Poll: Rural Americans Optimistic About the Future

The rosy outlook comes despite concerns over local economies and health-care costs.

Use of State Education Savings Plans Rising—Along With Revenue Impact

Trend that started before the 529 program’s 2017 expansion could affect federal and state costs

Deficit Laden Federal Finances Stir Uncertainty for Future State Aid

Low Federal Reserve interest rates are a concern as well when it comes to how the nation will respond to the next recession.

An Important Pension Lesson: Why You Shouldn’t Use ‘Discount Rate’ and ‘Investment Rate’ Interchangeably

COMMENTARY | New Jersey’s former state comptroller and budget director discusses why pension rules for the discount rate are confusing, not comparable and troubling.

The States That Could Be Derailed By an Economic Downturn

New research shows that some states have improved their ability to cope with a recession. Others remain less prepared.

In Tax-Free States, Businesses Squirm at Collecting Online Sales Taxes for Others

Many states are looking at how they can tax more online sales. But for states that don't collect sales tax, the issue is different.

City Revenue Growth Is Slowing Down

That's according to the latest National League of Cities fiscal conditions report.

States See Energy Boom Along With Economic Expansion

Oil and gas production increased by nearly half in New Mexico over the past year, 29 percent in Texas and Colorado, and 19 percent in North Dakota and Oklahoma, according to federal figures as of June. 

On the Front Lines of Wildfires, Counties Fear Waning Funding

COMMENTARY | County officials say that "payments in lieu of taxes" are necessary for providing key services, including fighting wildfires.

Show Me the Money: Sports Betting Off and Running

Several states started to allow sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning a federal ban. More are expected to follow.

Rural Water Group Keeps Up Push for Changes to Lending Programs

The utility group wants the changes included in a final version of water infrastructure legislation taking shape in Congress.

A New Accelerator for Community-Owned Broadband Networks

Some of the communities selected will be able to begin building within a matter of months.

States Make More Progress Rebuilding Rainy Day Funds

Total rainy-day balances have improved since their low point but still have fallen short of pre-recession levels.

Looking for ‘Win-Win’ Approaches to the Amazon HQ2 Deal

Economic experts on Tuesday discussed some considerations that surround the pending project.

Preparing for the Inevitability of the Next Recession

Some states and localities are more ready to deal with an economic downturn than others.

More Counties Join PILT Class-Action Lawsuit Against the Feds

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Fact-checking Trump’s claims on Calif. wildfires … a big N.M. groundwater ruling … and Detroit’s dismal rental inspection compliance.

A Taxing Issue for State Legislators

COMMENTARY | The Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to tax online commerce beyond their borders should be front and center at the National Conference of State Legislatures meeting this week.