The U.S. Congress has yet to pass additional stimulus funding that may benefit state and city budgets. Texas currently is in a budget deficit and is required by the state constitution to have a balanced budget. Who is financially responsible for global pandemics cities, states, or the federal government? How should the state budget be balanced? Which state agency budget should be reduced or reallocated? What is the basis for your judgment? How will the budget reduction impact marginalized communities? What stipulations should states abide by to receive federal aid? Does federalism enhance or undermine the ability of states to maintain a balanced budget?
Lobosco, K., Libby, T., Hickey, C., & Boschma, J. (2020). Here are the differences between the Democratic and Republican stimulus bills. Retrieved on July 28, 2020 from https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/28/politics/stimulus-bill-republican-democrats/index.html
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Ramsey, R. (2020). Analysis: Texas in a state of financial uncertainty. Retrieved on July 7, 2020 from https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/24/texas-comptroller-economy-budget/
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I will add information and questions to this discussion to keep the conversation going. You may select 3-4 questions or topics to include in your writing prompt. You may also pose questions to others.
Tips for Completing Discussion Prompts
-Please see the discussion grading rubric below and my clarification notes.
-For the first discussion, you will not need to cite a source because you are only introducing yourself to the class. However, be sure to use 6-8 complete sentences and proper grammar.
-A student must have 1 clear response to each discussion prompt. Submitting several responses to a post will not suffice for a grade. Students will be graded on the quality of a discussion post, not on how many students they reply to. Please see the syllabus for questions regarding bonus points.
-When you reference an article you should cite the article as a source. For each discussion, I will always provide a cited article and questions to prompt your dialogue. When you complete a discussion you should copy and paste the cited article that I provide into your answer. All work must be cited using MLA or APA format.
-To receive a 15/15 on a discussion grade, you will need to demonstrate that you have researched relevant articles outside of the course to support your opinion. Your post must demonstrate that your opinion is backed by facts.
Discussion Grading Rubric
15 Points: Student responded to the discussion prompt in 6-8 complete sentences and articulated a clear viewpoint on the topic. Student incorporated relevant research, correctly cited at least 2 sources in MLA or APA format, and used proper grammar.
10 Points: Student responded to the discussion prompt in 6-8 complete sentences and answered the prompt in a thoughtful manner. Student correctly cited work in MLA or APA format and used proper grammar.
7 Points: Student responded to the discussion prompt in 6-8 complete sentences and articulated a clear viewpoint on the topic. Student used proper grammar.
3 Points: Student responded to the discussion prompt in 4-5 sentences and answered the prompt in a generic manner. Student used proper grammar.
0 Points: Student did not submit a discussion post. Student plagiarized portions of the submission. Student did not cite work and/or use proper grammar.
Purdue Writing Lab is a great website to use when citing sources. Every cited source should have the following: authors name, title of article, name of source, date, and link to article. There are exceptions when citing sources and as long as the link is attached, I can verify if the source was cited correctly.