US States Budget Crisis
By Douglas Lyons, 9 September 2015
In the third month of a state budget impasse, Democrats are calling for new attacks on public employees.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 August 2015
The governor’s proposal would place the highest paid newly hired teachers and state workers into a 401(k)-style pension agreement.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2015
The state's homeless shelters, food banks, and early childhood programs are starting to run out of money.
By Kathleen Martin, 23 July 2015
The state legislature is moving to enact regressive taxes to pay for the road construction efforts, in defiance of a popular vote in a referendum only two months ago.
By Douglas Lyons, 16 July 2015
Most social programs and the state’s 500 school districts have been operating on reduced funding for over 7 years and have used up any reserve they may have had.
By Douglas Lyons, 7 July 2015
Lawmakers are working to end, or significantly reduce, defined-benefit pension plans for all city and municipal workers.
By Kathleen Martin and Khara Sikhan, 29 June 2015
The law is one of a raft of vindictive measures throughout the country, which blames the poor for social ills caused by poverty in order to strip them of government assistance.
By Douglas Lyons, 1 June 2015
Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed a comprehensive pension reform bill that will permanently end pensions for future workers and diminish the returns of current workers.
By Robert Fowler, 27 May 2015
New York City’s three public library systems will see a continuation of budget cuts and the denial of necessary capital spending under Democratic Party mayor Bill de Blasio.
By Philip Guelpa, 25 April 2015
The proposed service cuts and fare increases are a step towards eliminating unprofitable routes, with the ultimate aim of privatizing those that remain.
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 18 April 2015
The suburban Detroit city of Hazel Park is laying off nearly a quarter of its school district staff and slashing the pay of the remaining teachers and support personnel.
By George Gallanis and Marcus Day, 28 March 2015
Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents are facing both steep reductions in monthly food aid and stricter eligibility requirements.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 March 2015
The plan from Governor Cuomo and the state legislature continues the drive to dismantle public education through the expansion of charter schools and attacks on teachers.
By Samuel Davidson, 13 March 2015
Tax increases for the working class, including sales and income taxes, underwrite much of what is new in Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s budget.
By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2015
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will argue before the state Supreme Court that Illinois is entitled to use its “police powers” to overturn the state constitution.
By Trent Novak, 31 January 2015
In his first move since taking office last week, Maryland’s newly inaugurated governor, Republican Larry Hogan, unveiled an austerity budget aimed at eliminating a $750 million shortfall.
By Christine Schofelt, 3 October 2014
A proposed two-tier fare scheme in Seattle is an effort to distract from rising rates and cuts in public transit service.
By Richard Vargas, 3 October 2014
A 10 percent cut at the public health department will lead to clinic closures and discontinued services such as testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
By Samuel Davidson, 30 June 2014
Governor Tom Corbett is demanding pensions be cut and liquor stores privatized as part of any budget deal.
By Samuel Davidson, 9 June 2014
The state is facing a $1.3 to $1.5 billion deficit for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
By Samuel Davidson, 19 May 2014
In April, the state collected $495 million less in tax revenue than projected.
By Anthony Bertolt, 1 May 2014
Billions of dollars in sequester cuts to the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation will result in untold delays in life-saving medical and biological research.
By John Marion, 31 March 2014
Teaching, paraprofessional and administrative jobs will be cut, while 7th and 8th graders are forced to ride public transportation to school.
By Rory Dean and Sandy English, 20 March 2014
The layoffs are part of the drive to privatize public education in the state’s largest city.
By Douglas Lyons, 14 March 2014
The governor and state legislators are seeking to cut pensions for hundreds of thousands of state employees and teachers covered by the two state pension systems.
By Kate Randall, 14 March 2014
Several hundred people turned out Wednesday for a public hearing to address the impact of cuts to the Boston Public Schools budget for fiscal year 2015.
By Isabelle Belanger, 6 March 2014
The proposed cuts to libraries in New York State will leave funding well below where it was in 1998.
By Dan Conway, 27 January 2014
Governor Brown signaled that nothing would be done to help the state’s workers.
By Andre Damon, 30 December 2013
The cutoff of jobless benefits for 1.3 million unemployed workers is the culmination of a year in which social programs have been slashed by tens of billions of dollars.
Inquiry gains momentum among workers
By Tim Rivers, 23 December 2013
At a Chrysler plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market, workers denounced the looting of city pensions and the art museum, the mortgage swindle and the disappearance of well-paying jobs.
By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2013
The agreement between President Obama and Congress entails the cutoff of extended unemployment benefits and attacks the pensions of federal workers.
By Andre Damon, 13 December 2013
This week’s bipartisan budget agreement represents yet another attack on working people in the US.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2013
With the opening of another 4,100 school bus routes for rebids and the closure of the largest school bus company, thousands more face layoffs, or wage and benefit cuts.
By Dan Conway, 11 December 2013
New economic and sociological data reveal deteriorating social conditions for California’s working class.
