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Golden State hanging on by its fingernails

California’s budget may be about to stagger over the finish line, nearly 100 days late - but it won't be pretty.

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Economists predict stormy weather ahead

In a live webcast conference yesterday, top left-to-moderate economists painted a grim picture, especially with the current Republican-induced paralysis in Congress.

GOP “pledge” condemned as flim-flam

It's being called a "public relations" ploy, a kind of "Herbert Hoover economics," whose "numbers don't add up.."

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“Ageing and raging” seniors demand Calif. budget

There were signs: "So they take from the sick and the poor!" "Seniors count - seniors care!" "Ageing and raging!" and there were songs: "Let's put the home care in and take the tax cuts out!"

30,000 mentally ill may be cut off in Texas

The national average for mental health care spending is $103 per capita, but in Texas, it is $34, yet the state Legislature is planning drastic cuts.

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Budget impasse hurts millions of Californians

Programs affecting millions of Californians face a double-whammy: delays in funding, and uncertainty about what funding they will ultimately receive.

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One hot August...city cuts protested

DALLAS - Local politics and thermometers are breaking over the top in this part of the Sun Belt.

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“Most successful social insurance” celebrates 75th birthday with a warning

“We are here today to celebrate it, and to demand that our elected officials keep their hands off of it,” said Nan Brasmer of the California Alliance of Retired Americans.

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Bush tax cuts for the rich puts GOP in hot seat

As the November elections get closer Republicans have another reason to worry.

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Progressives launch budget fight a year early

NEW YORK - Though this year's city budget, one of the most austerity-driven in recent memory, has just been completed, a group of City Council members is already preparing for next year's fight.

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