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State Net Capitol Journal: Property Tax Revenues on Decline

Cities, counties and school districts collected $436 billion in property taxes in 2011, about 20 percent more than in 2006. But last year's total was just 1.2 percent more than the year before - and actually .9 percent less after adjusting for inflation - according to data from the U.S. Bureau of...

State Net Capitol Journal: Landless Tribe Seeking Casino in OK

Construction was halted on the Kialegee tribe's Red Clay Casino in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma last month after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in response to a lawsuit claiming the tribe doesn't have a legal right to build the gambling facility. The dispute is just one of several...

State Net Capitol Journal: Construction Industry Showing Signs of Rebound

Twenty states added construction jobs between November 2011 and November 2012, according to analysis of federal government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Hawaii picked up the most construction jobs on a percentage basis, 8.4 percent (2,300 jobs), followed by Nebraska, 7.3 percent...