The Other Local Economic Impact of the Kilauea Eruption

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A new idea to fund state pensions in Kentucky … this California county has the most wind turbines in the nation … and Atlantic City’s worst days are behind it.

Supreme Court Rules States Can Legalize Sports Gambling, Reaffirming Limits of Federal Authority

The high court made clear that state legislatures have a “dual sovereignty” with their federal counterparts.

Seattle City Council Set for Final Vote on Controversial Employee ‘Head Tax’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Possible early season tropical system … S.C. bag tax preemption … Minneapolis may increase age to purchase tobacco … and Baltimore’s incinerator reliance.

Iowa Soybean Farmers Could Become the Face of a Trade War With China

Already hit by falling agricultural commodity prices, retaliatory tariffs would effectively kick producers while they’re down.

State Economic Growth Uneven Since Recession Began

All three major components of personal income—work earnings, transfers such as Social Security benefits, and property income—rose over the past 10 years. Among the factors that shape personal income, effects vary by state.

Kentucky’s Deadline Task: Implement an Expanded Sales Tax

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | CVS move surprises transit agency … Philly jury’s $10 million award … a ‘breakthrough compromise’ in Alaska … and Idaho's new grizzly bear season.

California AG Blasts Closure of CFPB’s Students and Young Consumers Office

Consumer advocates see it as a sign that the Trump administration has deprioritized scrutiny of predatory college lending.

Wall Street Has Only a Few More Months to Enjoy California’s Frugality

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Atlanta mayor introduces new city hall transparency ordinance … Minnesota’s graying farming community … and an Indiana city's train museum eviction dispute.

The Obscure Tax Rule That’s Stopping U.S. States From Paying Teachers More

Supermajority tax measures have been pushed since the 1990s by deep-pocketed lobbying groups.

S&P: Rosier Near-Term Outlook for State Budgets, but Risks Persist

The credit rating agency released its annual U.S. states budget analysis this week.

Detroit Reaches Major Fiscal Milestone

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rideshare protests in Portland … Philly council considers vetoes for real estate assessments … Iowa lawmakers trim energy-efficiency rebates … and Funkmaster Flex’s police escort.

The Feds Outlawed a Key State and Local Refinancing Tool. Now What?

Tax-exempt advance refunding helped state and local governments save billions of dollars in recent years.

New Lawsuit Aims to Pressure Maine Governor to Act on Medicaid

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona teacher walkouts to continue … Gary to cancel its air show for second time … Nashville transit vote … and companies scoop up their scooters in Austin.

‘We Have No Bill. We Have No Deal’ to End Arizona Teacher Protests

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.Y. plans new assistance for Puerto Rico recovery ... N.M. legal battle over secret recordings … Richmond, Va. is an eviction hub … and a “silent impasse” at an Ohio village hall.

Utah Adds Long-Term Budgeting to Its Planning Strategies

New law builds on earlier steps toward better fiscal management

New Study Grades State Government Spending Websites

Ohio and West Virginia were among the states that fared well in the rankings.

Local Leaders Visit D.C. to Oppose Possible Spending Clawbacks, Cuts

Mayors and others who took part in the lobbying effort are part of a newly formed coalition of small and mid-sized communities.

Kraken Crypto Exchange Responds to New York Attorney General in Snarky Way

There's a historical grudge that the crypto industry holds with regulators in the Empire State.