The Fiscal Link


NCSL and NALFO Updates

Legislative Summit

Registration is now open for NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Aug. 19-22. Visit the 2014 Legislative Summit page for full meeting details, registration and hotel information. Click here to see NALFO’s meeting agenda.

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View the NALFO agenda

Fiscal Analysts Seminar

The 2014 Fiscal Analysts Seminar will take place in Seattle, Oct. 20-22. View the latest information on the meeting. This year’s meeting will consist of program tracks on Revenue Forecasting and Tax Policy, Transportation, Corrections, and Health Care in addition to plenary discussions aimed at developing and honing fiscal and analytical skills.

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Public-Private Partnerships

A recent NCSL Legisbrief explores the growing use of transportation public-private partnerships.

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State Budget Update

NCSL’s State Budget Update: Spring 2014 report is now available. 

View the SBU report

State Tax Change Proposals

View NCSL’s summary of 2014 state tax change proposals. Twenty-three states reported significant tax changes were being considered during 2014 legislative sessions. 

Read the summary

Film Tax Incentives

NCSL updated a report detailing film tax incentive programs in the 50 states. 

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STate news and reports


The Office of Fiscal Analysis published a report estimating major state aid to municipalities in the revised FY 2015 state budget. 

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New Mexico

The Legislative Finance Committee released its 2014 post-session review, which discusses budget changes and spending priorities in the FY 2015 budget. 

Read the review

North Carolina

A memo from the Fiscal Research Division found that a film industry study incorrectly concluded that the state’s film incentives create positive returns. 

Read the memo


The Legislative Revenue Office published a summary of revenue measures passed during the 2014 legislative session. 

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The Legislative Fiscal Bureau published a memo outlining tax law changes in the state since January 2011. 

Read the memo

Federal news and reports

New England Public Policy Center

The New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston published a new report examining the role of economic, fiscal and financial shocks in public pension funding. 

Read the report

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Liberty Street Economics blog explored young student borrowers’ participation in the 2013 housing and auto markets. 

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Congressional Budget Office

The Congressional Budget Office released a letter analyzing the amount of federal funding commitments that could be made from the Federal Highway Trust Fund.

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U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau published an infographic of the American economy and employment. Health care is now the nation’s leading sector in employment. 

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Governmnet Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office published a review of the Department of Energy (DOE) loan programs, finding that the DOE does not have consistent policies in place to evaluate effectiveness. 

Read the review

Other Items of interest

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence issued their 13th study of effective property tax rates.

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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education published a report examining state financial aid policies and how they can help promote access to higher education and improve student success.

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Bipartisan Policy Center

The Bipartisan Policy Center blogged about several proposals in Congress to replace the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center published research examining student debt and the U.S. economy. 

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Rockefeller Institute of Government

The Rockefeller Institute of Government published a data alert with preliminary tax collection information for the first quarter of 2014. 

View the data