State News Roundup
Here’s a look at some of this week’s most interesting, and consequential, budget- and economy-related issues in the 50 states:
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on a new poll by The Pew Center on the States that showed a “deep distrust” of state governments. Respondents in the five most fiscally distressed states said they believe their state government is “too big, too wasteful and too quick to pass their costs along to future generations.”
In an editorial, the Cincinnati Enquirer confirms that jobs will be at the forefront of Ohio voters’ minds as they head to the polls this fall. The paper writes, “Without a doubt, the economy and Ohio’s unemployment rate are the topics on Ohioans minds, from Cleveland to Cincinnati, from Toledo to Youngstown.”
Late last week the Pittsburgh Post Gazette called out Congress for leaving Washington to return to campaigning. The Gazette laments that lawmakers neglected some of their most basic duties in order to look after their own jobs. “The bell may toll for some lawmakers if their job approval rating among the public — running as low as 13 percent — is reflected in the Nov. 2 elections.”
According to an economist, Brian Kroll, at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the persistently high unemployment rate is a “worrisome trend,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch. Despite many discouraging signs, Kroll says we’re not likely to dip back into a recession over the next six months. He notes that due to increasing automation in many industries, less people are necessary, contributing to the high unemployment rate.