Budget and Tax News : Issue Archive

  • 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...
  • 2012 January Budget & Tax News

    The January 2012 issue of Budget & Tax News reports on the looming bankruptcy – or will it be a takeover by the state? – of Harrisburg, capital of Pennsylvania. The city’s finances are a mess, at...
  • 2011 December Budget & Tax News

    The December issue of Budget & Tax News reports the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has ended rail boosters’ hopes of getting a meaningful appropriation for high-speed rail in FY 2012,...
  • 2011 October Budget & Tax News

    The October issue of Budget & Tax News reports government workers in Wisconsin may be wondering whether their effort to recall six state senators from office was worth the price. The government...
  • September 2011 - Budget & Tax News

    The September issue of Budget & Tax News reports on the government “shutdown” that lasted nearly three weeks in Minnesota, ending in July when lawmakers and the governor agreed on a two-year...
  • 2011 June Budget & Tax News

    The June issue of Budget & Tax News highlights on Page 1 efforts by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to close the state’s $1.8 billion FY 2010 budget deficit without a net tax hike. Also in this...
  • 2011 April Budget & Tax News

    The April issue of Budget & Tax News covers the ongoing protests in Madison, Wisconsin, where thousands of government workers were staging sit-ins at the State Capitol building. More than a dozen...
  • 2011 March Budget & Tax News

    The March issue of Budget & Tax News leads with a report on the $7 billion tax hike passed by Illinois Democrats in the dead of night on the last day of the state’s lame-duck legislative...
  • 2011 February Budget & Tax News

    The February issue of Budget & Tax News reports on reactions to proposals (at the time the issue was written) to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. Also in this issue: The Illinois Senate passed...
  • 2010 December Budget & Tax News

    The December issue of Budget & Tax News describes efforts by the board of trustees of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to end pension “spiking,” which allows government workers...
  • 2011 January Budget & Tax News

    The January 2011 issue of Budget & Tax News reports that cash from the federal government is now the largest revenue source for state and local governments, surpassing sales and property taxes....
  • 2010 October Budget & Tax News

    The October issue of Budget & Tax News leads with news that Indianapolis taxpayers are being forced to bail out the city’s NBA Pacers. The city’s Capital Improvement Board voted in July to...
  • 2010 September Budget & Tax News

    The September issue of Budget & Tax News describes a growing controversy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the teachers union refuses to negotiate its health insurance plan – a move some say...
  • 2010 June Budget & Tax News

    The June issue of Budget & Tax News opens with Managing Editor Steve Stanek’s report on the looming bankruptcy of Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city, largely because of...
  • 2010 April Budget & Tax News

    The April 2010 issue of Budget & Tax News leads with a report on New York Gov. David Paterson’s new budget. With the state facing a budgetary disaster, Paterson has proposed raising more...
  • 2010 March Budget & Tax News

    The March issue of Budget & Tax News describes the dire budget crunch facing the city of San Francisco, grappling with a $522 million budget deficit. The city spends more than the entire Idaho...
  • 2009 August Budget & Tax News: Californians Reject Budget ‘Reform’

    In a May 19 special election called to address the state’s dire financial situation, California voters overwhelmingly rejected, by nearly a 2-1 margin, the main propositions Gov. Arnold...
  • 2009 June Budget & Tax News: Obama Budget Little Change from Bush

    The June 2009 issue of Budget & Tax News leads with a report on the federal budget introduced by President Barack Obama ... which builds on the spending precedents set by President George W. Bush...
  • December 2008 Budget & Tax News: Bailout: The Sequel?

    The December 2008 issue of Budget & Tax News highlights the federal government’s recent “buyouts, bailouts, loans, takeovers, and giveaways” ... and warns more intervention...
  • January 2009 Budget & Tax News: Federal Deficit Could Top $1 Trillion

    The January 2009 issue of Budget & Tax News leads with (bad) news about the federal deficit and (largely good) news about state and local ballot measures that helped taxpayers keep control of...
  • September 2008 Budget & Tax News

    The September 2008 issue of Budget & Tax News highlights research by the Institute for Truth in Accounting aimed at improving the transparency ... and accuracy ... of state budget processes. On...
  • July 2008 Budget & Tax News

    The July 2008 issue of Budget & Tax News highlights private options for financing highways and bridges in the U.S. On page 1: Lavish pay, pensions, and other perks for city workers, combined...
  • August 2008 Budget & Tax News

    The August 2008 issue offers a special report on state lotteries, which are being viewed as a new source of revenue by several key states. On page 1: Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has launched a campaign...
  • June 2008 Budget & Tax News

    The June 2008 issue of Budget & Tax News features a series of articles addressing unionization of public- and private-sector labor, prevailing-wage rules, and labor union finances. On page 1:...
  • April 2008 Budget & Tax News

    The April 2008 issue of Budget & Tax News offers two contrasting approaches to property tax reform: in Florida, where a constitutional amendment aimed at reform may actually inhibit future reform...