US States Budget Crisis
By James Brewer, 16 July 2011
The Michigan state Senate has passed legislation that will limit all welfare benefits to 48 months, immediately throwing tens of thousands into destitution.
By John Marion, 15 July 2011
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a budget that cuts state spending by $750 million and opens the way for cities and town to rip up workers’ existing health care agreements.
By Oliver Richards, 14 July 2011
The decision to hit students with another massive tuition increase came at the same time the Board of Regents approved a sharp pay hike for the new president of San Diego State University.
By Michael Stapleton, 12 July 2011
With the government shutdown in Minnesota into its second week, people and agencies around the state are experiencing its serious impact.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 July 2011
With the start of the new fiscal year, the majority of US states are inflicting deep cuts to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor.
By Philip Guelpa, 6 July 2011
Layoff notices were sent to 451 New York State employees at the end of last week. This is the first wave of layoffs that could reach a total of 9,800 if the state workforce does not agree to massive concessions.
Casualities of budget cuts
By Kevin Martinez, 5 July 2011
Massive cuts in California are having an impact throughout the state, including the inability to open a new high school and medical center in Riverside due to insufficient funds.
By Toby Reese, 4 July 2011
The Minnesota government shut down many of its operations on Friday after legislators failed to come to a budget agreement.
By a reporting team, 4 July 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in the US state of Connecticut, where union leaders are trying to find a way to impose the $1.6 billion concessions deal they had agreed to with Governor Dannel Malloy, but that had been rejected in a rank-and-file vote.
State spending reduced to lowest level in 29 years
By Dan Conway, 2 July 2011
The state budget, including measures enacted in March, reduces spending by $15 billion. Governor Jerry Brown’s first enacted budget is the largest single reduction in spending in the history of California.
By a WSWS reporting team, 29 June 2011
Surrounded by dozens of Democratic and Republican legislators and mayors, on Tuesday New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that imposes sweeping attacks on the state’s 750,000 teachers, municipal workers and other public employees and retirees.
By John Marion, 28 June 2011
With the end of the state and city fiscal years this week, the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island is escalating his campaign to ram through a budget that includes massive layoffs, increases in taxes and fees on city residents, school closures, and cuts to public worker benefits.
By Barry Grey, 27 June 2011
Last week, the Democratic-controlled New Jersey Assembly passed a sweeping package of pension and health care cuts and attacks on government workers’ bargaining rights, while workers in Connecticut rejected a concessions deal pushed by the Democratic governor and backed by the unions.
By Fred Mazelis, 27 June 2011
The state government of Connecticut has been thrown into crisis following the June 24 announcement that the state’s 45,000 state employees have rejected a $1.6 billion concessions contract.
By Toby Reese, 22 June 2011
The Wisconsin biennial budget is expected to go into effect on July 1 after it receives a final signature from Republican Governor Scott Walker.
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 June 2011
School board officials appointed by Chicago’s new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, voted to rescind promised pay raises to the city’s 30,000 teachers.
By Dorian Griscom, 21 June 2011
Forty-five thousand Connecticut state workers have begun to vote on a deal with the Democratic administration of Governor Dannel Malloy containing $1.6 billion in concessions.
An attack on public education
By Toby Reese and Lawrence Porter, 20 June 2011
The decision to turn CFA, an award-winning school for pregnant and parenting teens in Detroit, into a charter operation is an attack on public education, not a victory.
By Dan Conway, 20 June 2011
As the 2010-2011 fiscal year comes to a close, the state of California faces the prospect of fiscal insolvency and the creation of a “doomsday budget” involving massive cuts to social programs.
By John Marion, 20 June 2011
The Democratic Party-controlled Massachusetts state Senate has voted to eliminate a program that pays nursing homes to hold beds when residents leave for hospital care and family visits.
By Peter Daniels, 18 June 2011
Thousands of New Jersey state workers demonstrated in the state capital June 16 to denounce a bipartisan deal that would sharply increase employee pension and health care contributions.
By Jerry White, 16 June 2011
The Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday cleared the way for the imposition of a new state law that will gut the living standards and workplace rights of public employees.
By Shannon Jones, 16 June 2011
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality held a June 14 meeting in Detroit to oppose the closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy.
By A. Woodson, 15 June 2011
The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation board voted 8-2 on May 26 to close the Brooklyn Central Laundry and privatize all 83 laundry workers’ jobs.
