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.

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.

Complete Figures for State Disaster Spending Are Hard to Come By

A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights some of the reasons policy makers may want to tackle the issue.

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.

Seattle Leaders Set to Retreat After ‘Head Tax’ Furor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colo. wildfires … San Francisco mayoral race still in limbo … Lyme disease on Staten Island … and Va. Beach council members want city manager fired.

Stress Testing Can Help Troubled State Public Pension Funds

A new analysis shows benefits of considering a range of factors and scenarios.

The Mayor of Memphis Wants to See His City Shrink

Mayor Jim Strickland and others are interested in "de-annexing" parts of the city.

Hedge Those Bets: Sports Gambling May Not Be a Jackpot for States

Gambling experts warn that starry-eyed lawmakers might be overestimating their haul from legalized sports betting.

States Turn to New Tool to Sustain Pension System Funding

Stress tests help policymakers plan for the next recession.

Explaining the Complexities of Property Tax Calculations

It’s not always easy to understand how they’re determined, but New Jersey’s former comptroller and budget director discusses the nuts and bolts of this important revenue source.

House Panel Advances Spending Bill for HUD and DOT Programs

Community Development Block Grants and "BUILD" infrastructure grants are among the programs the appropriations legislation proposes spending levels for.

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.

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.