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The paper covers the status of state budget shortfalls, actions being taken by several states, benefits of correctional recreation and other reference materials. It also suggests some guidelines for those making decisions and materials to stimulate discussions.
If you have any information concerning recreation cuts or information you would like to share, please contact us.
Corrections seeks additional $39.7 million funding Associated Press - Oklahoma City March 15, 2002Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections needs an additional $39.7 million to pay bills for the rest of the fiscal year. It will run short of money next month without additional appropriations per corrections officials. The funding request includes $22.6 million for prisoners housed in private prisons or other correctional facilities. State operated correctional facilities are running at 98 percent occupancy. If no funds are appropriated by the end of March, "the department will begin to receive bills for goods and services that cannot be paid."
Budgetary Concerns Within States May Not End Reforms Jody R. Weedon (ACA Legislative Liaison) On the Line (OTL) American Correctional Association Vol. 25. No. 2. March 2002.The article points out many state legislatures enacted correctional reforms in 2001. It cites some of the same sources we used in discussing the current state budget shortfalls and identifies seven states (Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska) that convened special legislative sessions to deal with budget problems. "The bloodletting is expected to intensify as governors and lawmakers begin drafting austerity budgets for the next fiscal year."
Mr. Weedon notes that while budget shortfalls present additional challenges, corrections professionals should not overlook the opportunities they present. Strong competition will exist for state and federal money, but "there is an opportunity to address a number of important issues and adopt better policy at both the state and federal levels. This is a challenge .... and an opportunity."
States Balk at Cuts in Federal Business Tax Wall Street Journal 18 March 2002 Pgs. A2 and A10Several states are balking at accepting corporate tax breaks in the new stimulus bill (as mentioned in our paper). They say they can't afford to lose more revenue. The breaks are estimated to cost states $14.7 billion over three years because 46 states have all or part of their corporate tax structure tied to the federal system.
Some states are undoing their automatic linkage to the federal tax code. Virginia and Wisconsin have already passed bills in that direction.
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