Idaho is expected to face a budget deficit in fiscal year 2012 of approximately $350 million.
There is little question that the key issue for most voters in November’s election was the economy.
Georgia state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) wants to raise the state’s cigarette tax by a dollar per pack in order to help close the state’s $1.5 billion budget deficit.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed guidance for regulating greenhouse gas emissions was released in mid-November and is set to go into effect on January 2, 2011.
The current public outrage over bailouts, excessive spending, and a staggering national debt are helping fuel the push for a federal balanced budget amendment.
States are increasingly looking to soda, candy, and other so-called “fat” taxes as a way to shore up their budgets.