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Part 2 - Governors’ Line-Item Vetoes: More About What They Are and 2016 Themes

June 8, 2016

So far in 2016, line-item vetoes issued by 15 governors’ range from major public policy questions embedded in appropriation bills to large fiscal impacts to vetoes that touch on a state’s budget process. One example of a public policy related veto was Arkansas Governor Hutchinson’s line-item veto of the sunset clause for the Arkansas Works program (that state’s version of Medicaid expansion). In Florida, Governor Rick Scott issued $256 million worth of line-item vetoes to address large fiscal impacts.

Federal Funds Vital for States’ Transportation and Capital Projects

July 29, 2014

As discussed in NASBO’s Monday Washington Report, the U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on a short-term fix for the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The full Senate is expected to vote on House-passed legislation that would transfer $10.8 billion into the HTF from the U.S. Treasury’s general fund, which is expected to provide sufficient funding for programs through May 31, 2015; the Senate is also expected to consider several amendments during debate.