The October 2007 issue of Budget & Tax News leads with a report on the continuing budget battle in Illinois, where the governor and leaders of his own party have been at loggerheads since a special session began in June 1. Also on page 1:
- The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are at odds over the outlines of a comprehensive farm bill.
- The Mehlville, Missouri Fire Protection District Board of Directors has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of pension legislation signed by Gov. Matt Blunt.
- A universal health insurance mandate that relies on a $15.2 billion payroll tax for funding has passed the Wisconsin Senate.
Also in this issue: union negotiations and collective bargaining, tax increment financing, public-private highway partnerships, impact fees, freight rail, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), excise taxes, and spending transparency. Benjamin Zycher reviews Freedomnomics by John Lott Jr., noting "it simply is incontrovertible that this well-written book, reflecting a body of rigorous research over many years, is important and extremely useful ..."
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