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State Elections 2020: Gambling Ballot Measures

No surprise that 2020 has left many feeling down on their luck.

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State Legislatures Magazine: 'Are High Unemployment Rates Here for the Long Term?'

As the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic surged to levels unseen since the Great Recession, economists and state policymakers are contemplating if high unemployment rates will hobble the U.S. economy for an extended period.

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NCSL’s ‘Relief and Revenue’ Series Highlights Need for Flexible Relief Funding

Congress allocated $150 billion to states, territories, local governments and tribes with the passage of the CARES Act but restrictions on the money has hamstrung some state efforts. Negotiations on the next round of stimulus are underway in Washington and both direct aid to states and greater flexibility in how states can spend the aid are key and contentious issues.

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As COVID-19 has brought millions of Americans closer to the financial brink, new federal rules relax restrictions on tapping retirement savings to cover emergency expenses. Policymakers hope these retirement cash infusions will help households avoid defaults, evictions and bankruptcies.

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From Budget Health to Code Red: Fiscal Year 2020 is a Wrap

Happy new fiscal year! Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 ended on Tuesday for most states, closing the books on a difficult year of budgeting and kicking off what portends to be another.

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Analyzing the Potential State-Level Impacts of Another Federal Tax Filing Extension

When the coronavirus pandemic began wreaking havoc on the American economy, the U.S. Treasury extended the filing and payment deadlines for income taxes by three months, from April 15 to July 15. 

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In Retrospect, Speedy Implementation of Wayfair Decision Was Crucial

The two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s momentous (in the state tax policy world) South Dakota v. Wayfair decision came and went over the weekend.

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Amplifying NCSL’s already vociferous efforts to secure additional direct and flexible funding for states, NCSL hosted its first virtual briefing for Senate congressional staff as senators consider the next phase of federal response.

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Now that the funds have been deposited in state coffers and with fiscal year 2020 coming to a close for most states, lawmakers are grappling with how they can spend the money

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Phases of Federal Financial Response to Coronavirus for States

The federal government has enacted several major response measures to help states mitigate the public health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.