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Special Education table

By: - September 4, 2013

Estimated FY 2013 IDEA Part B Grants to States Allocations with 5.0% Reduction from FY 2012 Enacted Level AL 8,915,770 AK 1,919,022 AZ  10,040,553 AR 5,633,069 CA 62,855,318 CO 8,108,108 CT 6,314,489 DE 1,839,638 FL 31,092,117 GA 17,458,448  HI 2,035,593 ID 2,865,332 IL 24,657,563 IN 12,376,969 IA 5,770,827 KS 5,251,785  KY 7,688,909 LA 9,752,289 ME […]

Locals Take Losses in State Budget Cuts

By: - December 15, 2009

The trickle-down effect of state budget problems is on display this week in New York and Rhode Island, where governors announced plans to cut aid to localities. Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri (R) on Monday (Dec. 14) announced that he plans to slash about million over the next six months from localities, the Providence Journal […]

Politically Uncorrected: Why George Bush should like Ike

By: - October 19, 2007

It is a widely accepted political certitude these days that George W. Bush’s presidency will be rated very low by historians and political scholars. The conventional wisdom holds that his unpopularity among voters and the controversial Iraq war will rank him among the worst of former presidents. And conventional wisdom may be right. America’s 43rd […]

Getting U.S. regions past sleepwalking

By: - July 1, 2007

BOSTON – Far too many of America’s metro regions have been sleepwalking into the 21st century, only mistily aware of how severely global economic competition and climate change may hit them. Or if aware, so splintered politically they’re dangerously slow to respond. Boston is trying avoid that trap. At a Boston College Citizen Seminar last […]

A ‘gathering storm’ of violent crime

By: - June 17, 2007

Are the bad old days back? Read the headlines and you’d think so: “Violent Crime Blazing Back in America,” reads one, “Big-city murders way up since ’04” another. The Police Executive Research Forum sees a “gathering storm” of violent crime, a “tipping point” in many cities. Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.) intones: “After years of driving […]

Selling Our Toll Roads: Good or Retrograde Idea?

By: - April 8, 2007

Decaying roads, rising traffic congestion, and voters distrustful of government and extraordinarily leery about increased gas taxes. What are political leaders to do? The hot” new idea is monetizing” toll roads and bridges — leasing them to a private operator in return for a big upfront payment or guaranteed year-by-year payback. Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley […]

Florida Charts Future After Jeb Bush

By: - October 12, 2006

Democratic candidate for Florida governor Jim Davis Republican candidate for Florida governor Charlie Crist TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After eight years of dominating Florida’s political scene, Republican Gov. Jeb Bush is being forced out by term limits, setting the scene for the state’s first gubernatorial battle in two decades in which there was no clear favorite. […]

New Look, New Features at

By: - August 24, 2006

You’ve undoubtedly noticed’s new look – four columns instead of three, more information on the homepage and new, more informative graphics. Our changes go beyond a mere facelift; you’ll find several new features intended to make this Web site an even better, more user-friendly resource for keeping track of significant state government developments and […]