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    • Stateline Story
    August 2, 2001
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    The slowing national economy has many states facing budget deficits and shrinking account balances for the first time since the early 1990's, according to a report released this week by the National Conference of State Legislatures. NCSL surveyed the 46 states that have passed budgets for fiscal year 2002 -- which began July 1 for all but four states -- and found that 20 states took "extraordinary actions" to pass balanced ones. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 27, 2001
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    On average, a U.S. citizen turned over $1,921 in total taxes to state government last year. Nationally, state taxes totaled nearly 7 percent of Americans' personal income in 2000, according to Census data released Friday. The biggest state tax burdens were in Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Delaware, and Minnesota, when state taxes are figured in proportion to personal income. Hawaii ranked No. 1 because education, a governmental service covered by local government in other states, is a state service. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 26, 2001
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    When Congress approved President Bush's income tax rebate plan, lawmakers in nine states were faced with the prospect of being cast as the grinch who stole Christmas. That's because laws in their states would have taken a bite out of the federal refund to taxpayers. But the lawmakers quickly realized that the political headache caused by the rebates also presented political opportunities. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 25, 2001
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    When Hawaiians say "haku," they mean employer, but for a large percentage of them, the word means state government. Hawaii, where nearly one of every 20 citizens draws a state paycheck, ranked first among the states in payroll size based on population during 2000, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Other states with a high percentage of full- and part-time state workers included , in descending order, Alaska, Delaware, North Dakota and New Mexico. States with fewer state workers per capita were Nevada, Illinois, California and Florida. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 12, 2001
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    Improving schools had top priority on a long list of lofty goals governors laid out in their State-of-the-State speeches in January and February. But when revenues began to fall off, many governors found that their talk of big agendas was cheap compared to the cost of balancing the budget. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 7, 2001
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    At a time when the slowing national economy is already threatening the states' financial health, the package of tax cuts passed by Congress figures to compound their fiscal woes. Billed by the Bush administration as tax relief for all people, the tax cuts will drain billions of dollars from state coffers as the states' share of the estate tax is phased-out and income taxes are lowered, experts say. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 31, 2001
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    As the slowing economy continues to crimp tax revenue, Michigan lawmakers are grappling with belt-tightening decisions that few expected to make just six months ago. They are hopeful that the state will avoid drastic cuts, but the process so far hasnt been easy. And while the Legislature makes progress on budget cuts, it may take an executive order from Republican Gov. John Engler to bring swift action. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 11, 2001
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    In the 3 years since the state Supreme Court ordered the state to find a fairer way to fund schools, New Hampshire's anti-tax tradition has risen up to thwart every attempt to use a personal income or general sales tax to restructure the state's old property tax system. Instead, the state is relying for more than half its funding on a temporary statewide property tax that survived a court challenge with a warning from a sharply divided court to fix the tax -- and soon. The governor and the legislature remain divided on a permanent fix. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 25, 2001
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    As Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull and Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening prepared to host a governors policy workshop on statewide anti-sprawl strategies in Phoenix at the end of last week, a new poll indicated a majority of voters may oppose greater state involvement in growth management decisions. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 24, 2001
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    Are marshmallows food or candy? Although the average grocery shopper probably never gave it a thought and could care less, how state governments end up defining marshmallows and a host of other everyday items could have a sweeping effect on consumers and retailers. Thirty-two states are participating in an ambitious plan to simplify their sales tax codes and reach common agreement on what is taxable and what is not. To find out why, click on more

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