Read about the outlook for state fiscal conditions, the effect of the drop in gas prices on states, the ethics of gifts, the debate over motorcycle helmets and state efforts to support home caregivers.Read a rundown on the top public policy issues facing state lawmakers in 2015, state-private sector partnerships for infrastructure, e-cigarettes and taxes and dealing with cuts to mental health programs.
The Fiscal Link provides a monthly look at news and reports from NCSL, state legislative fiscal offices, the Federal Government and other independent groups.
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Registration is now open for NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Aug. 19-22. Visit the 2014 Legislative Summit page for full meeting details, registration and hotel information. Click here to see NALFO’s meeting agenda.
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The 2014 Fiscal Analysts Seminar will take place in Seattle, Oct. 20-22. View the latest information on the meeting. This year’s meeting will consist of program tracks on Revenue Forecasting and Tax Policy, Transportation, Corrections, and Health Care in addition to plenary discussions aimed at developing and honing fiscal and analytical skills.
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A recent NCSL Legisbrief explores the growing use of transportation public-private partnerships.
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NCSL’s State Budget Update: Spring 2014 report is now available.
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View NCSL’s summary of 2014 state tax change proposals. Twenty-three states reported significant tax changes were being considered during 2014 legislative sessions.
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NCSL updated a report detailing film tax incentive programs in the 50 states.
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The Office of Fiscal Analysis published a report estimating major state aid to municipalities in the revised FY 2015 state budget.
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The Legislative Finance Committee released its 2014 post-session review, which discusses budget changes and spending priorities in the FY 2015 budget.
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A memo from the Fiscal Research Division found that a film industry study incorrectly concluded that the state’s film incentives create positive returns.
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The Legislative Revenue Office published a summary of revenue measures passed during the 2014 legislative session.
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The Legislative Fiscal Bureau published a memo outlining tax law changes in the state since January 2011.
The New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston published a new report examining the role of economic, fiscal and financial shocks in public pension funding.
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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Liberty Street Economics blog explored young student borrowers’ participation in the 2013 housing and auto markets.
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The Congressional Budget Office released a letter analyzing the amount of federal funding commitments that could be made from the Federal Highway Trust Fund.
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The U.S. Census Bureau published an infographic of the American economy and employment. Health care is now the nation’s leading sector in employment.
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The Government Accountability Office published a review of the Department of Energy (DOE) loan programs, finding that the DOE does not have consistent policies in place to evaluate effectiveness.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence issued their 13th study of effective property tax rates.
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The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education published a report examining state financial aid policies and how they can help promote access to higher education and improve student success.
The Bipartisan Policy Center blogged about several proposals in Congress to replace the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The Pew Research Center published research examining student debt and the U.S. economy.
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The Rockefeller Institute of Government published a data alert with preliminary tax collection information for the first quarter of 2014.
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