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2012 ALEC-Laffer Report Strikes Familiar Theme
Posted on 13 Apr 2012 by Peter Miller

The just-released 5 th edition of Rich States, Poor States , the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) report on economic competitiveness of the states, reaches familiar conclusions shadowing those set forth in preceding editions: How the... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Proposes $2 Billion In Tax Relief
Posted on 16 Jan 2014 by State Net

Budget & Taxes NY GOV CUOMO PROPOSES $2B IN TAX RELIEF: Last week, ahead of his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a $2 billion tax relief proposal that sent the clear message New York's status as a high-tax state will... Read More

Will Developed Countries Learn to Tax?
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 by Allison Christians

In 1963, Nicholas Kaldor published a paper in Foreign Affairs about the ongoing fiscal problems of poor countries, entitled " Will Underdeveloped Countries Learn to Tax? " It turns out Kaldor should have aimed this advice at his own country... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – September 21, 2015; Legislators Press for Federal Firefighting Funding Change
Posted on 21 Sep 2015 by State Net

Budget & Taxes Legislators Press for Federal Firefighting Funding Change Last month the National Conference of State Legislatures unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the organization to lobby Congress to provide funding for catastrophic... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – April 20, 2015; States Getting Worse At Revenue Forecasting
Posted on 20 Apr 2015 by State Net

Budget & Taxes States Getting Worse At Revenue Forecasting States have gotten worse at forecasting revenues over the past three decades, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Rockefeller Institute of Government at... Read More

U.K. Road to Competitiveness Is Paved With Tax Increases
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 by Martin A. Sullivan

It has been the stated policy of the United Kingdom's Conservative-led coalition government "to create the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G20." Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne reiterated this policy -- expanded to... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – August 18, 2014; Federal High-Speed Rail Investment Generating Lackluster Returns
Posted on 18 Aug 2014 by State Net

Budget & Taxes FEDERAL HIGH-SPEED RAIL INVESTMENT GENERATING LACKLUSTER RETURNS: In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of a future in which sleek bullet trains whisk passengers all about the country at speeds of over... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – August 20, 2012
Posted on 21 Aug 2012 by State Net

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 health... 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 – May 14, 2012
Posted on 14 May 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – June 11, 2012
Posted on 11 Jun 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

The GOP Offers a Sound Tax Reform Program in South Carolina
Posted on 10 Mar 2012 by David Brunori

The Republicans in the South Carolina House are preparing a significant reform plan that will vastly improve the state's tax system. Although details are sketchy, the plan will broaden the sales tax base by eliminating two thirds of the exemptions... 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 4, 2012
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by State Net

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... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – June 18, 2012
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by State Net

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... Read More