By Thomas Gaist, 11 December 2013
The 2012 “Report of the State Budget Crisis Task Force” makes the case for massive cuts to social benefits and social infrastructure.
By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2013
The talks have turned to discussions of a tradeoff in which cuts in entitlement programs such federal pensions would be substituted for cuts in discretionary spending.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 7 December 2013
The White House said Friday it would agree to a budget deal with the Republicans that excludes an extension of federal benefits for the long-term unemployed.
By our reporters, 13 November 2013
Two million people, or 16 percent of the Illinois population, are affected by the SNAP benefits cut.
By Debra Watson and Mitch Marcus, 9 November 2013
Nearly one in five in Michigan, the 1.8 million people currently on food assistance, will see a substantial cut in their food stamp benefit this month.
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 November 2013
Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget address to the city council outlined a series of job and benefit cuts.
As food stamp cuts set to begin
By Andre Damon, 1 November 2013
The bipartisan conference committee created as part of the deal to end October’s government shutdown met for the first time Wednesday.
By Leon Gutierrez, 31 October 2013
Cutbacks in the local school district are part of a broader attack being carried out by both Republicans and Democrats.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2013
A Philadelphia student died September 25 from an asthma attack suffered at William C. Bryant Elementary School, which had no nurse on duty that day.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 17 October 2013
The budget agreement passed by Congress Wednesday establishes the framework for a bipartisan deal to deepen cuts in social spending and initiate an historic attack on Social Security and Medicare.
By Alexander Fangmann, 17 October 2013
Health insurance subsidies for 30,000 workers, as well as their spouses and dependents, will be phased out over three years.
By Jerry White, 16 October 2013
Nearly 20,000 retired municipal workers in Detroit will see their city-paid health benefits disappear as of January 1, 2014.
By Andre Damon, 9 October 2013
US President Barack Obama reassured congressional Republicans that he would agree to entitlement cuts if they vote to increase the government’s debt limit.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2013
Postmortem comments on the death of the New York City Opera ignore the fundamental issues raised by the collapse of the “people’s opera.”
By Andre Damon, 4 October 2013
There were more indications Thursday that the aim of both the Democrats and Republicans in negotiations to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling will focus on major cuts to entitlement programs.
By David Brown, 30 September 2013
California’s third largest city is preparing to slash pensions for new-hires, current employees and retirees.
By Andre Damon, 28 September 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Thursday to freeze the city’s pension plans, wiping out benefits for thousands of workers.
By Andre Damon, 27 September 2013
Behind the largely stage-managed facade of “partisan gridlock,” the Democratic and Republican Parties are united in attacking the social conditions and living standards of working people.
By Adam Soroka, 26 September 2013
Washington DC Council failed to override Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray’s veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act.
By Gabriel Black, 23 September 2013
Governor Jerry Brown has orchestrated an emergency agreement with the federal government that will restore $1.6 billion in public transit grants that had been revoked due to a dispute over Brown’s 2012 pension reform.
By Dan Conway, 31 August 2013
Bankruptcy protection in San Bernardino, California will allow the city to drastically cut payments to the state pension fund.
By Dan Brennan, 28 August 2013
Angered by layoffs and health care cuts in New York neighborhoods, workers and patients denounce the spate of hospital closures.
By Isabelle Belanger, 24 August 2013
Steep budget cuts accompanied by the damaging impact of standardized testing are undermining funding for school libraries and professionally certified school librarians.
By Samuel Davidson, 17 August 2013
Some 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania will have their food stamps cut in November. Another 110,000 families have been denied benefits since an asset test was started in 2012.
By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2013
In the wake of the Detroit bankruptcy filing, the UAW is calling for sacrifices to be imposed on workers in line with the 2009 forced bankruptcy and restructuring of the auto industry.
By John Marion, 12 August 2013
While investing a large percentage of state pension money in hedge funds, Rhode Island is increasing the retirement age for state workers and cutting benefits.
By Jerry White, 30 July 2013
The president has rejected any assistance to Detroit in the midst of his bogus campaign to defend the “middle class.”
By Gabriel Black, 29 July 2013
California state employee pension systems posted large gains in their portfolios, however, they remain massively underfunded.
By Tim Rivers and Jerry White, 29 July 2013
Rank-and-file firefighters are seeking to mobilize opposition to the emergency manager’s attack on pensions and essential services.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2013
The union apparatus will not lift a finger to defend Detroit workers.
By Usman Clemens, 27 July 2013
Opposition is mounting among Detroit workers to the drive by the city’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Michigan governor Rick Snyder to use the city’s bankruptcy to slash social services and rip up workers’ pensions.
By Shannon Jones, 26 July 2013
The Buena Vista and Inkster are being dissolved and their students transferred to other districts, in the latest attack on public education in the state.
By Jerry White, 26 July 2013
The bankruptcy filing by Detroit’s unelected emergency manager last week is the outcome of an anti-democratic conspiracy conducted by top political officials from both the Republican and Democratic Parties.
