US States Budget Crisis
By Roseanna Donatello, 30 June 2012
The Los Angeles County Superior Court system, the largest in the country, already sustaining a budget loss of $70 million, has had its budget slashed another $30 million.
By David Brown, 27 June 2012
Democratic Party Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit has announced plans to lay off 18 percent of the city’s firefighters.
By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2012
Despite claims that the US has avoided European-style austerity measures, state governments are carrying out devastating cuts in jobs and services.
By Dan Conway, 23 June 2012
The agreement between Democratic Party Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will slash welfare spending and reduce child care coverage and college aid. It is part of a broader austerity campaign that has one the support of the trade unions.
By Christopher Davion, 20 June 2012
Illinois Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass a series of bills enacting major cuts to the state’s Medicaid program.
By Kevin Kearney, 18 June 2012
Stockton, California will potentially declare bankruptcy as early as June 25, tearing up the contracts of public employees. This would mark the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
By Walter Gilberti, 13 June 2012
Students and teachers from the closing school spoke to the WSWS at a farewell event on the grounds.
By Allison Smith, 8 June 2012
With the support of the SEIU, Governor Jerry Brown is attempting to sugar coat massive cuts to social services and increased taxes on the poor, with a token tax on the rich.
By Naomi Spencer, 31 May 2012
Ypsilanti, Michigan, like countless other industrial cities across the Midwest, is preparing to decimate basic services.
By Rafael Azul and Roseanna Donatello, 21 May 2012
California’s unemployment rate has declined from 11 percent in March to 10.9 percent in April because many workers have simply stopped looking for work, according to figures released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2012
Close to two hundred people packed a school board meeting in Redford Township, Michigan to protest plans to privatize school bus, custodial and maintenance services.
By Rafael Azul, 16 May 2012
On Monday, California’s Democratic Party Mayor Jerry Brown called for drastic cuts in health care and government worker pay, two days after the state announced a projected deficit increase of nearly $7 billion for next year.
By Trent Novak, 3 May 2012
As part of a nation-wide attack on public education, officials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are utilizing a budget crisis to close 64 schools and drastically restructure the public school system.
By Jack Cody, 1 May 2012
California state controller John Chiang last week reported that the state fell $233.5 million short of revenue expectations for the month of March; $125.8 million of that figure, or 54 percent, comes from a shortfall in corporate income tax revenue.
By Debra Watson, 1 May 2012
Another round of cuts in Detroit’s bus service went into effect Saturday that will in some cases double the scheduled time between buses on over thirty routes in the city.
By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2012
Over 200 students at two high schools in Detroit’s southwestern neighborhood walked out of class on Wednesday to protest school closures, poor conditions, and the growth of charter schools.
By John Marion, 27 April 2012
Like Central Falls before them, local Rhode Island governments are seizing on the financial crisis and the threat of bankruptcy as a pretext to tear up municipal workers’ contracts.
By Ryan Rahilly, 25 April 2012
The University of Kentucky announced Friday it is planning to raise tuition by 6 percent and suspend raises for faculty and staff.
By A. Woodson and Alan Whyte, 23 April 2012
The Democratic Mayor of Yonkers, New York delivered a speech last week calling for a nearly 10 percent reduction in the city’s budget.
By Christine Schofelt, 20 April 2012
As a result of legislation signed by President Obama, unemployed people in the state of Washington will see their long-term unemployment benefits reduced from 99 weeks to 73 weeks.
By Shannon Jones, 16 April 2012
Detroit mayor Dave Bing’s fiscal 2012-13 budget proposal cuts some $160 million in spending, and includes the layoff of 1,300 of the city’s 11,000 employees.
By Tom Carter, 13 April 2012
Last week, in the midst of an ongoing pseudo-legal assault on a century of federal social programs, the Obama administration obsequiously obeyed a politically motivated order by right-wing federal appeals court judge Jerry Smith.
By David Brown, 11 April 2012
Under the guise of “increasing efficiency,” California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a reorganization of state agencies that would result in the elimination of around 3,000 jobs.
