Credit Ratings Agency Offers Dim Outlook for Rural America

Population declines, an aging workforce and sluggish job growth pose challenges.

Maintenance Backlogs Are Leading to Creative Financing

COMMENTARY | Communities are leveraging savings from energy conservation improvements for maintenance and other needs.

Income Is More Than Just a Product of Location

A new tool shows state to state, county to county, and city to city differences but offers an even more comprehensive picture.

Watchdog Projects Ongoing Drop in Share of Federal Spending on Kids

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released its estimates as the nation's debt and deficits are on the rise.

An Annoying Hiccup to Complete New Jersey’s Budget Deal

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dystopian skies shroud San Francisco … what Duluth paid in Trump visit costs … and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Michigan mission.

Budget Plan OK’d by Calif. Governor ‘Fills Rainy Day Fund to the Brim’

The Golden State’s finances are far more golden than when Jerry Brown found them seven and a half years ago.

What a ‘State of Fiscal Crisis’ Will Bring in Harrisburg

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spokane eliminates parking minimums in some areas … Florida audit looks at state procurement cards … and Columbus passes new anti-panhandling law.

'Now Comes the Interesting Part' With Online Sales Tax Collections

Questions abound about how online retail sales tax policies will play out following a landmark Supreme Court decision.

Years of Slower Population Growth Persisted in 2017

A new analysis looks at population growth across the states, which is tied to state finances. Only two states saw a population drop over the last decade.

State Sales Tax Collections Finally Move Into the Internet Age

The Supreme Court's ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair scraps a precedent that dates back to the heyday of mail order catalogs.

How One Montana City Is Weathering Talk of a ‘Trade War’

“If the farmers and ranchers aren’t making money, we feel it immediately in Great Falls.”

As Smaller Marijuana Businesses Get Squeezed, State Revenue Takes a Hit

Small businesses are struggling in California's recreational marijuana industry, hurting state revenue and prompting lawmakers to look how to improve participation in the regulated market—instead of the black market.

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Greater Online Sales Tax Collections by States

The 5-4 decision in the case South Dakota v. Wayfair overturns a 1992 case that said states could only require internet retailers to collect sales taxes if they had a physical presence in the state.

State Budget Forecasts Could Shift in a Big Way

COMMENTARY | Here’s why preliminary observations and estimates from the recent ‘Fiscal Survey of the States’ could significantly change, according to New Jersey’s former state budget director and comptroller.

Zones for New Federal Tax Breaks Approved in All 50 States

Guidance for the “Opportunity Zones” program, which will provide tax breaks for investments in low-income areas, is still forthcoming.

Law Enforcement Grants Would Get Funding Bump Under Senate Bill

The draft measure also includes additional money for programs meant to help quell opioid and heroin abuse.