Democrats are calling for new attacks on public employees.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 August 2015
The governor’s proposal would place the highest paid newly hired teachers and state workers into a 401(k)-style pension agreement.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2015
The state's homeless shelters, food banks, and early childhood programs are starting to run out of money.
By Kathleen Martin, 23 July 2015
The state legislature is moving to enact regressive taxes to pay for the road construction efforts, in defiance of a popular vote in a referendum only two months ago.
By Douglas Lyons, 16 July 2015
Most social programs and the state’s 500 school districts have been operating on reduced funding for over 7 years and have used up any reserve they may have had.
By Douglas Lyons, 7 July 2015
Lawmakers are working to end, or significantly reduce, defined-benefit pension plans for all city and municipal workers.
By Kathleen Martin and Khara Sikhan, 29 June 2015
The law is one of a raft of vindictive measures throughout the country, which blames the poor for social ills caused by poverty in order to strip them of government assistance.
By Douglas Lyons, 1 June 2015
Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed a comprehensive pension reform bill that will permanently end pensions for future workers and diminish the returns of current workers.
By Robert Fowler, 27 May 2015
New York City’s three public library systems will see a continuation of budget cuts and the denial of necessary capital spending under Democratic Party mayor Bill de Blasio.
By Philip Guelpa, 25 April 2015
The proposed service cuts and fare increases are a step towards eliminating unprofitable routes, with the ultimate aim of privatizing those that remain.
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 18 April 2015
The suburban Detroit city of Hazel Park is laying off nearly a quarter of its school district staff and slashing the pay of the remaining teachers and support personnel.
By George Gallanis and Marcus Day, 28 March 2015
Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents are facing both steep reductions in monthly food aid and stricter eligibility requirements.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 March 2015
The plan from Governor Cuomo and the state legislature continues the drive to dismantle public education through the expansion of charter schools and attacks on teachers.
By Samuel Davidson, 13 March 2015
Tax increases for the working class, including sales and income taxes, underwrite much of what is new in Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s budget.
By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2015
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will argue before the state Supreme Court that Illinois is entitled to use its “police powers” to overturn the state constitution.
By Trent Novak, 31 January 2015
In his first move since taking office last week, Maryland’s newly inaugurated governor, Republican Larry Hogan, unveiled an austerity budget aimed at eliminating a $750 million shortfall.
By Christine Schofelt, 3 October 2014
A proposed two-tier fare scheme in Seattle is an effort to distract from rising rates and cuts in public transit service.
By Richard Vargas, 3 October 2014
A 10 percent cut at the public health department will lead to clinic closures and discontinued services such as testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
By Samuel Davidson, 30 June 2014
Governor Tom Corbett is demanding pensions be cut and liquor stores privatized as part of any budget deal.
By Samuel Davidson, 9 June 2014
The state is facing a $1.3 to $1.5 billion deficit for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
By Samuel Davidson, 19 May 2014
In April, the state collected $495 million less in tax revenue than projected.
By Anthony Bertolt, 1 May 2014
Billions of dollars in sequester cuts to the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation will result in untold delays in life-saving medical and biological research.
By John Marion, 31 March 2014
Teaching, paraprofessional and administrative jobs will be cut, while 7th and 8th graders are forced to ride public transportation to school.
By Rory Dean and Sandy English, 20 March 2014
The layoffs are part of the drive to privatize public education in the state’s largest city.
By Douglas Lyons, 14 March 2014
The governor and state legislators are seeking to cut pensions for hundreds of thousands of state employees and teachers covered by the two state pension systems.
By Kate Randall, 14 March 2014
Several hundred people turned out Wednesday for a public hearing to address the impact of cuts to the Boston Public Schools budget for fiscal year 2015.
By Isabelle Belanger, 6 March 2014
The proposed cuts to libraries in New York State will leave funding well below where it was in 1998.
By Dan Conway, 27 January 2014
Governor Brown signaled that nothing would be done to help the state’s workers.
