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.
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NCSL’s Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee is hosting a free webinar on April 25 titled “Making Readers Care About Your Writing.” This webinar is designed to help legislative staff connect with their legislative audience.
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NCSL published a summary of President Obama’s proposed FY 2015 budget.
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In partnership with other state and local organizations, NCSL published a 2014 Fact Sheet on state and municipal bankruptcy, municipal bonds, and state and local pensions.
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Third Party Lawsuit Financing
NCSL recently issued a Legisbrief on state policy toward third party lawsuit financing, which can provide plaintiffs with funds during civil court proceedings.
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The Legislative Council produced an Issue Brief examining the state’s Innovative Motor Vehicle Income Tax Credit. The brief provides an overview of credit qualifications and credit amounts.
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The Office of Fiscal Analysis published a Capital Budget Report, which provides an overview of the state’s capital budget.
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The Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis, issued a report on the role of transfer students in meeting college completion.
The Tax Fairness Commission released a report analyzing the equity of several Massachusetts tax laws. The report includes recommendations to increase fairness.
The House Research Division published a “simulation report” that examines property taxes in 2013 and 2014. The division produced a second version of the simulation that includes the effects of the homestead credit refund.
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An issue of the Legislative Finance Committee’s monthly newsletter examines proposed legislative changes to education funding and judicial retirement funding.
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The Legislative Analyst’s Office reviewed the state’s off-budget funds and operations and made several recommendations to the Executive Appropriations Committee, including closing some funds and moving others into the appropriations process.
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The Government Accountability Office published a study that finds changes in workplace participation and marriage in the United States may increase the economic vulnerability of some retirees.
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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released the findings of its Fall 2013 Small Business Credit Survey, which surveys small businesses in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania on their credit experiences.
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The U.S. Census Bureau issued a press release relating to federal, state and local government employment. The Census Bureau data show employment at every level of government declined between 2011 and 2012.
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The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Fed Letter newsletter examines how individuals and corporations acted to minimize their tax burden after the 2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act.
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The Congressional Budget Office released a report studying the effect of a federal minimum wage increase on employment and family income.
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The Rockefeller Institute of Government reports that preliminary state tax collection data for the October-December quarter of 2013 show that personal income tax growth slowed to 1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in the third quarter, and down from an average of 15.9 percent in the three quarters before that.
The University of Pennsylvania Institute for Research on Higher Education published a report that examines higher education policies and performance in five states. The report makes recommendations to assist state policymakers in improving higher education attainment.
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The Bipartisan Policy Center published a blog post examining housing credits for affordable housing developers.
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The Federation of Tax Administrators updated its state tax rate summary tables through January 2014.
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