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October Tax Retrospective: Two Down, One to Go
After months of work, two states have finalized their outstanding budgets. In the last few days, lawmakers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania have set out long-term revenue plans for their states. It was a lot of sturm und drang to get here, but the battle is over for these...
Louisiana Voters Approve Tax & Transportation Amendments

Louisiana voters approved three constitutional amendments over the weekend on property taxes and transportation projects. Overall, the Louisiana Constitution has now been amended 189 times since 1974. As expected, the turnout was very low, despite primary races for...

September Tax Policy Retrospective: Back to School, Back to Budget Special Session
While most states are preparing for next year by discussing their spending priorities and mapping out their fiscal reform agenda, some are still struggling to finish up this year's work. This month we're looking at the ongoing troubles of Connecticut, Oklahoma, and...
South Dakota v Wayfair: Three Maps

We've written regularly (here, here, here, and here) regarding the explosion of state activity directed at enhancing the collection of state and local sales and use taxes. This week, South Dakota asked the United State Supreme Court (see a copy of the cert petition here)...

Sales and Use Tax Compliance Legislation was a Big State Tax Trend This Year
With most state legislatures having adjourned their 2017 sessions, now is a good time to review activity on sales and use tax (SUT) compliance legislation this year (see our May update here). Lawmakers in 31 states have introduced 80 sales and use tax compliance bills...
Illinois Passes a Budget, But it's No Time to Celebrate
Last Thursday the Illinois House voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner's (R) veto of its budget bill ( IL SB 9), ending the state's 736 day budget stalemate. While the vote takes the pressure off Illinois' fiscal difficulties for the moment, the state still faces...
June 2017 Tax Retrospective: The Government Shutdown Blues
To say that it has been a rocky budget year for states would be an understatement: revenues for this year have been lackluster overall and projections for the future aren't any brighter. States across the country struggled to meet their requirements to pass balance...
May 2017 Tax Retrospective: Budgets finished, budgets delayed (Part 2)
In our previous post, we discussed the state budget difficulties in Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico. In part two, we'll examine Kansas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
Kansas' fight over tax reform
Kansas Governor Brownback's (R) marquee 2013 tax cuts...
May 2017 Tax Retrospective: Budgets finished, budgets delayed (Part 1)
May was a busy month as several state legislatures struggled to finish budgets before the end of their sessions. Crafting a budget is a notoriously difficult process in which lawmakers weigh competing interests that jockey for scarce funds, the possible need for new...
Which States Are Currently Undertaking Studies of their Tax Codes?
Several times each year, we put together a list of the states that are (or were recently) engaged in a review or study of their tax code. While these bodies go by different names—sometimes they're referred to as a “tax study committee” or a “commission,” or even a “task...

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