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.

Atlanta Gets Creative Financing Green Infrastructure

The city plans to undertake eight projects worth $12.9 million making its Westside more resilient to flooding.

What the House Water Resources Development Bill Leaves Out

Water and sewer utility provisions found in the Senate version of the legislation aren't included in the House draft.

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.