The budget news is grim in some states. Twenty states face a combined
budget shortfall of at least $35 billion for 2009, according to analysis by the Center on Budget Policy & Priorities (see CBPP graph below). Another 8 states will likely have budget problems next year or the year after.
marked by an ugly showdown between Governor Blagojevich and the
legislature that delayed funding for schools and jeopardized federal
transportation money, with the Governor even
his fellow Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan over the scheduling of
Last November, we saw voters taking the first steps to repudiate the
right-wing ideology and institutions that have long dominated much of the
political landscape in our states. For too long, we have seen right-wing
politicians, backed by corporate money and by conservative think tanks,
blocking communities from improving wages, impeding expansion of health care,
and auctioning off public assets and public contracts to big monied interests.
With the replacement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with Samuel Alito, this
session marked a significant move to the right by the Supreme Court, as the
new "Roberts Court" came down repeatedly on the side of corporate interests
and closed the courtroom door to justice even further for average citizens.