CSG Regions

An Internal Revenue Service announcement last week that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages throughout the country could complicate tax filings for those couples. But it allows them to claim federal exemptions, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes such marriages or one of the 35 states that do not.

After the U.S. Supreme Court justices ruled on same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action at the end of June, attorneys and court-watchers are anxiously awaiting their return in October.

When Congress returns from its summer holiday, it will have just nine legislative days to stave off the next fiscal crisis. This next chapter in the cliff-driven saga that has roiled Washington since the passage of the Budget Control Act two years ago, however, likely will put state revenue systems squarely in the crosshairs of Congress.

With the clock ticking toward the 2014 deadline for all schools to meet mandated targets of the No Child Left Behind Act that are now viewed as unattainable, the House of Representatives voted last week to pass an overhaul of the act along strictly partisan lines.

While Congress remains deadlocked over both the fate of the federal budget and the best approach for kickstarting America’s still moribund economy, at least one federal program, conducted in partnership with the states, is achieving its intended result.