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Stage is Set for Major State Transportation Funding in 2017

Eleven states raised new revenue for transportation infrastructure investments in 2015, but election years are not popular times to raise taxes, so only New Jersey raised its gas tax in 2016, which was a non-election year for the off-year election state. (Additionally, Rhode Island imposed a new toll on large…

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Tax Issues to Watch in 2017: Taxation of Services

Tax on services (TOS) proposals have become increasingly prevalent in state legislatures across the country over the last few years, and 2017 will be no exception. As of January 2017, we anticipate TOS proposals could emerge and be seriously debated in 16 states during upcoming state sessions. These predictions are…


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Minimum Wages Rise in 19 States

When President Obama suggested in his 2014 State of the Union address that Congress should increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, states were quick to advance the issue themselves. Since then, and with the help of the Fight for $15 campaign, there has been a…


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Thirty-One States Face Revenue Shortfalls for the 2017 Fiscal Year

State revenues have had a hard recovery, with about half of the states facing budget deficits or shortfalls, according to a recent report from the National Association of State Budget Officers. Based on a new data analysis, we anticipate that 31 states will face some kind of revenue imbalance in…


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2017 Political Preview: GOP Expands Historic Control of State Governments

Now that the dust has settled on 5,923 state legislative and twelve gubernatorial elections, we take a look at what the political makeup of the states will be when state legislatures gavel into session next month. One-Party Control Next year, Republicans will have complete control of 25 state governments —…


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Right-to-Work to Expand in 2017

Advocates for right-to-work laws will have a chance to add to recent victories after voters in three states removed roadblocks to the passage of right-to-work laws in Kentucky, Missouri, and New Hampshire. And court approval of local right-to-work ordinances offer advocates a new avenue in states without statewide right-to-work statutes….


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NCSL Tax Task Force Meeting Spots Emerging Issues for 2017

Last week, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on State and Local Taxation considered a wide range of key tax issues at its two-day meeting in California. The Task Force is a bipartisan group of legislators that meets several times a year to explore pertinent state and…


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Majority of Firearm Measures Pass at the Ballot Box

On Election Day, four states considered some form of firearms-related ballot questions, including measures on background checks, transfers, and efforts to keep guns away from the mentally ill. Polling showed that a majority of voters in each state supported these measures before the election. Ballot initiatives passed in California, Nevada,…


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Election Aftermath: A Variety of Tax-Related Ballot Measures Passed on Election Day

Twenty-five state tax ballot measures were decided in 14 states on Election Day this year. Voters considered a range of issues, including changes to business tax regimes, various changes to sales taxes, targeted property tax exemptions, increasing tobacco taxes, and environmental-related tax provisions, among others. Some tax measures will have…


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An Ounce of Prevention: Understanding Campaign Finance Restrictions

New Mexico has been in the news for compliance quite a bit lately. In March, we covered upcoming changes in New Mexico’s lobbying regulations in the wake of scandal surrounding their former Secretary of State. Intended to expand transparency and accountability, the new legislation went into effect July 1 and…