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.

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

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.

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.