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

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House Proposal Would Pump More Funding to Army Corps

The House Appropriations Committee included the spending increase in fiscal 2019 legislation for water and energy programs.

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

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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.

Why More School Districts Are Holding Class Just Four Days a Week

Today school districts in parts of 22 states use a four-day week, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Online Sales Tax Case

It will now be up to the court to decide whether to reverse a legal precedent that dates back to an era before internet sales.

No Matter How the Supreme Court Rules, Don't Bank On an Online Sales Tax Boom

Changes to a long-standing legal precedent could free states to impose sales taxes on more internet retailers, but the immediate revenue gains could be somewhat limited.

Supreme Court Prepares to Reconsider Limits on State, Local Tax Authority

With South Dakota v. Wayfair, the justices could resolve long-standing tensions over online sales tax collections.

The State Pension Funding Gap: 2016

Investment shortfalls, insufficient contributions reduced funded levels for public worker retirement plans

‘Unnecessary Fight’ Over Sanctuary Cities Could Cost Police Funding for Years

The U.S. Supreme Court is the quickest path to a national ruling that frees up $250 million and counting in Byrne JAG funds—possibly as soon as June 2019.

Public Pension Cuts Appear to Be Stifling Recruitment, Study Finds

Benefit reductions can save money, but may also be making it tougher to attract workers to state and local government.

Key Takeaways From a New Survey of Municipal Bond Analysts

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