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    • Stateline Story
    January 9, 2001
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    On top of their normal work load, lawmakers in nearly every state must redraw their Congressional and legislative districts this spring, making the upcoming statehouse sessions the busiest in recent memory. In 2001, legislatures will convene in every state, with all but six starting work this month. more

    • Stateline Story
    December 28, 2000
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    The party is over for state lawmakers. For several years, the booming economy made their jobs relatively easy, but now, that's changing. Ohio is a good example. For the past five years, the bustling economy brought in a bonanza of sales and income tax revenues. So much money flowed in, legislators were able to hand taxpayers $2 billion in income tax cuts and at the same time give Ohio schools billions of extra dollars. But that was then. more

    • Stateline Story
    November 13, 2000
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    Indications that the nation's economic strength is diminishing are beginning to appear on the state level. In Maine, where budget officials and lawmakers have grown accustomed to surplus revenues in the $300 million to $400 million range, only $44 million extra is projected for the state's next two-year budget cycle, officials disclosed this week. more

    • Stateline Story
    November 9, 2000
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    Holding to a traditional pattern, voters appear to have rejected just over half the citizen initiatives put to them Nov. 7, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Voters in 42 states faced a total of 204 ballot measures, some written by legislators, but many -- including the most controversial -- spawned by activists and interest groups. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 11, 2000
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    State tax revenues rose 5 percent from 1998 to 1999, another bit of statistical evidence of the degree to which states have benefited from the nation's economic prosperity, the Census Bureau reports. A nonprofit nonpartisan group that tracks state revenue trends, Rockefeller Institute's Fiscal Studies Program, puts the increase for state tax revenues even higher, at 5.7 percent, for 1999. The figure would have reached 7.4 percent had it not been for legislative tax cutting, says Rockefeller senior policy analyst Elizabeth Davis. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 3, 2000
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    Election year for Washingtons part-time Legislature normally means a short session, just enough time to tweak the biennial budget, pass a few bills, and create an issue or two for the campaign. But this year would hardly qualify as normal. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 14, 2000
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    Politics is often called the art of compromise, but compromise is in short supply in New Mexico politics these days. The net effect is a state buried at the bottom of nearly every quality of life list. In the latest round of a running battle between Republican Gov. Gary Johnson and Democrats who dominate the legislature, New Mexico is without a budget while Johnson threatens a government shutdown and the Democrats call him a dictator. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 4, 2000
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    President Clinton sent his budget for the 2001 fiscal year -- the last of his presidency -- to Capitol Hill Monday (2/7), with the expectation that lawmakers will consider a host of spending increases in his favorite domestic programs: public education, health care, middle-class tax cuts and welfare. The Clinton budget, like his State of the Union speech, is expected to be short on grand designs. Many scholars say Clinton's style of incrementalism may deprive him of an enduring legacy. For a review of Clinton's domestic policy achievements, click on more

    • Stateline Story
    January 11, 2000
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    Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster started his second term Monday after he and seven other statewide elected officials and the new Legislature were sworn in at Baton Rouge ceremonies. The Republican governor has an ambitious agenda for his next four years, but a budget squeeze brought on by smaller than expected tax collections may make it hard to realize. more

    • Stateline Story
    December 16, 1999
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    The congressionally-created Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce ended two days of meetings in San Francisco Wednesday with a glimmer of agreement on keeping the Internet free of international tariffs and banning access taxes. But the panel continued to disagree sharply about collecting sales taxes on cyber-transactions. more

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