Mich., N.D. Governors Warn Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt Their States

Govs. Rick Snyder and Doug Burgum, both Republicans, say the agreement should be updated, but not nixed.

State Treasurers Want Advance Refunding Tax Exemption Restored

States have used advance refunding bonds to refinance debt. Their tax-exempt status was nixed as part of last year's tax rewrite.

More Retail-Inflamed Heartburn Awaits Local Economic Development Officials

City halls, planners and community stakeholders ignore the current instability in the grocery sector at their own potential peril.

Despite Slow Growth, Tax Revenue Has Recovered in 29 States

Most states recorded more robust growth in overall tax collections at the start of fiscal 2018, according to preliminary data collected by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. But federal tax reform has brought plenty of uncertainty.

When You Give Alaskans a Universal Basic Income, They Still Keep Working

Public support for the Alaska Permanent Fund has deepened in the past generation, despite the prospect of raising taxes.

Seeking Startups in the Heartland

Venture capitalists look to encourage entrepreneurship in the “other” 47 states.

Trump's Budget Repeats Calls for Slashing State and Local Programs

The proposal appears to be out of step with previous actions by Congress and a new two-year budget deal enacted last week.

Pittsburgh’s Finances Reach an Important Milestone

The city’s recovery has “captured the attention of the nation, and, frankly, the world,” according to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Congress May Resurrect Earmarks. In Some States, They Never Went Away

States say earmarks unclog the wheels of government. But what about wasteful spending?

Unpredictable Intergovernmental Aid Is Particularly Challenging for Cities

Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey reveals an emerging hindrance to sound budget planning at the state and local levels.

Proposed Trump Budget Cuts to States Not Happening. At Least Not Yet.

ANALYSIS: New Jersey’s former comptroller and budget director offers insights on the complexities of the federal appropriations process.

Federal Reform, Slow Revenue Growth Pressure States

Despite the third-longest U.S. economic recovery on record, lackluster growth in state tax collections has left many policymakers with little wiggle room to balance their budgets.

The Shutdown Ended. Utah Wants Its Money Back.

As Congress stares down yet another deadline, state leaders once again may have to decide whether to open their own wallets to protect their local tourism industries.

Payday-Lending Lobbyists Swarm Indiana Statehouse

In the Obama era, the industry turned to state lawmakers to make its case. That strategy doesn’t seem to be changing.

South Carolina Officials Predict Litigation Over Big Lottery Error

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Nashville mayor’s affair leads to new scrutiny; federal judge’s Yellowstone bison decision; N.Y. state’s 11th-most-polluted waterway; and Colorado’s increase in traffic deaths.

Up to $20 Million in Grants Available for Coal Communities in Appalachia

It's the latest round of grants under the POWER initiative, which targets places where the coal sector has declined.

What Amazon Does to Poor Cities

The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion of warehouses in low-income areas.

Volcker Alliance Updates Its State Budget Report Cards

A new detailed breakdown of the state-by-state ratings and additional insights aim to help state budget practitioners “understand and improve their state's critical fiscal practices.”