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    • Stateline Story
    April 6, 2001
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    A veteran of a thousand political wars, Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III barely blinks when opponents call him single-minded, dictatorial and even hallucinatory. Gilmore expected to become a lightning rod when he was appointed chairman of the Republican National Committee in January. But he may never have guessed that his most vociferous critics would be fellow Republicans back home. 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 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 29, 2001
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    Governors and state legislators looking for ways to save money on social programs at a time when many states face projected revenue shortfalls may want to invest more in drug prevention and treatment, according to a new three-year analysis of state spending. It shows that widespread addiction to alcohol and drugs and attendant problems - death, illness, injury, property damage, unwanted pregnancy, learning disabilities, crime, fattened welfare rolls and domestic violence - cost state governments an estimated $81.3 billion in 1998. 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

    • 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

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