This month’s issue looks at the midterm legislative races and statewide ballot measures, the role of primaries, the value of art in school, perspective from two of the nation's top pollsters and much more.
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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Register today for a July 17 free webinar “Understanding Fiscal Notes.” Two legislative fiscal office directors will explore important questions for staff preparing or reviewing fiscal notes and those who want to better understand the process.
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A recent NCSL Legisbrief explores online casino gambling in the U.S. states and territories.
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The Joint Legislative Budget Committee examined state funding for child safety and reports of child maltreatment in the state.
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The Legislative Analyst’s Office published an overview of proposed long-term plans for cap-and-trade expenditures.
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The Legislative Council released an issue brief on mechanisms used to refund revenue over the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) limit.
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The Office of Economic and Demographic Research conducted a five-year analysis of the state’s gross domestic product.
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The Department of Legislative Services issued a report summarizing legislative activity from 2011 to 2014, including significant legislation that both passed and failed.
The Legislative Budget Board has produced a series of interactive graphics that provide a visual display of Texas data and trends.
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The Congressional Budget Office published a presentation that explores the coverage effects of limiting the federal tax exclusion for employment-based health insurance.
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The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s most recent FedViews provides an overview of the U.S. economic outlook.
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In honor of Flag Day on June 14, the U.S. Census Bureau created an infographic showing the value of U.S. flag imports and exports.
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The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a forum in April with the Civic Federation to examine how municipalities are responding to fiscal stress in the wake of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. The findings of the forum are published in the most recent Chicago Fed Letter.
The National Association of State Budget Officers published a report examining capital budgeting practices in the states.
The Brookings Institution’s blog UpFront provided an overview of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s press conference on June 18.
A report from The Rockefeller Institute of Government explores state government involvement in the internationalization of U.S. higher education.
The National Consumer Law Center published a report to highlight 10 steps state policy makers can take to strengthen oversight of for-profit schools.
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