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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The 2014 Fiscal Analysts Seminar will take place in Seattle, Oct. 20-22. View the latest information on the meeting.
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Stephen Klein, chief fiscal officer for the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office attended the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Committee (GASAC) meeting as NCSL’s representative. Read Steve’s meeting notes here.
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The application deadline for the Legislative Staff Management Institution (LSMI) is May 2, 2014. LSMI) provides legislative staff with the opportunity to develop and enhance their management and leadership skills.
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NCSL maintains a list of state legislation introduced or pending during the 2014 legislative session relating to financial literacy or financial education.
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NCSL published a summary of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget recommendations.
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The Legislative Analyst’s Office published a report recommending a restructuring of the state’s Child Care and Development System.
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The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability published a report on the condition of the state retirement systems.
The Senate Fiscal Agency published a memo outlining the governor’s proposed increases to revenue sharing. It also discusses the different types of revenue sharing programs available in the state.
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The Legislative Budget Board posted a presentation delivered by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The presentation provides recommendations for the state’s criminal justice system.
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The Joint Fiscal Office released a report from a third party commissioned by the Legislature to examine an increase in Vermont’s minimum wage. The report contains comparisons with other states and within job sectors.
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The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia released its state coincident indexes for March 2014. The coincident index is a combination of four state-level indicators to summarize current economic conditions in a single statistic.
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The U.S. Census Bureau issued its 2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections, which contains state tax collections data for FY 2013.
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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a review of CBO’s activities in 2013 under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. The CBO also updated its budget projections between 2014 and 2024.
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The Federation of Tax Administrators published Excel tables of 2013 revenues per capita and state tax revenue by source using Census Bureau data.
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The Government Accountability Office conducted a limited study of unenrolled preparers of tax returns in 2014 and found significant errors in prepared tax returns
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The VERA Institute of Justice published a series of white papers discussing the challenges and opportunities of using cost benefit analysis in criminal justice systems.
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The Rockefeller Institute of Government released its first in series of state briefs on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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The U.S. PIRG Education Fund published its fifth annual evaluation of state government transparency websites. The report compares the 50 states and finds that states are making progress at ensuring that spending data is made available to the public.
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