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CBO Finds FY 2019 Sequestration Cuts Unnecessary, But Uncertainty Remains for FY 2020

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last week finding that across-the-board (ATB) sequestration measures set forth in the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 would not be required because fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations do not exceed statutory caps on discretionary funding.

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SCOTUS: States Can't Discriminate Against Federal Retirees

In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court held in Dawson v. Steager that West Virginia violated a federal statute by taxing all the retirement benefits of former federal law enforcement employees but not certain state law enforcement employees. 

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South Dakota v. Wayfair: Decision Guides State Legislative Efforts

In 2018, the buzzwords in most state tax conversations were "remote sales taxation."

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Massachusetts Passes First State Short-Term Rental Registry

Although some bills have been introduced in states that would have created a widespread, state-level registration requirement, none had been enacted. Cities were the only entities taking this action prior to Massachusetts’ new law.  

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2018 State Tax Actions Report Highlights

Overall, net revenue changes were minimal, and the largest tax change was a net increase in sales and use taxes of $847.1 million. All tax categories saw tax increases, except for personal income taxes and health-care-related taxes. Alcoholic beverage taxes experienced no changes.

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Mac Taylor, California Legislative Analyst, Retires After 40 Years

Mac Taylor must like round numbers. At the end of December, the longtime California legislative analyst will be calling it a career after 40 years working for the California Legislature.

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2018 Financial Literacy Year-End Update

Making smart money choices has a tremendous impact on the long-term self-sufficiency of families. Financial literacy policies are a bipartisan strategy that strengthen a person’s knowledge of diverse financial concepts, ranging from budgeting and home ownership to starting a business and investing for retirement.

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Saving It For a Rainy Day

Although Kenny Chesney’s song doesn’t reference it, there’s another item people save for rainy days. Specifically, states save money during prosperous economic times to soften the blow of downturns and budget shortfalls.

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The Siren Call of Tax Reform

During the 2018 legislative sessions, states such as Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri enacted significant tax reform measures, while other states, like Arkansas, engaged in discussions on making potentially significant changes to their revenue systems.

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A Glimpse into State Nonprofit Action

Nonprofits are increasingly becoming a part of the public sector’s conversations and overall state workforces. But just how many jobs are there and what are the trends in state legislation on the topic?

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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.