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Budget Battles AP The legislative year was marked in most states by fiscal partisanship, unpredictable revenues and continued pressure to lower taxes.
The new year is unlikely to be any different. More than a dozen states were too deeply split to meet their formal budget deadlines inand many of those will miss them again. More than a third of the states are now splitting power between the parties.
By early December, two of those split states, Illinois and Pennsylvania, had gone deep into the fiscal year without a budget being enacted.
In some states, the drop in oil and natural gas prices will continue to put pressure on budgets, as in Alaska and Oklahoma, which are dependent on energy revenues. Both are likely to face spending cuts, higher taxes or both.
But a more enduring problem for many states is systemic financial imbalance. In these states, legislatures have tended to paper over prior budget shortfalls with one-time fixes; now, as revenue shortages persist, lawmakers are left with a list of increasingly unappealing choices.
If was any indication, legislatures will wait until the last minute before settling on the best of their bad options. Kansas has had trouble balancing its budget ever since lawmakers enacted massive income tax cuts in and without any plan to make up for the lost dollars.
Louisiana also is taking a hit from slowing income tax revenues, largely a result of tax cuts and tax credits approved during a business and development boom in the middle of the last decade. In Kentucky and New Jersey, which have a long history of underfunding their public employee retirement systems, the debate over raising taxes to fund pension liabilities will continue.
In many other states, demands to reduce income taxes will compete against pressure to keep revenues stable. Expanding state sales taxes to additional areas of economic activity would help solve the political and fiscal logjam in many places, but so far states have succeeded only in modestly increasing sales taxes that already exist.
That is unlikely to change anytime soon in most states. While presidential candidates talk about proposals to close the gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, some states have already taken action.
In the past two years, 13 states and the District of Columbia have enacted minimum-wage increases. States are also taking up equal pay legislation, which seeks to eliminate the gender gap in compensation.
Many of the bills strengthen laws that already require equal pay for equivalent work. California and New York have adopted some of the strongest equal pay provisions, while Connecticut, New Hampshire and Oregon have addressed laws against salary secrecy.
Paid family leave laws are getting more attention in legislatures as studies have shown such laws to be financially beneficial for lower-income families, particularly minority women. Only 12 percent of U. Department of Labor have been spurring more governments to research ways to create and fund a family leave program.Post Politics from The Washington Post is the source for political news headlines, in-depth politics coverage and political opinion, plus breaking news on the Obama administration and White House.
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They may secretly give parties big donations. Or parties and candidates can buy votes instead of winning them. Hey, is OVER!
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