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Issue Brief: Federal Shutdown - Understanding the Impact & Challenges for States

October 10, 2013

As the federal government shutdown continues, state officials are wrestling with difficult questions and challenges as they try to mitigate the shutdown’s impact on their states. Based on information from state budget officers, NASBO has prepared an issue brief describing some of the major challenges states are facing at this moment. This brief also provides examples of major federally-funded programs at risk of closing down or reducing benefits if the shutdown continues.

The Federal Shutdown's Impact on States

October 4, 2013

At this time, it remains unclear how the conflict in Washington over funding the federal government will be resolved and how long the shutdown will last. While Congress stands at an impasse on budget negotiations, states are busy digesting federal agency shutdown guidance while developing and executing their own contingency plans for programs that are fully or partially funded by federal dollars.

Federal Shutdown Begins; Path to Resolution Unclear

US Capital
October 1, 2013

Last night, Congress failed to come to an agreement on a continuing resolution (CR) to continue funding the federal government into fiscal 2014. As a result, at midnight on October 1, the government shut down for the first time since the shutdowns of 1995-1996. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent official guidance to federal agencies shortly before midnight last night directing them to execute their shutdown plans.

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No Agreement in Sight to Keep Federal Government Running When FY 2014 Begins

September 30, 2013

Last week, NASBO published information and links to resources on what a possible federal government shutdown could mean for states and for the country. Since that time, the likelihood of a shutdown has increased significantly. With no agreement in sight between the two chambers on a continuing resolution (CR), a government shutdown, at least one lasting a few days, will be difficult to avoid at this point.

Federal Shutdown Looms as October 1st Nears

September 24, 2013

With less than a week until the end of the federal fiscal year, it remains uncertain how Congress will act to keep the government funded when fiscal 2014 begins on October 1. Amidst conflict between Republicans and Democrats over spending levels, and demands from some members of Congress that a continuing resolution (CR) also defund the Affordable Care Act, a failure to compromise in Washington could lead to a government shutdown for the first time since the mid-1990s. Speculation continues on whether a government shutdown will take place, and views on the question largely vary.

Prison Population and Spending Increases Have Some States Seeking Cost-Cutting Reforms

September 13, 2013

Did you know that state governments are responsible for overseeing the vast majority of the nation’s prison population?  Prisoners under state jurisdiction accounted for 86.1 percent of the total U.S. prison population in calendar year 2012. State spending for corrections reached $52.4 billion in fiscal 2012 and has risen above 7.0 percent of general fund expenditures every year since fiscal 2008.