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.

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.

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.

Tension Bubbles Up Over Water Infrastructure Bill in Senate

The prospect of making changes to federally-backed drinking water and sewer lending programs is proving to be controversial.

Water Infrastructure Bill Offers a Kumbaya Moment on Capitol Hill

“There’s a lot to like about this legislation,” said Sen. Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

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.

Senate Lawmakers Seek to Extend Waterworks Financing Program

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act would be authorized through 2021 under a bill released Thursday.

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.

‘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.

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.

Dispute Over Florida Passenger Rail Project Gets Airing in Congress

The rail controversy has lawmakers raising questions about guidelines for tax-exempt private activity bonds.

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.