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Budgets In Brief - August 21 2017

CA LAWMAKERS CONSIDERING BILLIONS IN SPENDIND PROPOSALS

CALIFORNIANS could vote on billions of dollars in new spending for low-income housing, water projects and parks improvements next year if Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and state lawmakers approve several proposals they’re currently considering. Decisions on those measures are expected before the legislative session ends for the year in mid-September. (LOS ANGELES TIMES)

WA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS SEATTLE GUN & AMMO TAX

In a near unanimous vote, WASHINGTON’s Supreme Court upheld the tax on gun and ammunition sales Seattle approved in 2015. The justices’ decision affirms a lower court ruling against opponents of the tax, including the National Rifle Association. (SEATTLE TIMES)

WYOMING CASHING IN ON ECLIPSE-RELATED AIRBNB BOOM

Airbnb began collecting lodging taxes on behalf of its WYOMING-based hosts on Aug. 1, after reaching an agreement with the state. The taxes, ranging from 4 percent to 8 percent of the total lodging cost, depending on the county, will allow the state to capitalize on a projected 7,000 percent increase in the number of Airbnb bookings there as a result of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. (STAR TRIBUNE [MINNEAPOLIS])

PROPERTY TAX RELIEF LEFT UNRESOLVED IN TX SPECIAL SESSION

TEXAS lawmakers adjourned their special session last week with one item left pending: property tax relief. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) could call a second special session to address the issue. (AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN)

 

-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK