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State Net Capitol Journal – October 22, 2012
Posted on 23 Oct 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – November 19, 2012
Posted on 20 Nov 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – October 15, 2012
Posted on 16 Oct 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – December 3, 2012
Posted on 3 Dec 2012 by State Net

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.... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – December 17, 2012
Posted on 18 Dec 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – January 21, 2013
Posted on 23 Jan 2013 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – October 1, 2012
Posted on 1 Oct 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – February 11, 2013
Posted on 12 Feb 2013 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – February 18, 2013
Posted on 19 Feb 2013 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – November 5, 2012
Posted on 7 Nov 2012 by State Net

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."... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – July 16, 2012
Posted on 16 Jul 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – February 4, 2013
Posted on 4 Feb 2013 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – December 10, 2012
Posted on 13 Dec 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – September 10, 2012
Posted on 11 Sep 2012 by State Net

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 of... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – January 14, 2013
Posted on 14 Jan 2013 by State Net

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... Read More

  • Blog Post: 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 of the most successful corporations in America, including...
  • Blog Post: 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 that couldn't be more different. Maryland...
  • Blog Post: 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 of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. But the...
  • Blog Post: 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 unpaid...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...