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California vs. Texas: The Jekyll and Hyde of health-care reform

So Texas is making noises about ditching Medicaid, but on the other end of the spectrum, some blue states are rushing to embrace the program's expansion under the federal health-care reform law as quickly as possible. Take California, for example:...

By Suzy Khimm  | November 11, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  California, Government, Health, Health Coverage, Health Reform, Obama administration, states  
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The same economic problems all the way through

As some of my recent posts suggest, I've been spending more time lately looking into state and local finances. And what's really amazing is how, well, familiar it all seems. The federal government is facing a short-term economic problem driven...

By Ezra Klein  | October 13, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  states  
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What to do about state pensions

Yesterday's post on state pension plans emphasized the problems with spinning the state fiscal crunch into a morality tale of greedy public employees and weak-kneed state legislators. That's useful for Republicans who want to score some points against unions, but...

By Ezra Klein  | October 13, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Budget, states  
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