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.

Wisconsin City to Offer Mini-Bonds to Residents

Mini-bonds are similar to traditional municipal bonds, but on a smaller scale.

Federal Share of State Revenue Rises for Third Year

A majority of states saw gains in federal dollars as a share of state revenue in fiscal 2016.

Credit Ratings Agency Offers Dim Outlook for Rural America

Population declines, an aging workforce and sluggish job growth pose challenges.

Maintenance Backlogs Are Leading to Creative Financing

COMMENTARY | Communities are leveraging savings from energy conservation improvements for maintenance and other needs.

When Push Comes to Shove, Here Are Local Leaders' Priorities

Route Fifty asked local government officials what is most important to their communities’ future. Their answers may surprise you.

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.

Years of Slower Population Growth Persisted in 2017

A new analysis looks at population growth across the states, which is tied to state finances. Only two states saw a population drop over the last decade.

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.

As Smaller Marijuana Businesses Get Squeezed, State Revenue Takes a Hit

Small businesses are struggling in California's recreational marijuana industry, hurting state revenue and prompting lawmakers to look how to improve participation in the regulated market—instead of the black market.

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.

It’s Wildfire Season in California, and Utilities Want to Tamp Down Their Liability

Power lines coming into contact with trees causes many wildfires in California. Should utilities be held responsible or be allowed to pass on liability to ratepayers?

Stress Testing Can Help Troubled State Public Pension Funds

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

We're About To Find Out How Big the 'Gig Economy' Actually Is

The federal government this week will release data on how many people are contingent workers, temporary employees and work on contract.

Pennsylvania’s ‘Johnstown Flood Tax’ May End Up Helping Johnstown Again

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Judge orders LePage to act on Maine Medicaid expansion … no big shakeup expected under Missouri’s new governor … and Baltimore’s unofficial sewage overflow.

The Mayor of Memphis Wants to See His City Shrink

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