U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Online Sales Tax Case

It will now be up to the court to decide whether to reverse a legal precedent that dates back to an era before internet sales.

No Matter How the Supreme Court Rules, Don't Bank On an Online Sales Tax Boom

Changes to a long-standing legal precedent could free states to impose sales taxes on more internet retailers, but the immediate revenue gains could be somewhat limited.

Pension Crisis Forces Some Oregon Localities to ‘Do Less With Less’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kentucky governor apologizes … Idaho vs. feds … Philly tax fatigue ... San Diego’s sidewalk lawsuits … and Minnesota’s long winter continues.

The State Pension Funding Gap: 2016

Investment shortfalls, insufficient contributions reduced funded levels for public worker retirement plans

HUD Awards Unprecedented $28 Billion of Disaster Recovery Grants

Of the total, about $16 billion is slated for mitigation projects geared toward preventing future damage.

Tiny Towns, Small States Bet on Bitcoin Even as Some Shun Its Miners

While bitcoin mining may not create many jobs, state officials and cryptocurrency advocates believe in the economic potential of the industries created through blockchain technology.

Key Takeaways From a New Survey of Municipal Bond Analysts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trump suggests prosecution for mayor … Oklahoma teacher strike pushes into 5th day; county’s gift card scandal prompts changes … why St. Louis didn’t make the Amazon HQ2 cut … and Minnesota stinkbugs are on the move.

Ways to Increase Impact and Limit Costs of Business Incentives

A new study from the Upjohn Institute provides guidance to state and local governments for analyzing options.

Trump’s Complaints About Amazon Have a Historical Precedent

The fraught history of government-subsidized package delivery.

Seattle Mayor Pulls Brake on Streetcar Expansion Project

Advocates of the Center City Connector fear that if the project is scuttled, federal funding for other local transportation priorities could end up in jeopardy.

Trump to Stump for Infrastructure—Again

The president will highlight his public works plan in Richfield, Ohio on Thursday.

Pittsburgh's Path Out of Financial Distress

The fiscal future now looks more stable for Pennsylvania’s second-largest city.

S&P Nudges Philadelphia's Credit Rating Downward

The city's finances face pressure from public employee pensions and added public school costs are on the horizon.

N.Y. Governor’s Plan to Use City Property Taxes Alarms Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | County dissolves flood-prone village near Mississippi River; Fla. proposal would pressure Miami-Dade County; 100-gigabit network in N.D.; Boise is booming; and dismal news for Pa. dairy farmers.

Repeat Lottery Winners Raise Eyebrows in Wisconsin

The Badger State isn’t alone when it comes to people who seemingly have really good luck.

The New Federal Spending Bill Is Flush With Money for Waterworks

"The new initiatives and funding increases actually make this legislation a new national water infrastructure program," says a representative for the National Rural Water Association.

Next Recession Could Leave New York’s MTA ‘Particularly Vulnerable’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Okla. first to pursue nitrogen hypoxia executions; sunken island property dispute in N.C.; 2 police sketches, same fake cop?; a push for even stronger quake codes in Calif.