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    • 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 26, 2000
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    A controversial tax-cutting amendment continues to show support from a majority of Colorado voters, a recent poll shows, but support is down from the numbers shown early in the 2000 election year. That's good news to most state and local government officials opposing it, but prime sponsor Douglas Bruce, a Colorado Springs businessman and perpetual government critic, is still optimistic the plan will prevail on Nov. 7. 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
    September 1, 2000
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    Tax-cut advocates are having a field day in statehouses around the country, emboldened by the lengthiest economic boom in U.S. history. Revenue surpluses enabled lawmakers and budget officials to pare away $9.1 billion in taxes during 2000, the largest reduction the National Conference of State Legislatures has seen in 15 years. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 10, 2000
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    Across the United States, ballot initiatives--proposed laws submitted to a vote of the people -- are an increasingly popular method of public policy making. In November, between 60 and 70 initiatives covering everything from video poker to gay rights are expected to appear on the ballots of the 24 states that currently allow for these measures. The initiative process was conceived as a way to give voters more say on public policy, but some analysts like Washington Post political writer David Broder say it has become a tool of big-moneyed special interests. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 14, 2000
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    Among the 42 states that collect income taxes, 12 allow residents to file cost-free returns using state Web sites. That's expected to produce a tiny number of tax returns -- about 200,000 -- this year. But in a short while the trickle should grow into a tsunami, tax expert Verenda Smith predicts. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 15, 2000
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    A growing number of states are taking advantage of overflowing revenues to relieve the tax burden on poor families, a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has found. In 1999, fewer than half the states that impose an income tax -- 20 out of 41 -- collected revenues from families earning less than the official poverty line. Since 1991, four states have raised their tax thresholds to exempt these families. Two more, Delaware and New Jersey, will stop taxing poor families over the next two years. Altogether in the 1990s, 19 of the 41 income-tax states significantly cut or eliminated taxes on poor families, the study by the liberal-leaning Washington think tank showed. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 11, 2000
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    Smack in the middle of the longest economic boom in U.S. history, Wyoming is one of a handful of states saddled with a deficit, instead of a record-setting surplus. 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
    February 3, 2000
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    When it comes to levying sales taxes on e-commerce, Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci, Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and Virginia Gov. James Gilmore have emerged as the gubernatorial Big Three opposed to the practice. Moments after testifying before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee on Internet Taxation this week (Wednesday), Cellucci talked to Stateline.org Senior Writer Blair S. Walker about why he believes the Internet needs to remain tax-free. more

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