U.S. DOT Official: Gas Tax Debate Could Jam Up Infrastructure Talks

"We don’t want that to happen," according to Anthony Bedell, the agency's deputy assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs.

County Leaders Not Giving Up Fight on Exemption Nixed in Tax Overhaul

They plan to make their case for “advance refunding” bonds as infrastructure discussions ramp up in Congress.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Jeopardizes His State’s Business-Friendly Reputation

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan county surrenders to potholes; Chicago closes sexual harassment ordinance loophole; and a public records blowback continues in Washington state.

More Retail-Inflamed Heartburn Awaits Local Economic Development Officials

City halls, planners and community stakeholders ignore the current instability in the grocery sector at their own potential peril.

Despite Slow Growth, Tax Revenue Has Recovered in 29 States

Most states recorded more robust growth in overall tax collections at the start of fiscal 2018, according to preliminary data collected by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. But federal tax reform has brought plenty of uncertainty.

When You Give Alaskans a Universal Basic Income, They Still Keep Working

Public support for the Alaska Permanent Fund has deepened in the past generation, despite the prospect of raising taxes.

A Bitter Legal Fight Over a Philadelphia Soda Tax Could Decide the Future of Sugar Taxes in the US

Legal battles can be expensive to tax payers and time consuming for city and state legal departments. Philadelphia has been at loggerheads with the industry for almost two years, racking up legal fees north of $1.4 million.

Business Groups Back 25-Cent Gas Tax Increase to Fund Infrastructure

But there appears to be a limited appetite for such a proposal among Republicans in Congress.

Federal Tax Changes May Prompt State Tax Overhauls

A windfall from the new federal tax law gives many states the flexibility to comprehensively rewrite their own tax codes, something not seen for decades.

The Darker Side to Winning the Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes

Any rising tech community should adopt a position of cautious enthusiasm in wooing major multinational players.

New, Higher Tolls for 2018

Paying more to drive in 2018? Yup, and you aren’t alone.

In Response to the Federal Tax Law, N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Promises Court Battle and State Code Changes

"It is crass, it is ugly, it is divisive, it is partisan legislating, it is an economic civil war," Cuomo said of the tax rewrite.

A Bit of Good News in a County That Closed All Its Libraries

As volunteers step up to run community libraries, a new intergovernmental agreement in southwest Oregon gives local advocates there some new hope.

Is the Tax Fight Over the SALT Deduction a Sign of Waning State and Local Influence on Capitol Hill?

“Do we have the clout we once had?" said the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "That’s a very difficult question."

'God Made Republicans to Cut Taxes'

On a 227-203 party-line vote, the House on Tuesday passed a far-reaching, $1.5 trillion revision of the tax code, cutting rates for corporations, small businesses and individuals.

Final Tax Bill Does Not Include Tax on State and Local Pension Plans

An earlier House-approved version of the legislation would have exposed some public pension investments to federal taxation.

Republicans Are on the Cusp of Passing Their Tax Bill

Here's a rundown of some of the major provisions that have implications for state and local governments.

Tax Bill Would Scrap a Billion From Western States

Western states rich in coal, oil and natural gas—among them Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana—already rely heavily on those industries and have had their budgets hit hard in recent years by falling energy prices.