‘Everything’s in Danger’: Illinois Approaches 3rd Year Without Budget

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY June 29, 2017 CHICAGO — Road construction and bridge repairs may come to a halt. At least one agency has threatened to downgrade Illinois’s credit rating to junk, a crippling borrowing position no state...

Kansas Lawmakers Override Brownback Veto, Undoing Tax Cuts

By MONICA DAVEY June 7, 2017 For six years, Gov. Sam Brownback carried out a signature philosophy of cutting taxes and shrinking government across Kansas, a state dominated by his fellow Republicans. But on Tuesday night, the state’s Republican-held...

How Student Loan Forgiveness Changed Graduates’ Paths

By CAITLIN DICKERSON June 7, 2017 For Dr. Charles Phillips, the government’s public service loan forgiveness program meant he could spend his days researching childhood cancer, rather than starting a lucrative pediatrics practice. Neeraj Kumar plans to...

Trump’s Budget, Breaking Tradition, Seeks Cuts to Service Programs

By ERICA L. GREEN May 25, 2017 WASHINGTON — In his inaugural address, John F. Kennedy exhorted the youth of America to ask what they could do for their country. In his inaugural budget, President Trump wants the government largely out of the...