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It Just Got Harder for Illinois To Pass a Budget

Until June 1, Illinois only required a simple majority in each chamber to pass a budget. Since lawmakers failed to meet that June 1 deadline again this year, a three-fifths majority vote in each chamber is now required to pass the budget.

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Virginia to Begin Monitoring Local Fiscal Distress

The historical city of Petersburg, Va., best known for its siege during the Civil War, was identified for an entirely different reason when its fiscal nightmare came to light last year.

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‘Chickadee Checkoff’: A Closer Look at State Checkoff Contributions

While filling the seemingly ceaseless boxes on the state tax form, taxpayers might have noticed the option to check a box and donate part of their refund or make a separate contribution to a charitable cause.

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One Step Closer to the Supreme Court Ruling on Quill

A state trial court judge in South Dakota has ruled that a South Dakota law requiring remote sellers to collect sales tax is unconstitutional. This ruling was expected for precisely the reason the judge stated—a lower court must follow Supreme Court precedent. 

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New Report Estimates 'Hidden' Costs of Higher Education Spending

States collectively spent $77.7 billion total in higher education in academic year 2014. This is slightly more than the federal government’s own $75 billion in higher education spending, which includes $30.4 billion provided by the Pell Grant program.

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Getting the Word Out About the Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC—a refundable tax credit—is available to folks who have an income, meet certain income limits set by the Internal Revenue Service and file a tax return.

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GASB 77 Breakdown: What Those New Numbers Display

A significant new financial reporting requirement has been flying beneath the radar since it was first announced in 2015, but it will begin making a widespread appearance in state and local financial reports.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Colorado Internet Sales Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case involving whether a Colorado law, which requires remote sellers to inform Colorado purchasers annually of their purchases and send the same information to the Colorado Department of Revenue, is unconstitutional.

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What States Can Do for Retirement Readiness

Estimates are that more than a third of the American workforce lacks access to a pension system from their employer and many businesses, especially smaller ones, can't afford to underwrite one for their employees, who may have to depend on Social Security for much of their retirement income.

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Ohio Supreme Court Won't Extend 'Quill' to Business-Privelege Tax

In Crutchfield v. Testa the Ohio Supreme Court held that Ohio’s commercial activity tax applies to online vendors even if they lack a physical presence in the state.

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