Government Cutbacks

Illinois Financial Crisis: State Debt, Pension Liabilities, and Tax Hikes Led to Economic Decline

Illinois Financial Crisis

The Illinois financial crisis is not yet over. The state government is in debt, with $9.0 billion in unpaid bills that the state has already received, and $7.5 billion in unpaid bills that the government has yet to receive. So, the total unpaid bills for Illinois add up to $16.5 billion. This giant backlog of bills tripled (more…)

Connecticut Budget Deficit to Reach $224 Million, Cuts & Tax Hike to Follow

Connecticut Budget Deficit

Connecticut’s budget deficit increased from $203.0 million to $224.0 million, and it may grow further. Revenue shortfalls caused the most significant budget cuts for Connecticut in this fiscal year. Forecasts predicted a Connecticut budget deficit shortfall of $178.4 million this fiscal year and $147.1 million in 2018-2019. The Federal Medicaid reimbursements contributed towards a major (more…)

U.S. Health Decline Shows Higher Mortality Rate Among American Babies Compared to Other Rich Countries

In a blow that illustrated the dramatic extent of the U.S. health decline, a new study shows that babies born in America are less likely to reach their first birthday than babies born in comparably wealthy countries. The study was undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). While the overall infant mortality (more…)

Amtrak Budget Cuts: Trump’s Infrastructure Improvement Tweet Contradicts His 2018 Rail Budget Plan

Amtrak budget cuts

Following the Amtrak derailment in Washington state where several cars jumped the track, leaving three people dead and over 100 injured, many are looking into the causes that contributed to the tragedy. One issue, in particular, has taken center stage since the accident: The Amtrak Budget 2018. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as (more…)

Ladywood High School in Livonia, MI Closing in 2018 Due to 60% Decline in Enrollment Since 2005

Ladywood High School closing

All-Girls Catholic School to Close After 68 Years in June 2018 Schools across the state of Michigan are potentially on the chopping block for closure, with the Ladywood High School closing being another addition to the growing trend. The all-girls Catholic school has shuttered, resulting in a Livonia school closing as the region deals with (more…)