By Janel Flechsig, 14 June 2011
EMU is planning to cut 70 positions, freeze wages for unionized workers, and raise tuition by 7 percent.
By Philip Guelpa, 13 June 2011
New York state’s Democratic governor has threatened to lay off 9,800 workers and cut pension benefits for state employees.
By Allison Smith and Tom Carter, 13 June 2011
The United Teachers of Los Angeles has once again collaborated with state officials and the Democratic Party to impose cuts on teachers and the state education system.
By Lawrence Porter, 10 June 2011
Rallies and informational pickets were held by teachers across Michigan against massive education cuts implemented last month.
By Andre Damon, 8 June 2011
Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson Academy will be permanently closed this month, Asenath Andrews, the school’s principal, told teachers Tuesday after the school district’s emergency financial manager ordered its closure.
By Toby Reese, 8 June 2011
The Democratic governor of Washington state has signed a bill that, if approved by the Obama administration, would convert Medicaid into a block-grant program and allow for deep cuts in benefits.
By A. Woodson, 7 June 2011
New York City firefighters and supporters demonstrated against plans to shut down fire companies across the city.
By Tom Carter, 4 June 2011
A two-year budget tentatively approved May 29 in the Texas legislature slashes no less than $15 billion from a total state budget of $172 billion.
By Toby Reese, 4 June 2011
A court ruling striking down an anti-worker law curtailing collective bargaining rights is scheduled to be reviewed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on June 6.
3 June 2011
Residents assembled at Ten Eyck pool to protest the closure of six community pools in the city of Dearborn.
By Isabelle Belanger, 2 June 2011
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law two bills in May that expand charter schools and attack teachers.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 June 2011
The tax cap, which is being strongly promoted by both Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo and the state’s Republicans, is one component of a multi-pronged attack on public education.
By Naomi Spencer, 31 May 2011
The Obama administration is seeking to block lawsuits challenging state budget cuts to the health care program for the poor and disabled.
By a WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2011
In response to past budget cuts and the threat of future ones, California’s schools have continued to layoff teachers and staff while axing programs.
By Sandy English, 27 May 2011
Budget cuts will sharply reduce library services in New York City, and hit workers and the poor especially hard.
By Roger Herman, 25 May 2011
Nevada currently leads the US in unemployment, bankruptcies and foreclosures, and now it has a budget deficit that stands at 54 percent of the total state budget, the highest percentage in the nation.
By Kevin Martinez, 25 May 2011
In his revised May state budget proposal, California’s Democratic governor Jerry Brown proposed a multitude of tax extensions and spending cuts to balance California’s remaining $9.6 billion deficit.
By Trent Novak, 24 May 2011
Thousands of teachers and other school employees face layoffs and services will be slashed.
Massachusetts residents react to budget cuts
By Kate Randall, 24 May 2011
The Massachusetts state budget will underfund Medicaid by $750 million and cut $7.9 million in direct benefits to the poor.
Public meeting in Los Angeles
24 May 2011
This public meeting will address the political issues in the fight against the attack on health care and education in California and throughout this US.
By Tobin Reese, 23 May 2011
Several thousand teachers, students and other workers came together at the state capitol building in Lansing, Michigan on Saturday in opposition to cuts in public education.
By David Brown and Dan Conway, 23 May 2011
California Governor Jerry Brown has released his proposal to deal with state’s remaining budget deficit through $2.2 billion in spending cuts and $9 billion in regressive tax proposals.
By A. Woodson, 23 May 2011
Hundreds of Yonkers teachers, students, parents and school staff turned out to protest massive budget cuts being proposed by the mayor and the school board.
By Shannon Jones, 21 May 2011
Detroit’s Democratic Party-controlled city council called this week for $65 million in spending cuts beyond the $200 million contained in the budget Mayor David Bing outlined last month.
By Jeff Lincoln, 21 May 2011
On Monday, the House-Senate conference committee in the US state of Texas reached a tentative agreement on much of the state’s two-year state budget.
By Charles Bogle, 21 May 2011
The Obama administration’s proposed budget for 2012 will limit access to higher education for countless working class students.
