The Final Sprint: How the Public Sector Can Efficiently Comply with the New Lease Accounting Standard

COMMENTARY | A new financial reporting requirement for states, localities and higher ed will require a heavy undertaking to efficiently reach compliance.

Seattle Passes Campaign Finance Restriction Targeting Corporate Donations

The bill approved by the city council would prevent any company with 5% of its stocks held by foreign individuals or companies from donating to local elections.

Lawmaker Sees State Rainy Day Fund as Lifeline For Localities Battling Big-Box Stores Over Taxes

The Indiana legislation could assist local governments dealing with “dark-store theory” property tax appeals.

Tax Incentives Fail to Spur Broad Economic Growth, Study Finds

Researchers analyzed state and local governments tax incentive spending, finding little evidence that the deals spurred job growth outside the specific industry implicated.

Remote Workers Moving to Tulsa? Foundation Doubles Down on Recruitment Efforts

The Remote Tulsa program is now offering $10,000 to 250 people to move to the Oklahoma city for a year, citing success in its first year.

The Places Where Growth in Home Values Could Lag in 2020

New survey results offer predictions for where gains in home values could be strongest and weakest during the year ahead.

Pension Cuts May Pose Special Risks For Public Workers Not Covered by Social Security

About 5 million state and local workers are outside of the federal retirement program.

Big Cities Mostly Prepared to Weather Next Recession, Report Says

Chicago and Detroit are outliers, least able to withstand a recession, among the big cities examined by Moody's, which looked at how prepared cities are when a downturn comes.

Governments Increasingly Rely on Evaluations for Tax Incentive Reform

ANALYSIS | More states and cities are requiring rigorous analyses.

Cities and States Look to Tap More Tax Revenue From Expensive Real Estate Sales

“It basically allows for luxury housing to pay for affordable housing,” said a Boston city council member describing a "transfer" tax proposal there.

Over 40% of Consumers in Some States Have Delinquent Household Debt, Data Indicate

Financial stress from debt has subsided somewhat since the Great Recession, but remains high in some places. New data provides insight into how it looks at the state and county level.

With Healthy Budgets, Dozens of States Give Raises to Their Workers

The number of states bumping up pay for their employees has hit a high not seen since prior to the Great Recession.

They’ve Built It, but Will People Come to the Midwest?

COMMENTARY | Several Midwest cities like Indianapolis are experiencing an economic renaissance. Yet, the region’s inability to attract people threatens long-term prospects.

Democrats, White House Make a Deal on the New NAFTA

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a deal Tuesday on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

In Two Blue States, Voters Back Democrats, But Show a Wariness Toward Taxes

In Colorado and Washington, residents this fall voted to either constrain state tax revenues or cut fees, even as Democratic lawmakers argue the money is needed to support education and transportation programs.

Some States Move Toward Financial Aid Based on Need Rather Than Merit

Merit aid programs tend to benefit wealthy white students.

Chemical Companies Are Building Their Plants Overseas and Shipping Them Back In. They Still Get State Tax Breaks.

Louisiana attracts chemical companies with one of the country’s most generous tax exemptions. The idea is to bring jobs to the state. Instead, construction often happens offsite, and automation has cut down on the jobs that remain.

This State Found $117,000 in Double Payments Through Data Analytics

Ohio developed a tool to review all state agencies’ payment transactions from January through September and found 56 duplicate payments worth more than $117,000.

Turning Gray and Into the Red: The True Cost of Growing Old in America

COMMENTARY | Too many people enter retirement without financial security.

Record Cyber Monday Boosts State Tax Revenue

Cyber Monday sales this year were up nearly 20% compared to last year.