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The Fiscal Link March 2014

The Fiscal Link

 

NCSL and NALFO Updates

Free Webinar

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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President Obama's Budget

NCSL published a summary of President Obama’s proposed FY 2015 budget. 

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Pensions Fact Sheet

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.

View the factsheet

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. 

Read the Legisbrief

STate news and reports

Colorado

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. 

 Read the Issue Brief

Connecticut

The Office of Fiscal Analysis published a Capital Budget Report, which provides an overview of the state’s capital budget.

Read the report

Maryland

The Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis, issued a report on the role of transfer students in meeting college completion. 

Read the report

Massachusetts

The Tax Fairness Commission released a report analyzing the equity of several Massachusetts tax laws. The report includes recommendations to increase fairness. 

Read the report

Minnesota

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. 

Read the simulation report

Read the additional report

New Mexico

An issue of the Legislative Finance Committee’s monthly newsletter examines proposed legislative changes to education funding and judicial retirement funding. 

Read the newsletter

Utah

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. 

View the recommendations

Federal news and reports

Government Accountability Office

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. 

Read the study

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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.

View the survey results

U.S. Census Bureau

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.

Read the press release

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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. 

Read the newsletter

Congressional Budget Office

The Congressional Budget Office released a report studying the effect of a federal minimum wage increase on employment and family income.

Read the report 

Other Items of interest

State Tax Collections

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.

Read the report

Higher Education

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. 

Read the report

Affordable Housing

The Bipartisan Policy Center published a blog post examining housing credits for affordable housing developers. 

Read blog post

State Tax Rates

The Federation of Tax Administrators updated its state tax rate summary tables through January 2014. 

View the table

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