By our reporters, 25 July 2013
Detroit firefighters with the Public Safety Workers Action Group (PSWAG) talked to the WSWS outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit about the need to mount a wider struggle against the bankruptcy filing
By Bryan Dyne, 24 July 2013
As far back as January there were backroom discussions on bankruptcy between Detroit and Lansing public officials and the corporate law firm Jones Day.
Statement by D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for Detroit mayor
24 July 2013
The SEP is calling on workers and youth to distribute this statement as widely as possible and build the August 4 campaign meeting at Wayne State University.
By Barry Grey, 23 July 2013
In city after city, preparations are underway to impose massive cuts using the mechanism of unelected officials and the legal framework of the bankruptcy courts.
By our reporters, 23 July 2013
Detroit firefighters are picketing fire stations this week to protest the move to throw the city into bankruptcy and attack the jobs and pensions of municipal employees.
By Jerry White, 22 July 2013
The Obama administration sees the attack on Detroit workers as paving the way to slash benefits owed to state and municipal workers throughout the country
By Zac Corrigan, 22 July 2013
There is broad popular opposition throughout Detroit to the bankruptcy and the attacks being planned on the working class.
By Barry Grey, 20 July 2013
Detroit has been bled dry as a result of a deliberate policy pursued by the auto companies, the banks and the ruling class as a whole over a period of nearly four decades.
By Shannon Jones, 20 July 2013
Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager overseeing the financial restructuring of Detroit, defended their decision to force the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy at a press conference Friday.
D’Artagnan Collier end-of-election meeting in Detroit
20 July 2013
D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, will speak at 2 p.m. on August 4 at Wayne State University.
By Jerry White, 19 July 2013
The emergency manager overseeing the financial restructuring of Detroit filed a petition in federal court Thursday afternoon throwing the city of 700,000 residents into Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
By Jerry White, 18 July 2013
Financial dictator Kevyn Orr is implementing an historic attack on the working class that will have devastating consequences for hundreds of thousands of people.
By Alexander Fangmann, 16 July 2013
The state of Illinois is poised to pass sweeping attacks on public employee pensions as Democratic Governor Pat Quinn pushes the Democratic Party-controlled House and Senate to reconcile competing plans.
By Catherine Long, 11 July 2013
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed into law a biennial budget last month that includes deep cuts to social services and public education, and plans for the selloff of prisons, public lands, infrastructure and university buildings.
By Zac Corrigan, 8 July 2013
Tenants facing eviction have written an open letter to workers in Detroit to support their struggle.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 July 2013
In the wake of the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters Sunday in Arizona, the wildfire, nicknamed Yarnell Hill, remains uncontrolled.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2013
Using a few dozen high-paying pensions as a pretext, Detroit’s emergency manager is preparing to gut retirements of city workers.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 July 2013
All but one member of the crew, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, died battling a blaze about 80 miles north of Phoenix.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 July 2013
On Sunday, Collier participated in a forum held at the Second Baptist Church in downtown Detroit that gave residents an opportunity to question candidates running in the upcoming Detroit primary election
By Zac Corrigan and Justin Knowels, 1 July 2013
Detroit residents facing eviction are organizing to fight back.
By Bryan Dyne, 29 June 2013
Orr’s decision to cancel the contracts of 9-1-1 operators, firefighters and police officers is part of the thrust to privatize all city services.
By Christine Schofelt, 27 June 2013
The state legislature is preparing for an impending July 1 partial government shutdown after failing to agree to a budget in a second special legislative session.
By Dan Conway, 26 June 2013
Despite the state’s fiscal surplus, the state budget promises continued austerity.
By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2013
The fact that Detroit’s emergency manager absented himself from the meeting demonstrated his contempt for the unions, which have prostrated themselves before the assault by the banks and bondholders against city workers.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 June 2013
With a severe wildfire season predicted in the US, dwindling resources will force ill-equipped firefighters to face deadlier fires at greater risks.
By Julien Kiemle, 21 June 2013
A new report suggests that California has massively underestimated its unfunded liabilities to pensioners.
By Trent Novak, 21 June 2013
A recent audit of the city’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has revealed that many of the agency’s vehicles are inoperable or unfit for service.
By our team of reporters, 18 June 2013
SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke with protestors at Northwestern High School to discuss the nature of so-called “self-governing” schools
By Andre Damon, 17 June 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Friday to wipe out the pensions and health benefits of current and retired city workers, condemning nearly 20,000 retirees and their families to poverty and poor health.
A dress rehearsal for Detroit
By Esther Galen, 17 June 2013
Of 21 Michigan cities under emergency managers, none has yet faced as drastic cuts in public services as Pontiac.
By our reporters, 17 June 2013
Workers in Pontiac spoke about their experiences under emergency management.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 June 2013
Kevyn Orr met with Detroit’s creditors in a closed-door meeting to outline how he intends to restructure the city on behalf of the wealthy.