State Lawmakers to Congress: Butt Out of Online Sales Taxes

The National Conference of State Legislatures is asking leaders on Capitol Hill to refrain from legislating around the recent South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Supreme Court decision.

Lawmaker Wants to Get ‘Fake Revenue’ Out of His State’s Budgeting Process

Pennsylvania state Rep. Seth Grove is pushing for consensus budget forecasting.

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.

North Carolina’s Florence Evacuees Urged to Hold Off on Returning

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Sidewalk vending decriminalization in California … the most cost-effective bus lane enforcement … and Miami’s mystery fountain.

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.

As Drivers Face Stronger ID Rules, States DMVs See Customer Onslaught

A common message in many states: ‘Save a trip, skip the line and renew online.’

How Incomes Compared Last Year Across States and Metro Areas

New data from the Census Bureau show how median household income levels stacked up around the U.S. in 2017.

Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy

In November, voters in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Utah will decide whether independent commissioners instead of state lawmakers should draw draw congressional and state legislative maps.

California Legislation Would Mandate List of Quake-Vulnerable Buildings

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | School districts still scrambling for bus drivers … Mich. county removes massive “fatberg” from sewer … and a Fla. city OKs a ban on lawn fertilizer.

The States and Metro Areas Where Poverty Was Highest Last Year

New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau offer a look at the states and metro areas that have been grappling with the nation’s highest poverty rates, as well as income inequality.

N.J. Lawmakers Want to Exempt Garden State Drivers From Out-of-State Tickets

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Delaware’s opioid legislative package … a flotilla of boats vs. Fla.’s red tide … and a Wyo. county commissioner rescued from mountain.

Virginia Announces Partnership for In-Vehicle Alcohol Detection Sensors

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco’s modular apartment plan … La. court blocks New Orleans art law … and “you can't use taxpayers' money to pay your tithe to your church.”

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.

As Hurricane Florence Takes Aim, N.C. Governor Says ‘Gather Your Supplies Now’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas anti-tax activist wants higher taxes … Casper, Wyo.’s massive sale tax error … and a frozen “blob” prompts an Alaska highway relocation.

Take Two Carrots and Call Me in the Morning

In California, a large-scale pilot program will test the concept of "food is medicine" with a thousand patients who have congestive heart failure.

Thousands Fail to Meet New Medicaid Work Mandates in Arkansas

The state is the first to move forward with new requirements for beneficiaries.

Counting Kicks to Prevent Stillbirths

A handful of states have adopted an Iowa campaign encouraging mothers to monitor fetal kicks.