Revenue

On May 21, 2010, Scott Pattinson, Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Officers, gave a presentation as part of the CSG Economic Summit on the States' panel: "Closing the Gap: Options for Deficit Mitigation."

State eNews Issue #44 | April 15, 2010
 

State revenues are down while the demand for services is up—leaving states in a very precarious position as they tackle their 2011 fiscal year budgets. The upcoming fiscal year will be “the most difficult to date,” according to a survey by the National Governors Association.

A vital tool for policymakers across the region, Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) offer a snapshot of conditions on a number of issues. Published annually, the CDRs track a multitude of revenue sources, appropriations levels, and performance measures in Southern states, and provide a useful tool to state government officials and staff. CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, comparative revenues and revenue forecasts, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

State eNews Issue #43 | March 31, 2010

States want tax delinquents—whether businesses or residents—to get right with their departments of revenue. States are getting serious about collecting millions in back taxes because, now more than ever, they are desperate for cash.

“Obviously this is related to the cash crunch going on and states are desperate for this revenue,” said Sujit CanagaRetna, senior fiscal analyst with The Council of State...

Study highlights striking differences in condition of state retirement systems.

Indiana tax relief measure will be on ballot; Wisconsin and Iowa have proposals of their own

The return of income-tax season has states making what has now become a standard pitch to taxpayers: File your returns electronically.

For decades, the consumption of services has been making up a higher and higher percentage of  state economic activity. Yet many states' sales tax bases fail to capture the service-based economy.

State eNews Issue #38 | January 20, 2010
 

In the midst of California’s budget troubles, its only remaining A-level credit rating from a major firm was just downgraded to an A-minus, according to The Los Angeles Times.

This edition of Firstline Midwest is Part 2 of a two-part series on state responses in the Midwest to the budget crisis. Part 1 focuses on the revenue side, particularly proposals in 2009 to close budget gaps through tax increases or gambling expansions. Part 2 examines short- and long-term strategies to control spending.

Prior to the last two fiscal years, state budgets were being passed and balanced with fairly robust increases in state spending: on average, about 6 percent annually between 1979 and 2008....

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