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

July 8, 2016

So far in 2016, line-item vetoes issued by 19 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 Alaska, Governor Bill Walker used his line-item veto power to reduce $1.3 billion in appropriations, including capping state residents' dividend from the Permanent Fund at $1,000 per person.

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.