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The GOP Offers a Sound Tax Reform Program in South Carolina

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 and lower the rate by half a percentage. All remaining...

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 – April 2, 2012

Budget & Taxes PENSION SANCTITY MAY BE TESTED IN CA BANKRUPTCY: Financially troubled Stockton, California is currently in mediation with its creditors to determine whether it will file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy process is typically a collective one in which the creditors of the...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 2, 2012

Budget & Taxes PENSION SANCTITY MAY BE TESTED IN CA BANKRUPTCY: Financially troubled Stockton, California is currently in mediation with its creditors to determine whether it will file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy process is typically a collective one in which the creditors of the...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 9, 2012

Budget & Taxes RISKY PENSION INVESTMENTS NOT PAYING OFF: Hoping to boost their investment returns and shrink looming deficits, public pension systems across the nation have been turning to riskier investments, such as private equity and hedge funds. But their returns haven't been rising nearly...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 9, 2012

Budget & Taxes RISKY PENSION INVESTMENTS NOT PAYING OFF: Hoping to boost their investment returns and shrink looming deficits, public pension systems across the nation have been turning to riskier investments, such as private equity and hedge funds. But their returns haven't been rising nearly...

State Net Capitol Journal – May 7, 2012

SNCJ Spotlight With Congress stalled, states work their own "Amazon tax" deals Like millions of Americans these days, Dena Davidson buys a lot of products online. From birthday gifts to home furnishings, she eschews crowded malls at every opportunity, preferring the comfort of shopping...

State Net Capitol Journal – May 7, 2012

SNCJ Spotlight With Congress stalled, states work their own "Amazon tax" deals Like millions of Americans these days, Dena Davidson buys a lot of products online. From birthday gifts to home furnishings, she eschews crowded malls at every opportunity, preferring the comfort of shopping...

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 – 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...

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 – 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...