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Twelve Steps to Tax Reform

. . . . (1) Get conservatives to recognize tax expenditures as government spending. Relabel "tax expenditures." Call them "tax earmarks." . . . (2) Get conservatives to recognize base broadening as an alternative to a VAT. . . . (3) Get corporations to recognize base broadening...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 19th, 2012

Budget & Taxes WV COMMITS TO PAYING DOWN PENSION DEBT: West Virginia's unfunded pension liability - estimated at $10 billion last year - is one of the highest per capita in the nation. But the state became a standout on the issue in a very different way last month when lawmakers approved...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 19th, 2012

Budget & Taxes WV COMMITS TO PAYING DOWN PENSION DEBT: West Virginia's unfunded pension liability - estimated at $10 billion last year - is one of the highest per capita in the nation. But the state became a standout on the issue in a very different way last month when lawmakers approved...

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 – 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 Legislative Updates: State of Washington Seeks To Reduce Pollution Associated With Climate Change

ENVIRONMENT: WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5802, which authorizes the hiring of an independent consultant to review the Evergreen State's efforts to cut carbon emissions and for an associated group of legislators and other leaders to use that evaluation to recommend actions to reduce pollution...

State Net Capitol Journal – May 4, 2015; Transportation Funding Crisis Breeds Self-Reliance In States

Budget & Taxes Transportation Funding Crisis Breeds Self-Reliance In States The transportation funding crisis in the states is continuing to worsen. At least six states -- Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Montana, Tennessee, and Wyoming -- have delayed roughly $2 billion in construction projects...

State Net Capitol Journal – May 11, 2015; Budget Surplus In California

Budget & Taxes Budget Surplus Surge In CA With the state’s economy continuing to improve, California lawmakers were expecting a budget surplus this year of about $2 billion. But last week Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D) announced that the projected surplus had surged by as much as $8...

State Net Capitol Journal – May 18, 2015; Pension Reforms Struck Down In States

Budget & Taxes Pension Reforms Struck Down In States Twice in two weeks courts have rejected state pension reform laws. On April 30, Oregon’s Supreme Court ruled that the reductions the state made to cost-of-living adjustments in 2013 were unconstitutional. And last week Illinois’...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 1, 2015; Gas Tax Hike Coming to California?

Budget & Taxes Gas Tax Hike Coming to CA? Raising prices at the gas pump is a risky proposition in California, where cars have always been king. In fact the state is one of only a few in the nation that haven’t raised gas taxes since the early ‘90s. But that could change this year...

State Net Capitol Journal – October 12, 2015; Utah’s Gas Tax Hike Strategy

Budget & Taxes UT’s Gas Tax Hike Strategy Nearly every state in the nation is struggling to maintain its aging transportation system. But Utah is one of just seven states (the others are Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Washington) that passed a gas tax increase this year...

State Net Capitol Journal – October 19, 2015; Denver to Consider Local Tax for Higher Ed

Budget & Taxes Denver to Consider Local Tax for Higher Ed A measure bound for Denver, Colorado’s Nov. 3 ballot would raise the city’s sales tax to help local college students cover the rising cost of their tuition. Supporters of Measure 2A - who include Denver Mayor Michael Hancock...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 21, 2016; West Virginia Ends Session Without Budget

Budget & Taxes WV Ends Session Without Budget The last day of West Virginia’s 2016 regular session on March 12 didn’t resemble the frenzied pace of past final days due to the front loading of this year’s session with major bills to allow plenty of time for the GOP-controlled...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 4, 2016; Changing Economics of Recycling Could Soon Impact States

Budget & Taxes Changing Economics of Recycling Could Soon Impact States For years recycling programs have allowed cities, counties and states to improve the environment while saving money on landfill fees and even making money from the sale of recycled materials to processors. But that was...