Budget and Tax News : Issue Archive

  • 2014 July Budget & Tax News

    The July issue of Budget & Tax News reports all three major credit rating agencies – Fitch, Standard & Poor’s, and Moody’s Investors Service – have issued stern warnings to Pennsylvania...
  • 2014 June Budget & Tax News

    Two years ago, when Rhode Island passed bipartisan legislation to reform a state pension system that threatened to bankrupt the state, it was hailed as an example for other states to follow. Now, as...
  • 2014 April Budget & Tax News

    The April issue of Budget & Tax News reports the Tax Reform Act of 2014, proposed by U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), would reduce the number of tax “loopholes”...
  • 2014 March Budget & Tax News

    The March issue of Budget & Tax News reports on the release of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s “Blueprint for Prosperity,” the centerpiece of which is a tax cut package of more than $800 million....
  • 2014 February Budget & Tax News

    The February issue of Budget & Tax News reports on the approval of the first federal budget since 2009, noting it received a lukewarm response even from many supporters and outright opposition...
  • 2014 January Budget & Tax News

    The January issue of Budget & Tax News reports on a special two-day session of the Washington State legislature during which lawmakers approved approximately $8.7 billion in incentives for The...
  • 2013 December Budget & Tax News

    The December issue of Budget & Tax News reports California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to give 100 percent relief to approximately 2,500 small business investors who had been threatened with...
  • 2013 October Budget & Tax News

    President Barack Obama proposed to Republicans a “grand bargain” on taxes that he said would spur jobs and income growth, especially for lower- and middle-income Americans. But early responses to his...
  • 2013 September Budget & Tax News

    The September issue of Budget & Tax News reports on efforts to rein in crony capitalism in the Community Development Block Grants program in St. Louis. Federal government funds for blight-...
  • 2013 August Budget & Tax News

    The August issue of Budget & Tax News reports some observers find it ironic that U.S. companies like Apple are being taken to task for allegedly using “offshore tax havens” to avoid paying U.S....
  • 2013 July Budget & Tax News

    The July 2013 issue of Budget & Tax News reports on the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service that exploded into the headlines in mid-May. As investigations continue, the implications...
  • 2013 June Budget & Tax News

    The June issue of Budget & Tax News reports on the growing controversy over the Marketplace Fairness Act, which critics say represents “an enormous expansion in state tax collection authority”...
  • 2013 April Budget & Tax News

    The April issue of Budget & Tax News reports baseball’s Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, may get a $300 million makeover paid for by the owners themselves rather than taxpayers. Local...
  • 2013 March Budget & Tax News

    The March issue of Budget & Tax News reports on Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s controversial proposal to end the state’s gasoline tax and replace it with higher sales taxes and fees. Neither...
  • 2013 February Budget & Tax News

    The February issue of Budget & Tax News reports Michigan became the nation’s 24th right-to-work state when Gov. Rick Snyder signed landmark legislation in mid-December. David Denholm of Public...
  • 2013 January Budget & Tax News

    The January issue of Budget & Tax News reports Cigarettes, firearms, poker machines, and items purchased outside the county will cost Cook County, Illinois businesses and residents more under the...
  • 2012 December Budget & Tax News

    The December issue of Budget & Tax News reports an interesting case of government failing to be transparent: The Scottsdale, Arizona city council has voted to spend nearly $2 million for a new...
  • 2012 October Budget & Tax News

    The October issue of Budget...
  • 2012 September Budget & Tax News

    The September issue of Budget & Tax News reports President Barack Obama has asked Congress to take up legislation that extends for only one year the Bush-era tax rates, only for families earning...
  • 2012 August Budget & Tax News

    The intense political brawl that was the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election came to a quick and decisive end on the evening of June 5, with sitting Gov. Scott Walker retaining his seat by a...
  • 2012 July Budget & Tax News

    The July issue of Budget & Tax News reports Social Security has an unfunded liability of $8.6 trillion and will run out of money by 2033, three years earlier than projected just one year ago,...
  • 2012 June Budget & Tax News

    The June issue of Budget & Tax News reports property taxes have risen twice as fast as consumer prices in Cook County, Illinois since 2000, with the steepest increases in suburban Chicago. The...
  • 2012 April Budget & Tax News

    The April issue of Budget & Tax News reports a key piece of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s legislative agenda this year involves shifting some government employee pension costs away from the...
  • 2012 March Budget & Tax News

    The March issue of Budget & Tax News reports the findings of an independent panel named to evaluate California’s plans for high-speed rail. The group concluded the state’s proposed high-speed...
  • 2012 February Budget & Tax News

    The February 2012 issue of Budget & Tax News leads with a report on the overwhelming approval by Rhode Island lawmakers of a measure to change the state’s pension system to improve solvency and...