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NewsWatch: Cities and Counties -- States Pass Budget Pain to Cities



March 25, 2011 By

AAA's Free App Helps Motorists Compare Gas Prices

Motorists on the go this summer are just a click away from updated travel information. Anyone with an Apple iPhone can use AAA’s TripTik® Mobile application, the first free app of its kind, to find the cheapest fuel prices, maps, directions and AAA offices while away from home. The AAA TripTik Mobile app is a GPS-based, mobile version of AAA.com’s TripTik Travel Planner, and similarly shows fuel prices and spots AAA Approved hotels and restaurants, attractions, AAA offices and other points of interest near a user’s location. AAA

Refusing Generic Drugs Cost $7.7 Billion More

Approximately five percent of prescriptions submitted by CVS Caremark Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) members in a 30-day period during 2009 included a "dispense as written" (DAW) designation. This practice -- whereby doctors or patients demand the dispensing of a specific brand-name drug and not a generic alternative -- costs the health care system up to $7.7 billion annually, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark. Press Release

States Pass Budget Pain to Cities

The state budget squeeze is fast becoming a city budget squeeze, as struggling states around the nation plan deep cuts in aid to cities and local governments that will almost certainly result in more service cuts, layoffs and local tax increases. The cuts are widespread. Ohio plans to slash aid to Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and other cities and local governments by more than a half-billion dollars over the next two years under the budget proposed last week by its new Republican governor. New York Times

Texas House Passes Voter ID

House Republicans flexed their super-majority power Wednesday night to tentatively pass a restrictive voter ID bill that Democrats contend will suppress the votes of minorities instead of making elections more secure. Houston Chronicle


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