By Trent Novak, 9 April 2012
The public school system of Chester, Pennsylvania, is surviving on a month-to-month basis
By Shannon Jones, 6 April 2012
The Detroit City Council voted 5-4 Wednesday in favor of a consent agreement drawn up by Governor Rick Snyder, which gives city officials dictatorial powers to scrap union contracts and cut services
By Kate Randall, 6 April 2012
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority board of directors approved a budget that includes a 23 percent average systemwide fare hike to buses, rapid transit, and other services.
By Rafael Azul, 23 March 2012
On March 15, California schools handed out 20,000 layoff notices to teachers and other employees in all the school districts across the state.
“It is leading Detroit into another dark age”
By Shannon Jones, 19 March 2012
Working people in Detroit reacted with shock and outrage at plans for an emergency financial control board with powers to impose huge new spending cuts.
Greece comes to the American Midwest
By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2012
The “consent agreement” demanded by the state of Michigan would effectively abolish local government in the city of Detroit and impose rule by an unelected financial control board.
By Shannon Jones, 14 March 2012
The Detroit Day School for the Deaf, organized in 1898, is one of more than a dozen schools slated to be shuttered next fall on orders of Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts.
By Alexander Fangmann, 13 March 2012
Governor Pat Quinn’s budget address laid out plans to cut Medicaid spending by 18 percent and open a full-scale attack on public employee pensions.
By Debra Watson, 10 March 2012
The recent authorization of the use of Tasers in Michigan prisons has focused attention on the inhuman conditions inflicted on mentally ill inmates.
By an ISSE reporting team, 8 March 2012
Transit workers have been operating without a contract for more than six months since the old one expired on September 11th, 2011.
By Kevin Kearney, 6 March 2012
Stockton—California’s 13th largest city—is considering filing bankruptcy under Chapter 9 of federal bankruptcy law.
By Matthew MacEgan, 3 March 2012
Students spoke to members of the International Students for Social Equality on the proposed 44.3 percent budget cut to state funding for the University of South Florida.
By our reporters, 1 March 2012
Workers and residents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania spoke to Socialist Equality Party supporters about the impact of budget cuts in transit on their ability to carry out the most basic day-to-day activities.
By Mike Ingram, 27 February 2012
Thousands of people throughout the Greater Boston area have attended public hearings to protest proposals from the MBTA for steep fare increases and drastic cuts in service.
By Philip Guelpa and Steve Light, 27 February 2012
New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the statewide teachers union reached agreement on February 16 to introduce a system for evaluating the effectiveness of teachers based on student standardized test scores.
By Lawrence Porter, 27 February 2012
Hundreds of furious Detroit residents attended hearings last Friday called by the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) to announce, once again, cuts to the beleaguered city bus system.
By Samuel Davidson, 21 February 2012
Public and higher education, health care, libraries and mass transportation are among the programs that are targeted under Governor Tom Corbett’s $27 billion budget proposed last week.
By Matthew Brennan, 18 February 2012
Nearly 30,000 “long-term” unemployed workers in Michigan—those out of work for more than six months—had their extended benefits assistance terminated February 18.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 February 2012
Detroit Mayor David Bing announced that the city would end early morning bus services on March 3.
By Clement Daly, 15 February 2012
The Democratic administration of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is preparing budget cuts to social programs upon which hundreds of thousands of West Virginians depend.
By Shane Feratu and Scott Martin, 8 February 2012
The Jane Addams Hull House Association, one of the largest non-profit social service organizations in Chicago, abruptly shut down on Friday, January 27, after 120 years.
By Steve Light and Sandy English, 7 February 2012
New York City's billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg will “overhaul” 33 schools and phase out another 18.
New boss of Highland Park, Michigan schools
By Nancy Hanover, 3 February 2012
On his first day on the job as Emergency Manager of the Highland Park Schools, Martin announced the closure of one of three remaining schools in the impoverished district.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 February 2012
Kentucky’s Democratic Governor Steve Beshear proposed budget cuts of 8.4 percent for many state agencies and spending freezes for other critical areas.
By E. Galen, 25 January 2012
Federal and state funding for shelter and other services for victims of domestic violence is being cut even as the need for emergency shelter is going up.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2012
The main points in Governor Cuomo’s budget address included reductions in pensions for new state workers, a teacher evaluation program to intensify attacks on public education, and consolidation of state agencies leading to further layoffs.
