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State Net Capitol Journal -- February 20th, 2012

Budget & Taxes SODA TAXES FIZZLE: Two years ago, when concern over obesity, especially among children, had states from California to New York debating excise taxes on soft drinks, it appeared as though they might become the new sin taxes of choice and follow the pattern of alcohol and cigarette taxes...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 16, 2012

Budget & Taxes CT PULLS PLUG ON MANAGED CARE FOR MEDICAID: The way states used to pay doctors and hospitals for treating Medicaid patients was by directly reimbursing them for the services they rendered. But spurred by criticism that the so-called "fee-for-service" method encouraged...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 16, 2012

Budget & Taxes CT PULLS PLUG ON MANAGED CARE FOR MEDICAID: The way states used to pay doctors and hospitals for treating Medicaid patients was by directly reimbursing them for the services they rendered. But spurred by criticism that the so-called "fee-for-service" method encouraged...

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...

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...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 11, 2012

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 are in particularly bad shape - especially, Nevada...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 11, 2012

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 are in particularly bad shape - especially, Nevada...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 18, 2012

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. Although the Spring 2012 update, released last...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 18, 2012

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. Although the Spring 2012 update, released last week...

State Net Capitol Journal – July 23, 2012

Budget & Taxes CA'S 'CHARTER CITIES' BANKRUPTCY PRONE? The last three major California cities to file for bankruptcy or announce plans to do so - including Stockton last month and San Bernardino two weeks ago - have something in common: They are all "charter cities." They...

State Net Capitol Journal – July 23, 2012

Budget & Taxes CA'S 'CHARTER CITIES' BANKRUPTCY PRONE? The last three major California cities to file for bankruptcy or announce plans to do so - including Stockton last month and San Bernardino two weeks ago - have something in common: They are all "charter cities." They...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 20, 2012

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 coverage; the number of uninsured in the state...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 20, 2012

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 coverage; the number of uninsured in the state...

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...

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...

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...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 4, 2013; Budget & Taxes: Medicaid Outpaces Private Insurance In ACA's Opening Weeks

Budget & Taxes MEDICAID OUTPACES PRIVATE INSURANCE IN ACA'S OPENING WEEKS: In May the Congressional Budget Office projected that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, nine million more Americans would enroll in Medicaid in 2014 and seven million would sign up for private health coverage...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 10, 2014; 2013 (Sort Of) 'Year Of Tax Reform'

Budget & Taxes 2013 (SORT OF) 'YEAR OF TAX REFORM': Early last year many predicted 2013 would be "the year of tax reform" in the states, due to the unusually high number of tax measures that had been proposed, a number of which included major reforms. But according to the results...

State Net Capitol Journal – May 19, 2014; States Souring On Property Taxes

Budget & Taxes STATES SOURING ON PROPERTY TAXES: Not for the first time, Pennsylvania Sen. David Argall (R) is backing a bill that would replace property taxes levied by school districts with higher state income and sales taxes. But this year, more than half of the state's senators are co...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 29, 2014; States Taxing Tourists

Budget & Taxes STATES TAXING TOURISTS: State and local governments across the country are increasingly looking at charging seasonal residents higher property taxes than year-round residents for the privilege of enjoying their locales' scenic beauty and mild winter weather. "Hit the...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 19, 2015; Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Colorado Taxpayer's Bill of Rights

Budget & Taxes SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE FATE OF CO TABOR: Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights — requiring lawmakers to obtain voter approval to raise taxes and to issue refunds to taxpayers when revenues grow faster than inflation and population growth — has survived repeated...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 15, 2015; California Considering Prop 13 Reform

Budget & Taxes CA Considering Prop 13 Reform A bill introduced last week in California would overhaul Proposition 13 -- the landmark property tax limit initiative approved by the state’s voters in 1978 -- to allow regular reassessments of commercial and industrial properties. Currently...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 17, 2015; States Back Tax Breaks for Military Vets

Budget & Taxes States Back Tax Breaks for Military Vets Despite facing a budget shortfall this year, Maryland doubled its income tax exemption for military retirement pay to $10,000. And a budget hole forced Connecticut to raise taxes on its most prosperous corporations, but it still managed...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 7, 2015; Feds Say New Jersey Must Repay $32M in Medicaid Claims

Budget & Taxes Feds Say NJ Must Repay $32M in Medicaid Claims The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said last month that New Jersey owes the federal government $32.2 million for improper Medicaid reimbursement claims filed for home care services by officials in the state. An audit...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 9, 2015; Alaska Governor Proposes Permanent Fund Restructuring

Budget & Taxes AK Gov Proposes Permanent Fund Restructuring With a sharp drop in oil prices and declining production having blown a $3-billion hole in his state’s budget, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) has proposed a plan to convert the state’s Permanent Fund into a “sovereign...