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2018 Election Review: Tax Ballot Measures

Ballot measures are one of the easiest ways for the electorate to have a direct say in policy, and there was no shortage of opportunities for voters to weigh in on tax policy in the states this year. With more than 30 tax-related ballot measures in 18 states, several...

2018 State Ballot Measures Preview: Tax

Update: Since the original publication of this article, the Hawaii Supreme Court struck down the Surcharge on Investment Properties to Fund Public Education Amendment. 

Voters in 19 states will weigh in on a variety of tax policy ballot measures next month. Of the 157...

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...

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