By Kate Randall, 19 January 2012
Rhode Island food banks are now serving 60,000 people a month, a 58 percent increase since the beginning of the recession.
By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2012
The recall campaign has been used used by the unions to disperse and divert the mass opposition to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-worker policies.
By a reporter, 18 January 2012
The fiscal 2012 budget proposed by South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley slashes the state’s corporate income tax rate by 25 percent.
By Naomi Spencer, 16 January 2012
The federal Department of Agriculture, responsible for safety enforcement over much of the nation’s food producers, has announced closures of 259 field offices.
By Christine Schofelt, 11 January 2012
As the Washington state legislature reconvenes, $1.5 billion in cuts will see further reductions to social services.
By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2012
A 10-member review board is recommending the appointment of an emergency financial manager to take charge of the Highland Park School District in Michigan.
By Niles Williamson, 5 January 2012
The University of Wisconsin system faces a new round of cuts as a result of the budget passed last year, likely leading to another sharp increase in tuition.
By Lawrence Porter, 5 January 2012
Under the guise of opposing the threat of an emergency manager in Detroit, a highly-orchestrated rally was held by Detroit’s Democratic Party establishment Monday evening.
By Kevin Martinez, 3 January 2012
A Stanford University report, authored by a former Democratic legislator, recommends deep cuts to California’s biggest retirement systems.
By Shannon Jones, 3 January 2012
Those appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to an emergency financial review board to examine Detroit’s finances are drawn from an elite milieu of wealthy executives and political insiders.
By Shannon Jones and Debra Watson, 31 December 2011
Members of Warriors on Wheels, an advocacy group for people with disabilities, recently spoke to the WSWS on the impact of recent cuts in bus service in Detroit and surrounding areas.
Socialist Equality Party, 28 December 2011
The campaign by sections of the Democratic Party establishment against a state takeover of Detroit has nothing in common with a defense of the rights of working people.
By James Brewer, 23 December 2011
Michigan State Treasury Department has announced a financial review of Detroit to prepare even deeper attacks on Detroit workers.
By Kate Randall, 23 December 2011
Retired city employees in bankrupt Central Falls, Rhode Island face cuts of up to 55 percent of their pensions, while municipal bondholders will get all that is owed to them.
By Christine Schofelt, 23 December 2011
In authorizing $480 million in cuts Wednesday, Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire pledged $1.5 billion more to be cut in January.
By Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover, 16 December 2011
Pontiac firefighters picketed the proceedings where, under Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager law, the Pontiac Fire Department will be taken over by neighboring Waterford, with slashed wages and manning.
By Jack Cody, 13 December 2011
Midway through the 2011-2012 fiscal year, California Governor Jerry Brown is preparing for billions of dollars in new cuts, targeting public education and the most vulnerable sections of the population.
By Andre Damon, 12 December 2011
Detroit city officials are proposing to lay off between ten and twenty percent of the city's municipal employees while cutting the remaining workers' pay and benefits.
State moving toward takeover of Detroit
By Shannon Jones, 10 December 2011
An emergency financial manager recently appointed to run Flint, Michigan is wielding his power to impose spending and job cuts.
By Christine Schofelt, 6 December 2011
Protestors at the Washington state capitol building delayed the start of the Supplemental Legislative Session called November 28 to impose more cuts in social services and education.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 5 December 2011
A study published Friday by Rutgers University documents the desperate situation facing millions of American workers who lost their jobs in the recession that began four years ago.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 5 December 2011
Some ten thousand workers took to the streets in New York City last Thursday to protest economic inequality and job cuts.
By Hector Cordon, 5 December 2011
Two recent Census Bureau reports highlight the growing distress facing working class and poor children in Oregon.
By Lawrence Porter, 2 December 2011
In the face of national notoriety for Michigan’s ruthless 48-month cash assistance welfare limit, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder initiated a series of mass appeals hearings this week.
By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2011
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing threatened a state takeover of the city if unions do not grant massive concessions.
By John Marion, 26 November 2011
A recent report measuring poverty in Boston concludes that the city is in one of “the most unequal counties in the nation.”
