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.

'Now Comes the Interesting Part' With Online Sales Tax Collections

Questions abound about how online retail sales tax policies will play out following a landmark Supreme Court decision.

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.

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Greater Online Sales Tax Collections by States

The 5-4 decision in the case South Dakota v. Wayfair overturns a 1992 case that said states could only require internet retailers to collect sales taxes if they had a physical presence in the state.

Zones for New Federal Tax Breaks Approved in All 50 States

Guidance for the “Opportunity Zones” program, which will provide tax breaks for investments in low-income areas, is still forthcoming.

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.