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    • Stateline Story
    April 16, 2001
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    Four years ago, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen not only broke New Hampshire's glass ceiling to become the state's first woman governor, she was the first Democrat elected in 16 years. Now she's trying to break another glass ceiling -- New Hampshire's taboo against broad-based general income and sales taxes.Shaheen is backing a 2.5 percent sales tax to pay for an estimated $225 million shortfall in the upcoming two-year budget. She would use sales tax proceeds to restructure the tax system by repealing New Hampshire's 18 percent inheritance tax and reduce several other taxes. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 10, 2001
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    When Democratic Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack proposed using $120 million -- roughly half -- of the state's "Economic Emergency Fund" to help balance the budget, his opponents wanted to know: What's the emergency? Iowa's situation is one of several emerging cases in which states are turning to their savings accounts to balance their budgets. Decade-long tax cuts and rising Medicaid costs have caught up with state legislatures, as many now are tapping -- or considering using -- their "rainy day" funds to close the gap between outlays and slumping revenues. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 9, 2001
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    Neither President Bush's or Congress budget blueprint includes a dime for election reform initiatives. Senators nixed an 11th hour, Democrat-backed spending plan that would have allotted $500 million for national election reform efforts, moments before a deadline to vote on the fiscal 2002 budget resolution. The House resolution also omitted any reference to election reform. Though non-binding, budget resolutions serve as the basis for the work of Capitol Hill appropriators. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 5, 2001
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    Most states are feeling a budget pinch, now that the economy is cooling off. But few states face Ohio's "double whammy." At the same time that budget specialists have realized tax revenues over the next two years may come in $800 million below projections, Ohio is under pressure from the state Supreme Court to pump a lot more state dollars into schools. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 29, 2001
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    For nearly a decade, state legislators had an easy job deciding how to spend because they were riding a wave of unprecedented surpluses. But this year, coming up with a budget could be turbulent because many states must cut expenses. Despite a sagging economy, most states are required by constitution or statute to balance their budget. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 20, 2001
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    States had a prosperous year overall in 2000 with record surpluses and tax revenue growth. But there were signs of weakening economies in many states as the year drew to a close, and a new report suggests a major slowdown in tax collections could just be the tip of the iceberg. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 7, 2001
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    The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) last month suddenly revised a mostly optimistic report on the fiscal condition of all 50 states after it recognized that tax receipts for November and December showed fewer states were on track to meet budget expectations. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 23, 2001
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    Faced with an irony in current law that entitles low-income women to be screened but not treated for breast and cervical cancer, Congress agreed last year to let states expand Medicaid to cover these women. But fiscal constraints threaten to keep many states from moving ahead on the issue. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 13, 2001
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    Millions of Ohioans have long neglected to pay sales taxes on mail-order goods, and the state government has let them get away with it. But this year is different. As Ohioans hunch over state income forms with an April 15th deadline, they're noticing a new line -- one that asks how much they spent on untaxed Internet and mail catalogue purchases last year and tells them to pay the five percent state sales tax on the total. Ohio is just the latest of 16 states trying to collect what they consider "lost" tax revenue. Experts estimate that states are missing out on at least $5 billion in sales tax money every year, because out-of-state Internet retailers rarely charge sales taxes. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 18, 2001
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    Signs of a slowing U.S. economy are cropping up in more and more states. Among the latest to feel the pinch are Maine, Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia and Mississippi. more

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