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Please Mr. Postman: Are Americans Subsidizing Foreign Shipments?

Just off the holiday season, you’ve  probably been a beneficiary of insanely cheap shipping. Perhaps you ordered an item that arrived with foreign postmarks. If so, you likely paid shipping rates far lower than you would ever see at your local post office.

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Supreme Court to Decide Sales Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether states may require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax. 

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What's Going On With Health Insurance Right Now?

When considering the future state of health insurance, Representative George Keiser (R-N.D.) says he's never wanted a crystal ball more than right now. "But I'm not sure it would help," said Keiser, during an NCSL Capitol Forum session considering "What is Happening With Health Insurance Now?"

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Patrick Goldsmith: Legislative Fiscal Staff Making a Difference

It’s easy to forget how important our work is for our members and the residents of our states. We get so caught up in the details of our work and our busy schedules that we take our jobs for granted and don’t even see the true impact of our work. 

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How the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices Came to Be

The National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices was officially formed in 1976, but legislative fiscal officers were sharing information and networking long before then.

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Connecticut Gets a Budget, Lawmakers Get a Honeymoon

As October came to a close, Connecticut tied up loose fiscal ends. After 123 days without a FY 2018 budget, Connecticut became the final state to reach a budget agreement.

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South Dakota Asks Supreme Court to Accept Sales Tax Case

South Dakota has filed a petition in South Dakota v. Wayfair asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to its law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax.

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And Then There Was Only One

On Thursday, Connecticut became the sole state without an enacted FY 2018 budget. 

 

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Should Services Be Taxed Like Physical Goods?

States should be looking at ways of expanding their sales tax long term as the nation moves to a more service economy, Scott Drenkard of the Tax Foundation, told a Legislative Summit session on "Is Taxation of Services Inevitable?"

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Some States Work Overtime to Pass FY2018 Budgets

As the clock ticked towards midnight on Friday, June 30, several state legislatures were scrambling to reach a final budget agreement for the new fiscal year.

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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.