By Andre Damon, 30 December 2013
The cutoff of jobless benefits for 1.3 million unemployed workers is the culmination of a year in which social programs have been slashed by tens of billions of dollars.
Inquiry gains momentum among workers
By Tim Rivers, 23 December 2013
At a Chrysler plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market, workers denounced the looting of city pensions and the art museum, the mortgage swindle and the disappearance of well-paying jobs.
By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2013
The agreement between President Obama and Congress entails the cutoff of extended unemployment benefits and attacks the pensions of federal workers.
By Andre Damon, 13 December 2013
This week’s bipartisan budget agreement represents yet another attack on working people in the US.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2013
With the opening of another 4,100 school bus routes for rebids and the closure of the largest school bus company, thousands more face layoffs, or wage and benefit cuts.
By Dan Conway, 11 December 2013
New economic and sociological data reveal deteriorating social conditions for California’s working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 11 December 2013
The 2012 “Report of the State Budget Crisis Task Force” makes the case for massive cuts to social benefits and social infrastructure.
By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2013
The talks have turned to discussions of a tradeoff in which cuts in entitlement programs such federal pensions would be substituted for cuts in discretionary spending.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 7 December 2013
The White House said Friday it would agree to a budget deal with the Republicans that excludes an extension of federal benefits for the long-term unemployed.
By our reporters, 13 November 2013
Two million people, or 16 percent of the Illinois population, are affected by the SNAP benefits cut.
By Debra Watson and Mitch Marcus, 9 November 2013
Nearly one in five in Michigan, the 1.8 million people currently on food assistance, will see a substantial cut in their food stamp benefit this month.
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 November 2013
Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget address to the city council outlined a series of job and benefit cuts.
As food stamp cuts set to begin
By Andre Damon, 1 November 2013
The bipartisan conference committee created as part of the deal to end October’s government shutdown met for the first time Wednesday.
By Leon Gutierrez, 31 October 2013
Cutbacks in the local school district are part of a broader attack being carried out by both Republicans and Democrats.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2013
A Philadelphia student died September 25 from an asthma attack suffered at William C. Bryant Elementary School, which had no nurse on duty that day.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 17 October 2013
The budget agreement passed by Congress Wednesday establishes the framework for a bipartisan deal to deepen cuts in social spending and initiate an historic attack on Social Security and Medicare.
By Alexander Fangmann, 17 October 2013
Health insurance subsidies for 30,000 workers, as well as their spouses and dependents, will be phased out over three years.
By Jerry White, 16 October 2013
Nearly 20,000 retired municipal workers in Detroit will see their city-paid health benefits disappear as of January 1, 2014.
By Andre Damon, 9 October 2013
US President Barack Obama reassured congressional Republicans that he would agree to entitlement cuts if they vote to increase the government’s debt limit.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2013
Postmortem comments on the death of the New York City Opera ignore the fundamental issues raised by the collapse of the “people’s opera.”
By Andre Damon, 4 October 2013
There were more indications Thursday that the aim of both the Democrats and Republicans in negotiations to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling will focus on major cuts to entitlement programs.
By David Brown, 30 September 2013
California’s third largest city is preparing to slash pensions for new-hires, current employees and retirees.
By Andre Damon, 28 September 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Thursday to freeze the city’s pension plans, wiping out benefits for thousands of workers.
By Andre Damon, 27 September 2013
Behind the largely stage-managed facade of “partisan gridlock,” the Democratic and Republican Parties are united in attacking the social conditions and living standards of working people.
By Adam Soroka, 26 September 2013
Washington DC Council failed to override Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray’s veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act.
By Gabriel Black, 23 September 2013
Governor Jerry Brown has orchestrated an emergency agreement with the federal government that will restore $1.6 billion in public transit grants that had been revoked due to a dispute over Brown’s 2012 pension reform.
By Dan Conway, 31 August 2013
Bankruptcy protection in San Bernardino, California will allow the city to drastically cut payments to the state pension fund.