By Alexander Fangmann, 19 May 2011
The Democratic-controlled General Assembly in Illinois is seeking to reduce the state's deficit through vicious cuts to health care, education, workers' compensation, and aid to municipalities.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 May 2011
As Rahm Emanuel takes office, cuts to municipal services, payroll and pensions loom while privatizations are being planned.
By Tobin Reese and Gita Ruffman, 18 May 2011
Due to a drastic decrease in education funding statewide, suburban and outlying communities around the Detroit area are facing significant budget cuts.
By Fred Mazelis, 18 May 2011
Connecticut is the latest state under a Democratic Party governor to impose massive cutbacks on state employees.
By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2011
With the state already facing a budget deficit of over $1 billion, the Michigan legislature has enacted a huge tax shift from business onto workers and retirees.
By Kristina Betinis, 17 May 2011
Amidst deep cuts in education spending in Illinois and throughout the country, the bill, backed by the Democratic and Republican Parties as well as the trade unions, will make it much easier to fire teachers and will effectively eliminate the right to strike.
By Ed Hightower, 17 May 2011
Florida lawmakers voted to put a cap on Medicaid payments to health care providers Friday, replacing the system of fee-for-service reimbursements.
By James Brewer, 16 May 2011
After waiting in long lines, the attendees were given information for what would be at most a couple hundred job openings.
By Barry Grey, 14 May 2011
President Obama met Thursday with Senate Republicans as part of a stage-managed “debate” on raising the legal limit on the national debt, behind which the Democrats and Republicans are working out a bipartisan plan to slash trillions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid.
Video: Catherine Ferguson Academy students and teachers speak on school closures and social inequality
By Andre Damon and Jerry White, 14 May 2011
In this video, the second part of a series, Detroit students and teachers speak about the attack on public education and the impact of the closure of their school on the community.
By Sandy English, 14 May 2011
Several thousand protesters marched past Wall Street and New York City’s financial district late Thursday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $600 million in budget cuts
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to teenagers from Brooklyn who joined Thursday’s march against the budget cuts announced by New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They work in the Cypress Hills Beacon Program, a community center based in the schools that provides adult education, after-school and summer programs, as well as health and recreational programs.
By Andre Damon and Jerry White, 13 May 2011
Catherine Ferguson Academy, located on the near westside of Detroit, is one of over 50 schools slated to be closed or sold off to charter school operators within the next month by Robert Bobb, the school district’s emergency financial manager.
By Kate Randall, 10 May 2011
A Florida move to slash unemployment benefits is the latest in a series of attacks on the jobless by state governments across the US.
By David Brown, 9 May 2011
Over the next week, announcements of catastrophic cuts to public education in California are expected from the administration of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
By Sandy English, 9 May 2011
New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday announced $600 million in budget cuts.
By Kate Randall, 6 May 2011
Vice President Joe Biden hosted bipartisan talks Thursday morning aimed at reaching an agreement on the $1.6 trillion federal budget deficit.
By Jerry White, 5 May 2011
As formal talks resume on slashing the federal budget, Democrats and Republicans on the state level are imposing anti-worker laws to criminalize opposition to the sweeping attacks on public education and other social rights.
By Janel Flechsig, 2 May 2011
On March 16, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 4 of 2011 into law. The bill, also called the Local Government and School District Financial Accountability Act, extends the powers of appointed Emergency Financial Managers (EFMs), to institute fiscal reform of local and municipal government.
By John Marion, 2 May 2011
The Democratic-controlled Massachusetts House of Representatives has voted that cities and towns throughout the state can rip up existing union contracts, forcing municipal workers into cheaper health insurance plans.
By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2011
Democratic and Republican politicians at the US state and local level are pressing ahead with a new round of attacks on the jobs and living standards of public employees.
By Jerry White, 29 April 2011
Governor Rick Snyder outlined his plan to “reinvent” education through a sweeping attack on teachers and public education in a speech in Detroit Wednesday.
By Dan Conway, 27 April 2011
The Los Angeles, California city government, headed by Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is working with the trade unions to enforce drastic cuts in pay and benefits on its 19,000-member workforce.
By Jack Hood and Oliver Richards, 26 April 2011
Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown has launched a statewide campaign to promote his proposals to extend regressive taxes as part of a budget-cutting plan that includes deep cuts in social programs.
By David Brown, 19 April 2011
In the US state of California, both the Democrats and Republicans, led by Governor Jerry Brown, are pushing for pension reform as yet another way to make workers pay for the budget crisis.
