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More States Consider Taxing Personal and Professional Services as 2019 Legislative Sessions Advance

In recent years, states have increasingly considered taxing services by expanding the sales and use tax base —  and 2019 is no different. So far this year, taxation of services bills have been introduced in eight states: California, Connecticut, Montana, Nebraska, Texas,...

Advocates Push Workers’ Rights Proposals for Independent Contractors

Lawmakers have begun to focus on independent contractors recently because of the increase in temporary “gig economy” jobs such as driving for Uber or Lyft, or performing work via TaskRabbit. Last week, the National Employment Law Project (NELP), a progressive labor...

How States are Responding to Federal Tax Reform in 2019

Since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017, state legislators have been debating exactly how new federal tax provisions will impact their state and how they should respond to these major changes in the federal tax code.

State Revolving Doors:  Where They Exist and What They Might Mean

Last year’s elections and term limits in 15 states have provided an opportunity for quite a few former state legislators to consider how to proceed with their involvement in the public policy process. Some may now move to serve in the executive branch as a department...

Legislative Session Review: Ohio

Ohio has a full-time legislature whose 2018 session ran from January 2 through December 31, 2018. This was Governor John Kasich’s (R) last session due to term limits. Ohio’s 2019 legislature is scheduled to be in session from January 7 through December 31, 2019.

Legislative Review Session:  North Carolina

Legislators in Raleigh have long dubbed sessions held in even-numbered years as “short sessions,” but the North Carolina General Assembly’s 2018 session seemingly would not end. Short sessions always kick off in mid-May and typically end when the House and Senate finish...

New Report: Six States Face Revenue Shortfalls in 2019 - A Marked Decrease from Previous Years

State budgets are in a strong position headed into 2019, with only six states projecting revenue shortfalls for the upcoming fiscal year. More than four times as many states faced budget deficits in 2018 and five times as many states did in 2017. A primary driver of...

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