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State Net Capitol Journal – August 6, 2012

Budget & Taxes CA STATE PARK DONORS CRY FOUL: Last month California officials revealed that the state Department of Parks and Recreation had stashed away $54 million it had not reported to the state Department of Finance. The news came as quite a surprise, especially to the groups that had...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 6, 2012

Budget & Taxes CA STATE PARK DONORS CRY FOUL: Last month California officials revealed that the state Department of Parks and Recreation had stashed away $54 million it had not reported to the state Department of Finance. The news came as quite a surprise, especially to the groups that had generously...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 13, 2012

Budget & Taxes STATE BUDGETS STILL IMPROVING BUT NOT YET SECURE: Year-end balances are on the rise. Revenues are returning to pre-recession levels. Spending is in line with budget projections. That's what state legislative fiscal directors have been telling the National Conference of State...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 13, 2012

Budget & Taxes STATE BUDGETS STILL IMPROVING BUT NOT YET SECURE: Year-end balances are on the rise. Revenues are returning to pre-recession levels. Spending is in line with budget projections. That's what state legislative fiscal directors have been telling the National Conference of State...

State Net Capitol Journal – October 14, 2013; Mortgage Settlement Money Used To Balance State Budgets

Budget & Taxes MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT MONEY USED TO BALANCE STATE BUDGETS: As part of their settlement last year with major mortgage lenders over the lenders' use of improper mortgage practices contributing to the foreclosure crisis, states received $2.5 billion. But the states have found uses...

State Net Capitol Journal – December 16, 2013; Budget and Taxes: States Rush to Land Boeing

Budget & Taxes STATES RUSH TO LAND BOEING: After Washington machinists rejected a contract last month that would have guaranteed Boeing's planned 777X airliner would be built in that state, the company decided to explore other options for its 777X manufacturing center. And states have been...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 2, 2014; Pennsylvania Gambling Played Out?

Budget & Taxes PA GAMBLING PLAYED OUT? Born only eight years ago, Pennsylvania's gambling industry may already have reached maturity. The state legalized gambling in 2004. Its first two casinos opened in 2006. Four more opened the following year. Another two opened two years after that. And...

Court Holds Online Poker Accounts are FBAR Reportable

In United States v. Hom , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77489 (N.D. CA 2014), here , Hom was an online gambler who held accounts at two online poker companies, PokerStars and PartyPoker. He used a financial organization, FirePay.com, to facilitate his...

State Net Capitol Journal – July 7, 2014; Early Internet Gambling Revenues Disappointing

Budget & Taxes EARLY INTERNET GAMBLING REVENUES DISAPPOINTING: Last year Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey became the first states in the nation to legalize Internet gambling. But so far, their online gambling revenues have been falling far short of projections. New Jersey officials initially...

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

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 200 m.p.h. "Within 25 years, our goal...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 22, 2014; States Keeping Eye On Billionaires

Budget & Taxes STATES KEEPING EYE ON BILLIONAIRES: When the wealthiest Americans sell large quantities of stock or suffer big losses, it can have a significant impact on the finances of the states where they reside, especially if those states are small and collect taxes on income or capital gains...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 3, 2014; Massachusetts Casino Study At Odds With Experience Of Other States

MA CASINO STUDY AT ODDS WITH EXPERIENCE OF OTHER STATES: Supporters of a November ballot measure in Massachusetts (Question 3) aimed at repealing the 2011 law authorizing as many as three resort casinos and a slots parlor in the state issued a press release last month predicting the law would reduce...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 10, 2014; North Carolina Department of Transportation Looking For Ways To Boost Earnings

NC DOT LOOKING FOR WAYS TO BOOST EARNINGS: North Carolina's Department of Transportation wants to start operating more like a business. It's already planning to sell advertising and naming rights for DOT ferry boats and highway-helper trucks to help defray its operating costs. And the state's...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 13, 2015; Lottery Success Spurs Backlash

Budget & Taxes Lottery Success Spurs Backlash State lottery sales topped $70 billion last year in the 43 states that have them, according to the American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. That sum represents more than 10 percent of the states’ total revenues for the year...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 25, 2016; Utah Looking to Force Action on Internet Sales Taxes

Budget & Taxes UT Looking to Force Action on Internet Sales Taxes Utah Sen. Curt Bramble (R) said he and his colleagues will debate a bill this year requiring Utah-based businesses that sell on the Internet to collect sales taxes on those transactions and saying to businesses that do not, “We’re...