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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 – May 6, 2013
Posted on 6 May 2013 by State Net

Budget & Taxes AK GAMBLES ON OIL TAX CUT: A domestic energy production boom has put the United States on track to become the world's biggest oil producer by the end of the decade. But Alaska, once the nation's oil king, is getting left... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – March 18, 2013
Posted on 18 Mar 2013 by State Net

Budget & Taxes SOME LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR 'SIN TAX' ON GUNS: To some lawmakers in Congress and at least a half dozen states - particularly since the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting - guns are a sin against society, like... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – April 1, 2013
Posted on 1 Apr 2013 by State Net

Budget & Taxes REBOUND SPURRING RAINY DAY DEBATE: During the recession, states raided their rainy-day funds to help plug budget holes. Now, with the economy rebounding, some states are running surpluses. Governors in several of them are pushing... 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 – June 3, 2013
Posted on 3 Jun 2013 by State Net

Budget & Taxes CA RELEASES HEALTH EXCHANGE RATES: Last month, California released details about the insurers that will offer plans through the state's newly created health exchange and the premiums that millions of residents can expect to... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal -- December 20, 2011
Posted on 20 Dec 2011 by State Net

Budget & taxes NY RAISES TOP TAX RATE: This month New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) agreed to do what he had repeatedly said he would not: raise taxes on his state's highest earners. Under the agreement passed by the Legislature, those making over... Read More

New York's Highest Court Affirms Constitutionality of Click-Through Nexus
Posted on 10 Apr 2013 by Asbury Law Firm

Click-through nexus is a well-known term in the world of sales and use tax. It refers to the proposition that an internet vendor may be required to collect and remit sales tax on sales that originate from links placed on the websites of independent affiliates... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – June 10, 2013
Posted on 10 Jun 2013 by State Net

Budget & Taxes KS TAX PLAN SPURS POLITICAL POSTURING: The Kansas Legislature passed a new tax plan last week that will gradually lower income taxes over the next five years but keep in place part of a sales tax increase approved in 2010 to get... 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 – March 11, 2013
Posted on 11 Mar 2013 by State Net

Budget & Taxes ONLINE SALES TAX PUSH CONTINUES DESPITE DISAPPOINTING RETURNS: State officials have viewed Internet commerce with dollar signs in their eyes for decades. The few that have managed to tap the spigot of online sales in a substantive... 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 – May 13, 2013
Posted on 13 May 2013 by State Net

Budget & Taxes TAX REVENUE SURGE YIELDS SURPLUS IN CA: On April 17 California received nearly $2.8 billion in personal income tax payments, the third-largest amount collected on a single day in the state's history. That haul - combined with... 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

  • Blog Post: Budget & Taxes--State Net October 10, 2011

    MS JOBS PROGRAM COULD BE NATIONAL MODEL: President Obama is still trying to sell his jobs plan to America, but there's a program in Mississippi that is already creating jobs. And some analysts say it could be a model for the nation. The Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services, or...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal -- December 20, 2011

    Budget & taxes NY RAISES TOP TAX RATE: This month New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) agreed to do what he had repeatedly said he would not: raise taxes on his state's highest earners. Under the agreement passed by the Legislature, those making over $2 million will actually pay less next year than...
  • Blog Post: 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 first time since the start of the Great Recession...
  • Blog Post: 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 the tribe doesn't have a legal right to build...
  • 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 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 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...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – March 4, 2013

    Budget & Taxes VA PASSES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING OVERHAUL: On the final day of their legislative session, Virginia lawmakers approved a plan overhauling the way the state will pay for its roads, highways and mass transit. Under the plan, the state's 17.5 cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – March 11, 2013

    Budget & Taxes ONLINE SALES TAX PUSH CONTINUES DESPITE DISAPPOINTING RETURNS: State officials have viewed Internet commerce with dollar signs in their eyes for decades. The few that have managed to tap the spigot of online sales in a substantive way, however, aren't reaping the promised...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – March 18, 2013

    Budget & Taxes SOME LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR 'SIN TAX' ON GUNS: To some lawmakers in Congress and at least a half dozen states - particularly since the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting - guns are a sin against society, like alcohol and cigarettes, and should be taxed accordingly...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – April 1, 2013

    Budget & Taxes REBOUND SPURRING RAINY DAY DEBATE: During the recession, states raided their rainy-day funds to help plug budget holes. Now, with the economy rebounding, some states are running surpluses. Governors in several of them are pushing to boost those cash reserves higher, spurring...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – April 8, 2013

    Budget & Taxes NY HIGH COURT UPHOLDS INTERNET AFFILIATE LAW: In the long-running feud over online sales taxes, the federal courts have consistently held that Internet retailers must have a "physical presence" such as a warehouse or employees in a state to be subject to that state's...
  • Blog Post: New York's Highest Court Affirms Constitutionality of Click-Through Nexus

    Click-through nexus is a well-known term in the world of sales and use tax. It refers to the proposition that an internet vendor may be required to collect and remit sales tax on sales that originate from links placed on the websites of independent affiliates if that affiliate has nexus with the taxing...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – April 15, 2013

    Budget & Taxes STATES' TRANSPORTATION FUNDING NEEDS TRUMPING TAX AVERSION: This month Virginia's Republican-controlled House and GOP-Democrat-split Senate gave final approval to a $6 billion transportation funding overhaul proposed by the state's Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell that...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – April 22, 2013

    Budget & Taxes KS TAX REFORM WORST IN NATION: Joe Henchman of the conservative Tax Foundation and Nick Johnson of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities rarely agree on anything having to do with taxes. But when Governing magazine recently asked the two tax policy experts to...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – May 6, 2013

    Budget & Taxes AK GAMBLES ON OIL TAX CUT: A domestic energy production boom has put the United States on track to become the world's biggest oil producer by the end of the decade. But Alaska, once the nation's oil king, is getting left behind in that expansion, due largely to declining...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – May 13, 2013

    Budget & Taxes TAX REVENUE SURGE YIELDS SURPLUS IN CA: On April 17 California received nearly $2.8 billion in personal income tax payments, the third-largest amount collected on a single day in the state's history. That haul - combined with a sizeable bump in business tax revenues - means...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – May 20, 2013

    Budget & Taxes CA GOV DAMPENS BUDGET SURPLUS JUBILATION: A couple of weeks ago California officials announced the state was running a $4.5 billion surplus this fiscal year due to a surge in income tax collections in April. (See TAX REVENUE SURGE YIELDS SURPLUS IN CA in May 13 issue of SNCJ...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – June 3, 2013

    Budget & Taxes CA RELEASES HEALTH EXCHANGE RATES: Last month, California released details about the insurers that will offer plans through the state's newly created health exchange and the premiums that millions of residents can expect to pay for that coverage. Thirteen companies will...
  • Blog Post: State Net Capitol Journal – June 10, 2013

    Budget & Taxes KS TAX PLAN SPURS POLITICAL POSTURING: The Kansas Legislature passed a new tax plan last week that will gradually lower income taxes over the next five years but keep in place part of a sales tax increase approved in 2010 to get the state through the recession. That 6.3 percent...