Category: budget

Sep 08

MassHealth, Immigration, Sentencing Top Beacon Hill Agenda

Gloucester Times By Christian M. Wade BOSTON — Reducing MassHealth costs, easing drug sentences and responding to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies top the agenda for the Democratic-controlled Legislature as it gets back to work. Lawmakers returned to Beacon Hill this week, following an August recess, with a full agenda ahead of them and facing …

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Sep 06

Crime Oversight Panel Has First Meeting

Great Falls Tribune By Phil Drake HELENA – A 15-member panel created by 2017 Legislature to ride herd over a slew of new bills targeted at changing Montana’s criminal justice system had its inaugural meeting Wednesday, with members hearing of the hurdles they face. One of them was the state budget. Reginald Michael, director of …

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May 23

President’s Budget Recommends Continued Funding for Key DOJ Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Recently President Trump unveiled his $4.1 trillion 2018 budget proposal, which allocates $27.7 billion for Department of Justice programs, including programs aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the state and local level. The proposed budget provides $48 million in continued support for the Second Chance Act (SCA). …

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May 08

Levin: Texas Should Close Prisons, but Strengthen Alternatives

Houston Chronicle By Marc Levin Texas has gained national acclaim for closing prisons while achieving declines in crime that exceed the national drop. Since 2005, crime has fallen 33.4 percent in Texas while the incarceration rate has declined 16.6 percent. How did it happen? In 2005, the state launched a grant program whereby probation departments …

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May 07

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum: Expect ‘Bold Steps to Challenge the Status Quo’

Grand Forks Herald By Doug Burgum BISMARCK—As North Dakotans, we have always been an aspirational people. We see beauty and opportunity where many don’t. We dream big and work hard. Yet when our administration assumed office on Dec. 15, we were facing fiscal challenges and civil unrest of historic proportions. Sluggish oil and farm commodity …

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May 05

Legislative Session Opens Pathways to Change

The Bismarck Tribune By Nick Smith Addressing historic protests, putting together a team and learning how to navigate a legislative session: Gov. Doug Burgum, who inherited a budget marked by the largest cuts in modern state history, more than had his plate full when he took office. “We’re feeling really good about where we are,” …

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Mar 18

Corrections Budget Offers $7 Million for Mental Health, Addiction Treatment

The Bismark Tribune By Caroline Grueskin Probationers and parolees may be the first to see improvements in mental health and substance abuse treatment after this legislative session. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is requesting to cut its own costs by prioritizing who goes to prison, in order to provide services to people who …

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Mar 17

Andrew Speno: State Has Two Choices on Crime — Change or Bankruptcy

Tulsa World By Andrew Speno Oklahoma stands on the brink of a monumental success with the potential to define our state for decades to come. A task force of lawmakers and stakeholders put out recommendations to decrease our bloated prison population, save billions in taxes, and increase public safety. But one step in the wrong …

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