By Kristina Betinis and James Nykvist, 16 April 2011
On April 14, the Illinois Senate abruptly and unanimously approved a bill containing sweeping attacks on teachers, with fulsome support of the state education unions.
By Tom Eley, 14 April 2011
In the states of Washington and Colorado, Democrats are putting in place deep cuts in public education funding.
By Andre Damon, 14 April 2011
More than five thousand workers protested Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's budget cuts outside the state capitol in Lansing on Wednesday.
By Jerry White, 13 April 2011
In a budget address Tuesday, Detroit Mayor David Bing outlined his plan to slash services and force the city’s 10,000 municipal workers to pay a large portion of their health and pension benefits.
By Jack Cody and Russell Roller, 13 April 2011
The WSWS spoke to teachers and students in the US state of California about the deep cuts being implemented in public education at all levels.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 April 2011
The newly adopted budget for the State of New York contains savage attacks on major services for the working class, while at the same time providing substantial tax cuts for the wealthy and support for businesses.
By Tom Eley, 9 April 2011
In a judicial election promoted by the trade unions as the primary means of fighting Governor Scott Walker’s anti-worker law, the Republican incumbent established a significant lead after thousands of allegedly uncounted ballots were added to his vote total by a right-wing county clerk.
By Andre Damon, 7 April 2011
JoAnne Kloppenburg, the trade union-backed challenger for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat, proclaimed victory Wednesday after preliminary ballot counts showed she won by a tiny margin over her Republican-backed rival.
By Kristina Betinis, 7 April 2011
The Chicago school board is proposing the elimination of eight schools and at least 200 teachers through consolidation.
Reject the AFL-CIO and Democratic Party
By Socialist Equality Party, 4 April 2011
Supporters of the SEP are distributing the following statements at the “We Are One” demonstrations organized by the AFL-CIO in Madison, Wisconsin and other locations in the US.
By Ali Ismail, 2 April 2011
Hundreds of students and teachers from across the state of New York gathered at the Capitol in Albany to protest a new state budget that includes $1.2 billion in cuts to education.
2 April 2011
Students and teachers speak out against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cuts to education spending.
By Tom Carter, 2 April 2011
Last week, the administration of California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, with the full support of both parties, passed a draconian package of $8 billion in budget cuts.
By Jerry White, 1 April 2011
The Republican governor of Ohio signed Senate Bill 5, putting into a law an unprecedented attack on the 360,000 workers who provide public services in the Midwestern US state.
By Kate Randall, 1 April 2011
Several thousand workers protested Thursday against a New Hampshire budget proposal that would slash spending and strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights.
By John Marion, 1 April 2011
Massachusetts is experiencing growing levels of food insecurity, according to a recently released report by a non-profit agency that tracks hunger in the state.
By James Brewer, 31 March 2011
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed 2012 budget will axe library funding by 40 percent.
By Andy Hammer, 31 March 2011
A budget proposal currently under review by the Texas House of Representatives would cut billions in spending on public education and health care to close a projected $27 billion deficit.
By Kim Saito and Rafael Azul, 30 March 2011
In Costa Mesa, California, city maintenance worker Huy Pham jumped to his death shortly after officials announced that they were going ahead with the sacking of nearly half the city workforce.
By Rosa Shahnazarian, 30 March 2011
The state House budget proposal includes deep cuts in education and health care, and increases the contribution state workers would be required to make toward their health insurance premiums.
By Jerry White, 30 March 2011
The WSWS replies to a letter sent by an AFSCME union official in Nebraska.
By David Brown and Joseph Kishore, 29 March 2011
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last week a package of measures that will slash billions from welfare, health care, and education. Meanwhile, the trade unions and the Democratic Party are working to push through concessions contracts on state and city workers.
By Jerry White, 29 March 2011
An Indiana deputy prosecutor urged Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to stage a violent provocation in order to discredit popular opposition to his attack on public employees, according to an email uncovered by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
By John Marion, 29 March 2011
The Boston School Committee has voted to approve a fiscal year 2012 budget that slashes $63 million in spending and more than 250 jobs, while attacking teachers’ bargaining rights.
By Shannon Jones, 28 March 2011
Michigan Republicans have voted to cut unemployment benefits at a time when the state’s jobless rate is one of the highest in the US.