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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...

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...

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