An Economic Development Package for a Major Tourist Attraction

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Different and escalated citations for homeless people in Sacramento ... Rethinking fare evasion in Philadelphia ... Changes for drones in a New Jersey town.

Texas May Owe Feds $223 Million for Shortchanging Special Ed

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts city council won’t skimp on laundry units for firefighters… Phoenix police make arrest in fifth road-rage attack in the last three weeks … More hay going to Midwest to help flooded farmers.

Poor Taxpayers in Rural Counties Most Likely to be Audited

New research finds that low-income taxpayers who receive the earned-income tax credit are more likely to be audited than wealthier Americans.

Considering a ‘Progressive’ Income Tax in a Fiscally-Stressed State

What if Illinois scraps its flat tax structure and made higher earners pay more? A new study offers possible insights.

States Revamp Economic Development Incentives

COMMENTARY | Requirements for regular reviews to guide changes to state programs help ensure that they serve intended purposes.

Shedding More Light on Fees a State Pension Fund Pays Wall Street

A bill in Maryland aims to do so. But provisions to restrict the investment fees have been stripped from the measure.

Not Out of the Woods Yet—State Borrows $100 Million As it Looks to Solve Forest Controversy

The story of Oregon's Elliott State Forest is one of logging, litigation, old trees, imperiled animals, and school funding.

Soda Taxes Lead Some to Cut Down on Sugary Drinks, Fizzle With Others

But the full cost of the taxes does appear to be getting passed to consumers in at least two cities.

California Governor on Opportunity Zones: ‘I hope it’s not just to make a quick buck.’

State and local leaders and investors gathered to discuss the economic development program on Monday.

States See Sales Tax Growth After Supreme Court Ruling

South Dakota v. Wayfair opened the door for new collections from online retailers, with several states currently considering plans.

Lawmakers Press Treasury Secretary Mnuchin for Opportunity Zones Oversight

"I want to make sure it works the way it was intended," one Ways and Means Committee member said of the new program.

A State Slow to Come Back from the Recession Pushes for Economic Wins

Rhode Island is recruiting companies and looking for long-term growth.

Trump's Budget Calls for Lower Medicaid Spending, New Infrastructure Money

The president's fiscal 2020 spending plan also renews calls for cutting popular grant programs.

After a Voter Mandated Pay Increase, the Threat of Firefighter Layoffs

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Looking at a Florida tolls contract ... Luxury tax on non-resident apartments in New York ... A tree falls in Los Angeles.

Give Up Some Green to Go Green? Bond Investors May Be Reluctant

New research finds the pricing of tax-exempt municipal “green bonds” is nearly identical to similar non-green securities.

State Supreme Court Rules Pension Credits Don't Deserve Special Protection

But it stops short of reworking the “California Rule,” which restricts how retirement benefits can be altered in some states.

Where Unpaid Water Bills Can Mean Losing a Home

Some cities slap liens on homes for unpaid bills, then sell those liens to the highest bidder.