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Click-Through Nexus Struck Down in Illinois

As state tax policy has continued trying to keep up with the evolving changing of our nation's economy, one key issue has been the proper means of subjecting Internet-based retail transactions to state level sales & use taxation. Following the 2008 enactment of a click-through nexus law in New...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 17, 2012

Budget & Taxes TOLL ROAD REBELLION IN MD: Many Maryland motorists appear to have little respect for the state's toll roads. Thousands are repeatedly blowing through the state's E-ZPass lanes without an E-ZPass transponder. One car rental company owes the state over $200,000 in...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 17, 2012

Budget & Taxes TOLL ROAD REBELLION IN MD: Many Maryland motorists appear to have little respect for the state's toll roads. Thousands are repeatedly blowing through the state's E-ZPass lanes without an E-ZPass transponder. One car rental company owes the state over $200,000 in unpaid...

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 – November 19, 2012

Budget & Taxes OBAMA FIRES OPENING BUDGET SALVO: At a meeting with union leaders and other liberal activists last week, President Barack Obama announced that he intended to begin budget negotiations with congressional leaders by calling for $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenue over the next...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 19, 2012

Budget & Taxes OBAMA FIRES OPENING BUDGET SALVO: At a meeting with union leaders and other liberal activists last week, President Barack Obama announced that he intended to begin budget negotiations with congressional leaders by calling for $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenue over the next...

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 – December 17, 2012

Budget & Taxes BUSINESS INCENTIVES BIG NEWS: Corporate tax incentives have featured prominently in the headlines following The New York Times' series last month criticizing the deals. Much of the news has been critical of the Times' piece. In a guest column on MLive.com entitled "NY...

State Net Capitol Journal – December 17, 2012

Budget & Taxes BUSINESS INCENTIVES BIG NEWS: Corporate tax incentives have featured prominently in the headlines following The New York Times' series last month criticizing the deals. Much of the news has been critical of the Times' piece. In a guest column on MLive.com entitled "NY...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 21, 2013

Budget & Taxes VA GOV PITCHES RADICAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PLAN: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) proposed a radical plan this month to address his state's transportation funding shortage: replacing the state's gas tax, a shrinking revenue stream, with an increase in the sales tax...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 21, 2012

Budget & Taxes VA GOV PITCHES RADICAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PLAN: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) proposed a radical plan this month to address his state's transportation funding shortage: replacing the state's gas tax, a shrinking revenue stream, with an increase in the sales tax...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 18, 2013

Budget & Taxes STILL NO SEQUESTER DEAL IN SIGHT: In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama said both Democrats and Republicans agree that the $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester "are a really bad idea." But Democrats and Republicans...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 11, 2013

Budget & Taxes ONLINE SALES TAX PUSH CONTINUES DESPITE DISAPPOINTING RETURNS: State officials have viewed Internet commerce with dollar signs in their eyes for decades. The few that have managed to tap the spigot of online sales in a substantive way, however, aren't reaping the promised...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 10, 2013

Budget & Taxes KS TAX PLAN SPURS POLITICAL POSTURING: The Kansas Legislature passed a new tax plan last week that will gradually lower income taxes over the next five years but keep in place part of a sales tax increase approved in 2010 to get the state through the recession. That 6.3 percent...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 12, 2013; Massachusetts Approves Sales Tax Holiday

Budget & Taxes MA APPROVES SALES TAX HOLIDAY: Last week, Massachusetts became the 18th state to approve a back-to-school sales tax holiday this year, when Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed legislation designating the weekend of Aug. 10 tax free. The tax holiday will be Massachusetts' ninth...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 19, 2013; State Budgets Better...For Now

Budget & Taxes STATE BUDGETS BETTER...FOR NOW: This year was a good one for most state budgets, with revenues up by over 5 percent, far better than most observers predicted. That's the good news. The less good news is that, according to a report issued last week by the National Conference...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 2, 2013; North Dakota Leading Energy Tax Trust Fund Trend

Budget & Taxes ND LEADING ENERGY TRUST FUND TREND: When North Dakota officials created a fund in 2010 to set aside a portion of the state's oil and natural gas tax revenues for the future they predicted there would be about $600 million in the savings account by this summer. But the Legacy...

State Net Capitol Journal – December 9, 2013; Supreme Court Refuses To Hear New York 'Amazon Tax' Case

Budget & Taxes SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR NY 'AMAZON TAX' CASE: On the same day that consumers were making Cyber Monday the busiest online shopping day in history (see Bird's eye view), the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions from Amazon and Overstock to review a case from New York's...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 3, 2014; States Debate What To Do With Tax Windfalls

Budget & Taxes STATES DEBATE WHAT TO DO WITH TAX WINDFALLS: Rising tax revenues — and election-year considerations — are ratcheting up debate in state capitols over whether to cut taxes, restore spending eliminated during the recession or fund new programs. Although the debates...

State Net Capitol Journal – May 12, 2014; Amazon Sales Suffer From Sales Taxes

Budget & Taxes AMAZON SALES SUFFER FROM STATE TAXES: Last year Amazon.com began collecting sales taxes on purchases by Tennessee residents because the Internet retailer operates distribution facilities in the state, including warehouses in Chattanooga and Charleston. The "Amazon tax"...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 6, 2015; No Money For 2016 Primaries In Louisiana Budget

Budget & Taxes No Money For 2016 Primaries In LA Budget There’s a good chance term-limited Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will make a run for the White House in 2016. And last year he signed a law to move the date of the state’s presidential primaries up two weeks to draw more...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 20, 2015; States Getting Worse At Revenue Forecasting

Budget & Taxes States Getting Worse At Revenue Forecasting States have gotten worse at forecasting revenues over the past three decades, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York. Between 1987 and...

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...