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Pay for Success in Social Programs: What's it Really About?

We all know the drill by now—budgets are tight and lawmakers must thoughtfully consider where to appropriate state funds. So how do we make sure we’re investing in the “right” programs and services?

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Ron Insana: Contrary to Reports, the Sky Is Not Falling

Speaking to the opening General Session of NCSL’s 2016 Legislative Summit on Monday, CNBC anchor and economic analyst Ron Insana offered an at-times dizzying review of the economic impact of Brexit, militarism and faltering GDP in China, Fed policy, the U.S. energy revolution and even the prospect of Americans living to 150 in the not-so-distant future.

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Happy New Fiscal Year!

The new fiscal year, FY 2017, has arrived for 46 states as of today, July 1.

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Alabama Sued Over Internet Sales Tax

An internet retailer has filed suit against Alabama claiming its new rule requiring that all retailers who sell more than $250,000 in goods annually must collect sales tax—regardless of whether the retailer has a physical presence in the state—is unconstitutional.

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The Clock is Ticking on Enacting a State Budget

If a state enters a new fiscal year without an enacted budget, it risks limiting its ability to respond dynamically to fiscal challenges.

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Internet Sales Tax Case Headed to Supreme Court?

Last March, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion stating that the “legal system should find an appropriate case for this court to re-examine Quill.”

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How Financially Literate Are You?

April is Financial Literacy Month.

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Tax History for Tax Day

Monday, April 18, marks the deadline for tax-paying Americans to realize one of life’s two certainties. (Ben Franklin wasn’t entirely accurate on this point; data suggests that people have more success avoiding one over the other.) 

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States Experience Lagging Gambling Revenues

A new report from the Rockefeller Institute shows that traditional forms of gambling are not doing much to boost state budgets.

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National Retirement Planning Week Aims at Averting Savings Crisis

This week is National Retirement Planning Week, a nationwide effort to help consumers concentrate on their retirement security and an opportunity for state policymakers to examine how they can help avert a retirement savings crisis.

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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.