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 car rental company owes the state over $200,000 in...

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. And officials at every level of government are...

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. And officials at every level of government are anxious...

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 of two days of state Senate hearings into the decisions...

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 of two days of state Senate hearings into the decisions...

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 safety funding. But one reason the state is in...

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 safety funding. But one reason the state is in such...

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." But economic analysts did their best to figure...

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." But economic analysts did their best to figure...

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 $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenue over the next...

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 $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenue over the next...

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. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., jumped 17 percent to almost...

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. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., jumped 17 percent to almost...

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 of the awards isn't possible, the Times said...

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 of the awards isn't possible, the Times said...

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' piece. In a guest column on MLive.com entitled "NY...

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' piece. In a guest column on MLive.com entitled "NY...

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 from seeking and obtaining big premium increases...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 14, 2013

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 from seeking and obtaining big premium increases...

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 revenue stream, with an increase in the sales tax...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 21, 2013

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 revenue stream, with an increase in the sales tax...

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 tax in 1980.) Several other Republican governors...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 4, 2013

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 tax in 1980.) Several other Republican governors...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 11, 2013

Budget & Taxes VA TRANSPORTATION PLAN GETS MIXED RECEPTION: As the deadline for Virginia's House and Senate to pass bills to the opposite chamber came and went last week, Senate Democrats refused to go along with Gov. Robert McDonnell's (R) radical plan to overhaul the state's transportation...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 18, 2013

Budget & Taxes STILL NO SEQUESTER DEAL IN SIGHT: In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama said both Democrats and Republicans agree that the $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester "are a really bad idea." But Democrats and Republicans...