After collapse of “supercommittee”
By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2011
The official demise of the congressional deficit-reduction “supercommittee” has become the starting point for the next round of austerity demands from both the Democratic and Republican parties.
By David Brown, 21 November 2011
College students in all sections of California’s public universities face tuition hikes to cover reduced state funding.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2011
The Republicans and Democrats on the bipartisan congressional “supercommittee” on Sunday conceded the collapse of their efforts to agree on a deficit-reduction scheme, one day before the deadline for delivering a plan to the Congressional Budget Office.
By Shannon Jones, 18 November 2011
Detroit Democratic Mayor Dave Bing called Wednesday on workers to accept pay cuts and mass layoffs to help close the city’s $150 million budget deficit
By Naomi Spencer, 18 November 2011
On Monday, Congress blocked new rules proposed by the Department of Agriculture that would have improved nutritional content in school lunches.
By Andre Damon, 9 November 2011
New measurements from the US Census found that poverty is far more prevalent among older Americans than previously reported, and that government programs now on the chopping block have kept millions out of destitution.
By Scott Martin, 9 November 2011
Chicago regional rail provider Metra has announced an average 25 percent price hike for riders, beginning in February 2012.
By James Brewer, 7 November 2011
The Obama administration has disbursed $1.7 billion in federal home heating assistance funds—less than half of last year’s funding—while need this winter for aid is substantially up.
By Alexander Fangmann, 7 November 2011
In preparation for the beginning of their respective fiscal years, the city of Chicago and Cook County have unveiled budgets that impose layoffs, service cuts, and regressive fee increases.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 October 2011
Relentless budget cuts are felt in public education, the justice system, and in health care programs for the poor.
By Lawrence Porter, 20 October 2011
Under intense pressure from the population and community organizations, the Detroit Public Library Board commission has deadlocked on the planned closure of four library branches.
By Matthew Brennan and Zac Corrigan, 15 October 2011
More than 400 nurses participated in a protest march in Ann Arbor over proposed cuts to benefits and wages Wednesday.
By Naomi Spencer, 27 September 2011
Rhode Island homeless shelters are filled to capacity, coroners’ offices report rising numbers of unclaimed bodies, New York City threatens 100 schools with closure, and other reports of social distress in America.
By Patrick Zimmerman, 19 September 2011
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania city officials, whose mismanagement of state funds has exacerbated the city’s financial predicament, are doing everything in their power to ensure that the city’s creditors are paid in full at the cost of the pensions and living standards of the workers.
By Shannon Jones, 14 September 2011
Detroit residents picketed the main branch of the Detroit Library Tuesday to show opposition to threatened closure of six local libraries.
By Alexander Fangmann, 10 September 2011
Democratic Governor Pat Quinn announced September 8 that Illinois would close three mental health facilities, two centers for the developmentally disabled, and other crucial social services.
Part 2—states facing cuts embrace virtual education
By Nancy Hanover, 31 August 2011
There are a growing number of American young people for whom “going to school” is now logging in at the family computer.
By Naomi Spencer, 27 August 2011
Conditions are deteriorating for New Jersey’s homeless, the poor in Nevada, and Illinois’ prison population.
By a reporter, 27 August 2011
South Carolina’s unemployment rate jumped to a seasonally adjusted rate of 10.9 percent in July, up almost half a percentage point from June.
By James Brewer, 26 August 2011
In its first day back in session, the Michigan legislature passed anti-worker legislation on health care and welfare.
By Ryan Rahilly, 25 August 2011
The primary food bank serving eastern and central Kentucky reports a staggering level of hunger and emergency food requests.
By Mike Ingram and Kate Randall, 13 August 2011
Central Falls, Rhode Island, declared bankruptcy earlier this month. The impoverished city is devastated by a lack of basic services and a decaying social infrastructure.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 August 2011
Conditions of life are deteriorating for millions of working class families as key social programs are cut and job prospects dry up.
By Andre Damon, 10 August 2011
In this video, workers and retired people respond to the $2.4 trillion in spending cuts passed by Congress and the Obama administration earlier this month, in context of rising social inequality and widespread unemployment.
By Shannon Jones, 10 August 2011
Some 30,000 Michigan college students have been removed from the state’s food stamp program.