A new CSG Capitol Facts and Figures examines state cigarette taxes.

Cigarette taxes are a means to raise state revenue in a down economy as well as to discourage the use of tobacco.  Studies have found that increasing the price of tobacco effectively reduces smoking rates and can potentially save billions of dollars in medical expenses and loss of productivity annually.  However, states have failed to use the increased tax revenues to expand tobacco prevention and control programs.

Fearing that Congress is not going to approve the enhanced Medicaid match extension incorporated into the state's FY 2011 budget, Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered a 4 percent cut to state agencies starting in August.

CSG has completed a survey of states' adopted FY 2011 budgets and whether they count on Congressional approval of extending the Medicaid enhanced match started under the 2009 stimulus.

Just days after the new fiscal year starts for most states, 23 states already face budget gaps unless Congress passes an extension of the enhanced Medicaid match started under the federal stimulus legislation.

CSG, along with NAST, NACO, NASACTNLC and USCM, has signed a letter calling for the Build America Bonds to be extended  Please read the letter below:



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The momentum on soda tax legislation has fizzled out.  Only Washington and Colorado were successful in passing soda tax legislation this year.   Efforts in Mississippi, New Mexico and New York were defeated by lobbying efforts by the beverage industry, according to Stateline.

Just this month, some states have been trying to fill budget gaps during very tense budget decision making – but do some of their methods come at the expense of nonprofits?  The National Council of Nonprofits and the Association of Fundraising Professionals seem to think so.

States continue to eye national economic signals warily as they recover from the extraordinary rigors of the Great Recession—the longest, deepest, broadest and most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. Given the up and down nature of the recovery, some have speculated the U.S. economy could face the possibility of a dreaded “double dip” recession, a recession that’s followed by a short recovery and then another recession.

As the U.S. moves toward a national broadband map, several states are undertaking mapping projects thanks to grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A national map will help states determine where broadband Internet actually exists and where it doesn’t, helping to expand access to areas that currently lack it.