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The Future After Wayfair
State legislatures have been working for years to find ways to keep their revenue streams current with the rise of e-commerce by pursuing a variety of mechanisms to expand the bounds of their taxing authority. But on June 21, the United States Supreme Court blew the...
Teacher Strikes: Making Fiscal Impossibilities Politically Possible

Education activists have descended on state capitals across the country to pressure lawmakers into appropriating more money for schools and teacher raises. Constituent groups trying to influence budget negotiations is nothing new, but these advocates have been singularly...

A Brief History of the Biggest State Tax Case in a Generation
Over the past few years, the MultiState Insider has written extensively about the proliferation of state activity to enhance the collection of state and local sales and use taxes (see here, here, here, here, and here). Hanging over all of these discussions, however, was...
Carbon Tax Bills Proliferate in 2018 as States Seek Best Practices

Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) made headlines earlier this year when he announced that passing a carbon tax would be one of his key policy goals for the year. Left-leaning think tanks and policymakers have been talking for years about levying some kind of tax on...

January Tax Retrospective: Congress Acts, States React
In a typical year, establishing conformity with the federal tax code is a fairly mundane task for state lawmakers. Since state income tax systems are generally based on the federal code, updating the connection to the Internal Revenue Code is usually uncontroversial. But...
MultiState's 2017 State Policy Review & 2018 Preview
This is an updated compilation of six separate posts the MultiState team has published over the past month reviewing the top state issues of 2017 and previewing what's ahead in 2018.

Budgets

At the start of 2017, MultiState found that 31 states were facing budget...
2017 State Policy Review: Taxation 

State lawmakers across the country spent 2017 debating whether major tax policy changes were necessary to keep up with their state's growing demands. Whether it was reconceptualizing business taxes, broadening the sales tax base, or levying taxes on more internet sales,...

Twenty-Five States Face Revenue Shortfalls in 2018

Twenty-five states are currently facing a revenue shortfall, which is a marked improvement over our report from last year, when 31 states were in deficit. New additions to this year's list include Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Colorado,...

2017 Interim Report on State Taxation

Tax reform is the talk of Washington, D.C., as congressional leaders race to pass a bill before the end of the year. Whether or not they are successful could have serious downstream consequences for state efforts to adjust their tax codes. Although it's too soon to tell...

2017 Interim Report on State Budgets

It's nearly Christmas, but Oklahoma still hasn't passed a budget deal. Utah has already introduced an omnibus tax bill for consideration when the legislature returns in January with significant policy implications. A new lawsuit in Pennsylvania is threatening to blow a...

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