Mike Clements

Prison-Population Boom Means Added Costs for States

By: - August 1, 2003

The U.S. prison population rose 2.6 percent to 2,166,260 inmates during 2002, according to a recently released U.S. Justice Department report. The increase comes at a challenging time for states mired in a deep fiscal crisis, since 55 percent of all inmates are housed in state prisons. According to The Sentencing Project, a non-profit research […]

States Court Boeing for Airliner Project

By: - July 8, 2003

State governments across the country are aggressively courting the Boeing Co. as the country’s largest airplane builder shops around for an assembly site for its proposed new commercial airliner, the 7E7 Dreamliner. Amid a crippling budget crisis, the states are cobbling together incentive packages to win the jobs, tax revenue and prestige that a big […]

Budget Cuts Paint Dreary Picture for State-Arts Funding

By: - June 20, 2003

Amid an ongoing state fiscal crisis, arts agencies have fallen on hard times, with state lawmakers cutting arts funding more than 20 percent over the past two years and further cuts planned this year, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). Officials in several states, including New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and […]