State Net Capitol Journal – February 4, 2012

    Budget & Taxes TAX TALK ABOUNDS IN STATES: Last month, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) proposed doing something no state has done for over three decades: eliminating income taxes. (The last to do so was Alaska, which abolished its personal income...

    State Net Capitol Journal – January 21, 2012

    Budget & Taxes VA GOV PITCHES RADICAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PLAN: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) proposed a radical plan this month to address his state's transportation funding shortage: replacing the state's gas tax, a shrinking...

    State Net Capitol Journal – January 14, 2012

    Budget & Taxes HEALTH REFORM LAW DOESN'T HALT MAJOR RATE HIKES: One of the main objectives of the Affordable Care Act was to stem the rising cost of health insurance for American consumers. But that hasn't stopped health insurance companies...

    State Net Capitol Journal – December 17, 2012

    Budget & Taxes BUSINESS INCENTIVES BIG NEWS: Corporate tax incentives have featured prominently in the headlines following The New York Times' series last month criticizing the deals. Much of the news has been critical of the Times'...

    State Net Capitol Journal – December 10, 2012

    Budget & Taxes GOVERNMENTS PAYING PRICE FOR CORPORATE INCENTIVES: States, counties and cities are handing out more than $80 billion in incentives to companies each year, according to an investigation by The New York Times. But a full accounting...

    State Net Capitol Journal – December 3, 2012

    Budget & Taxes 'CYBER MONDAY' SPURS PUSH FOR ONLINE SALES TAX: By most accounts, "Cyber Monday," was a good day for online retailers. Adobe Systems Inc. said Cyber Monday sales, based on data from retailers like Best Buy Co...

    State Net Capitol Journal – November 19, 2012

    Budget & Taxes OBAMA FIRES OPENING BUDGET SALVO: At a meeting with union leaders and other liberal activists last week, President Barack Obama announced that he intended to begin budget negotiations with congressional leaders by calling for...

    State Net Capitol Journal – November 5, 2012

    Budget & Taxes SANDY'S ECONOMIC TOLL COULD TOP $20B: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), whose state was among those hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, said last week that the damage from the storm was going to be "almost incalculable...

    State Net Capitol Journal – October 22, 2012

    Budget & Taxes TAX DODGERS DOGGING CA: California's budget is so in the red that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has placed a multi-billion tax measure on the state's November ballot to try to avoid having to make deep cuts to education and public...

    State Net Capitol Journal – October 15, 2012

    Budget & Taxes HARRISBURG HEARINGS REVEAL FISCAL PROBLEMS BUT NOT CONSENSUS: Six hours of testimony this month failed to produce any consensus on what caused the financial crisis that has gripped Pennsylvania's capital city. But the first...

    State Net Capitol Journal – October 1, 2012

    Budget & Taxes NATION NEARING SEQUESTRATION CLIFF: The automatic federal budget cuts that were part of the 11th-hour debt-ceiling deal Congress reached in August of last year - cuts no one really wants - are set to take effect in a few months...

    State Net Capitol Journal – September 17, 2012

    Budget & Taxes TOLL ROAD REBELLION IN MD: Many Maryland motorists appear to have little respect for the state's toll roads. Thousands are repeatedly blowing through the state's E-ZPass lanes without an E-ZPass transponder. One...

    State Net Capitol Journal – September 10, 2012

    Budget & Taxes CA STRUGGLES TO BALANCE ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC CONCERNS: The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), passed in 1970, has been credited with helping to preserve the state's lush wetlands and keep condos off the slopes...

    State Net Capitol Journal – September 3, 2012

    Budget & Taxes LA LOOKING TO COLLECT ON OUTSTANDING DEBTS: The government of Louisiana is owed more than $1.5 billion by businesses, municipalities and others. And last month, a trio of financial experts offered the state advice on how it should...

    State Net Capitol Journal – August 20, 2012

    Budget & Taxes MA LEADS WAY AGAIN ON HEALTH REFORM: Massachusetts' 2006 health care reform law - upon which the federal Affordable Care Act was patterned - has arguably achieved its primary aim of reducing the number of residents without...

    State Net Capitol Journal – August 13, 2012

    Budget & Taxes STATE BUDGETS STILL IMPROVING BUT NOT YET SECURE: Year-end balances are on the rise. Revenues are returning to pre-recession levels. Spending is in line with budget projections. That's what state legislative fiscal directors...

    State Net Capitol Journal – August 6, 2012

    Budget & Taxes CA STATE PARK DONORS CRY FOUL: Last month California officials revealed that the state Department of Parks and Recreation had stashed away $54 million it had not reported to the state Department of Finance. The news came as quite...

    State Net Capitol Journal – July 23, 2012

    Budget & Taxes CA'S 'CHARTER CITIES' BANKRUPTCY PRONE? The last three major California cities to file for bankruptcy or announce plans to do so - including Stockton last month and San Bernardino two weeks ago - have something in...

    State Net Capitol Journal – July 16, 2012

    Budget & Taxes POLITICAL DIVIDE ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY: States finally emerging from the long economic downturn are now faced with the dilemma of deciding the best way to facilitate their recovery. Two states in particular are taking approaches...

    State Net Capitol Journal – July 9, 2012

    Budget & Taxes AMERICA'S ON-SHORE CORPORATE TAX HAVEN: The unassuming office building located at 1209 North Orange Street in Wilmington, Delaware may not look like it, with its faded awning and parking garage view, but it's home to some...

    State Net Capitol Journal – June 18, 2012

    Budget & Taxes STATES' MEDICAID COSTS RISING FASTER THAN SPENDING: The National Association of Budget Officers (NASBO) and National Governors Association's (NGA) most recent survey of state fiscal health is not particularly encouraging...

    State Net Capitol Journal – June 11, 2012

    Budget & Taxes NC AGENCY LIFELINE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: North Carolina has the fourth highest state unemployment rate in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' April rankings. But unlike other states with job markets that...

    State Net Capitol Journal – June 4, 2012

    Budget & Taxes 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...

    State Net Capitol Journal - May 21, 2012

    Budget & taxes CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS CALL OUT STRUGGLING US STATES: As economic turmoil returned this month to Greece and Spain, key Republicans in Congress issued a tough message for struggling U.S. states. "Recent experience on Wall...

    State Net Capitol Journal – May 14, 2012

    Budget & Taxes STATES' FISCAL HEALTH CONTINUING TO IMPROVE: State fiscal conditions are continuing their slow and mostly steady improvement, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures' Spring 2012 budget update. For the...