Seattle Leaders Set to Retreat After ‘Head Tax’ Furor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colo. wildfires … San Francisco mayoral race still in limbo … Lyme disease on Staten Island … and Va. Beach council members want city manager fired.

Scammers Threaten North Dakota Governor With ‘Immediate Arrest’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colorado pension reform bill approved … Louisiana special legislative session … and Michigan’s suburban growth.

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.

States' Rights Advocates Look to Double Down on Supreme Court Sports Betting Win

On issues ranging from sanctuary cities to telecommunications, activists are betting big on the Supreme Court’s sports gambling decision.

IRS, Treasury Take Icy View of State Workarounds to Capped Deduction

A notice issued on Wednesday could have implications for some recently passed state laws.

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.

Seattle City Council Set for Final Vote on Controversial Employee ‘Head Tax’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Possible early season tropical system … S.C. bag tax preemption … Minneapolis may increase age to purchase tobacco … and Baltimore’s incinerator reliance.

Kentucky’s Deadline Task: Implement an Expanded Sales Tax

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | CVS move surprises transit agency … Philly jury’s $10 million award … a ‘breakthrough compromise’ in Alaska … and Idaho's new grizzly bear season.

Survey Finds Americans are Confident Home Prices Will Rise

The findings are part of Gallup's latest Economy and Personal Finance poll.

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.

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.

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.

Supreme Court Prepares to Reconsider Limits on State, Local Tax Authority

With South Dakota v. Wayfair, the justices could resolve long-standing tensions over online sales tax collections.

Treasury Department, IRS Announce 'Opportunity Zone' Designations

The initial round of zone approvals under the new economic development program covers 15 states and three territories.

Ways to Increase Impact and Limit Costs of Business Incentives

A new study from the Upjohn Institute provides guidance to state and local governments for analyzing options.

Uber Thinks This New Tax Could Be Really Great for Business

Congestion pricing is deeply unpopular with voters but could be a big boon for ride-hailing apps in New York City.

N.Y. Governor’s Plan to Use City Property Taxes Alarms Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | County dissolves flood-prone village near Mississippi River; Fla. proposal would pressure Miami-Dade County; 100-gigabit network in N.D.; Boise is booming; and dismal news for Pa. dairy farmers.