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.

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.

Revisiting a 50-Year Old Economic Development Tool

New research offers a fresh look at tax increment financing.

'Tax Reform 2.0' Would Permanently Curtail State and Local Deduction

Some state and local government leaders have chafed at the cap on the so-called SALT deduction.

Firm Offers Data on Hundreds of Businesses in 'Opportunity Zones'

The dataset’s creators hope to draw attention to small companies eligible for investment under the economic development program.

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

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

Report: Many Cities Are Not Equipped to Go It Alone in the Trump Era

Despite calls for local control, communities are only given a limited set of tools and are facing historic fiscal pressures. That could be a looming problem for many cities, according to a new report.

When Wildfires Strike Rural Places Wary of Tax-Funded Firefighting Operations

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif.’s secret DMV location for lawmakers … a plan to consolidate N.J. school districts … and a lawsuit over a “secret deal” in Miami Beach.

House Bill to Expand Tax Credit Program Would Target Rural Areas

Legislation introduced in late July would add authority to the New Markets Tax Credit program.

Figuring Out If 'Opportunity Zones' Can Revitalize Struggling Neighborhoods

In two Alabama cities, those laying groundwork for the new tax incentive program see both promise and risks in the investments it could spur.

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.

As States Legalize Sports Gambling, Convenience and Tax Rates Are Key

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to legalization, but one analysis says states should see serious budget revenue gains with the right policies.

Critics of Online Sales Tax Ruling Urge Congress to Rein in States

Meanwhile, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee warns the U.S. Supreme Court decision could “unleash chaos.”

New EPA Chief Hands Off Coal Ash Regulation to the States

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | California high court blocks proposal to split state …. Which states pay the most and least in sales taxes? … Mentally ill in Boston and stranded in an ER.

Plenty for Local Leaders to Consider as Opportunity Zones Ramp Up

National Association of Counties members are told now is the time to get involved in attracting investment.

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.