Tax and Budget

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that CSG recommends that Congress reject any proposal that would convert the current voluntary compliance tax system into a Government-provided bill presentment tax system, where the tax collector would expand its role into routinely preparing  the tax returns of millions of lower and middle income citizens

On May 21, 2010, Paul Priest, Assistant Director, Texas Legislative Budget Board, gave a presentation as part of the CSG Economic Summit on the States' panel: "Closing the Gap: Options for Deficit Mitigation."

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 #46, May 11, 2010

While some economists believe the national economy began its recovery last year, it will likely take years for states to see any respite from the economic storm wreaking havoc on revenues and fiscal stability. In the meantime, states have to figure out how to balance their budgets using controversial tax increases and program cuts—leading to intergovernmental disagreements, legal challenges and special sessions.

South Carolina’s move to green has been mainly for economic development. The state doesn’t produce any coal, natural gas or oil and must import those resources.

State eNews Issue #45, April 29, 2010

When Congress included $4.73 billion for weatherization projects across the country, many in the states believed that was the ultimate “shovel-ready” project because a federal weatherization program with a funnel to states already existed.

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...

State eNews Issue #42 | March 17, 2010
 

Communication and cooperation among federal agencies and states are essential to the success of a national broadband plan, which the Federal Communications Commission released March 16.

That was the message Irene Flannery of the FCC and Cynthia Schulz of the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration delivered at the National Association of State...

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