Net state tax collections for the 12-month period
that ended Wednesday were the lowest in four years and further
evidence Iowa struggled through “a really bad recession,” according
to a fiscal analyst with the Legislative Services Agency.
Two months ago, as Missouri lawmakers were
wrestling with a $500 million budget gap and their legislative session
was winding down, Governor Jay Nixon implored them to pass comprehensive
reforms to the state's tax credit programs for businesses and other
Luis Sanchez and Marlen Ramirez, undocumented
immigrants from Mexico, packed up and moved to Pennsylvania this month,
taking their three U.S. citizen children with them.
Many will cheer their departure, saying it's a sign that Arizona's
new immigration law, which hasn't taken effect yet, is driving out
illegal immigrants and potentially saving the state money. But not
everyone is pleased over the exodus of Latinos, both legal and illegal,
saying their flight from Arizona could hurt businesses, schools and
On June 15, voters in Trenton, New Jersey, soundly rejected a proposal to sell a majority of Trenton Water Works' infrastructure, including pipes, water towers, and tanks, to a private company. For several years, Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer argued that water privatization would generate immediate revenue for the cash-strapped city and end its obligation to maintain aging infrastructure in surrounding townships. Community activists, unions, and the Stop the Sale campaign, successfully challenged the Mayor's plan. In the weeks leading up to the vote, polling indicated that 95 percent of city residents disapproved of the initiative.
New Yorkers who like to smoke will have to dig a little deeper to light
up next month, after the Legislature passed a bill on Monday that will
give the state the highest cigarette taxes in the country.
Members of the two-house legislative committee working on the state
budget — especially its dominant Democrats — have spent much of the week
lamenting that they don't have enough money to satisfy all demands,
including their own.