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.

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.

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.

House Dems Call for 5 Times More Infrastructure Spending Than What's Expected in Trump's Plan

"The president talks a big act, but then he proposes a small bill," according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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.

Congressional Budget Deal Poised to Include $20 Billion Boost for Infrastructure Spending

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the funding would "augment" existing public works programs.

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.

How States Are Gambling on Sports Betting Case

Sports betting bills have been filed in some 20 states, ranging from ones detailing exactly how the sports betting would work to mere placeholders that would allow for specific language once the case is decided.

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.”

State Personal Income Growing Slowly Since Recession

Trends in personal income matter to state governments because tax revenue and spending demands may rise or fall along with residents’ incomes.

What Does the Economic Forecast Look Like for U.S. Metro Areas?

Estimates presented to mayors last week show solid national GDP growth in the near term. But there are concerns about workforce participation, regional divides and immigration policy.

Appalachia, Civil War Scholars Alarmed by Kentucky Governor's Budget Ax

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan governor says pipeline isn’t at risk for imminent failure; fake flu information in Oklahoma; and a step closer to paying every city employee at least $15 an hour in Cleveland.

State Rainy Day Funds Grow Even as Total Balances Lag

Some states have struggled to save given sluggish tax revenue growth and have had to make more recent withdrawals from fiscal reserves.

Reeling from Dismal State Budget, La. Gov. Takes Aim at ‘Obscene’ College Coaching Salaries

Gov. John Bel Edwards has had to consider suspending classes at state colleges. He thinks the millions going to coaches could be better spent.

The Leading Challenge Many U.S. Mayors Say Their Cities Are Facing

Based on the latest Menino Survey of Mayors, it’s “not just a coastal problem, but a problem everywhere.”