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Three States Struggle to Complete FY 2020 Budgets

Typically, fall means back-to-school sales and pumpkin spice lattes, but this year in a handful of states, it also means budget impasses.

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Sports Betting: States Are Doubling Down

A year ago, at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Los Angeles, a session on sports betting focused on how quickly states would begin to authorize the activity in their states in the wake of the May 2018 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The court declared it unconstitutional and opened the door to state-authorized sports betting.

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Pew Finds States Are Still Emerging from the Shadows of the Great Recession

The United States is on track for its longest economic expansion in history, spanning 122 months if growth continues through August 2019.

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Smooth Sailing for State Budgets

Fiscal year 2019 comes to a close for most states on June 30, and a majority of states already have their spending plan for fiscal year 2020 in place.

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Webinar Thursday: “Opportunity Zones: State Strategies to Support Investments”

Opportunity Zones are a new federal tax credit established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to stimulate private investment in distressed communities across the United States. The program offers three incentives for investing in low-income communities.

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‘Chickadee Checkoff’: A Look at State Checkoffs this Tax Day

Taxpayers across the country are either celebrating today or scrambling to finish their filings. Some additional checkoff boxes may have caught the eyes of taxpayers as they whizzed through this tax season.

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CBO Finds FY 2019 Sequestration Cuts Unnecessary, But Uncertainty Remains for FY 2020

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last week finding that across-the-board (ATB) sequestration measures set forth in the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 would not be required because fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations do not exceed statutory caps on discretionary funding.

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SCOTUS: States Can't Discriminate Against Federal Retirees

In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court held in Dawson v. Steager that West Virginia violated a federal statute by taxing all the retirement benefits of former federal law enforcement employees but not certain state law enforcement employees. 

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South Dakota v. Wayfair: Decision Guides State Legislative Efforts

In 2018, the buzzwords in most state tax conversations were "remote sales taxation."

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Massachusetts Passes First State Short-Term Rental Registry

Although some bills have been introduced in states that would have created a widespread, state-level registration requirement, none had been enacted. Cities were the only entities taking this action prior to Massachusetts’ new law.  

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.