Tax and Budget Reform

NJ: Error on 'Race to the Top' application costs N.J. $400M in federal funds

The Star Ledger:

After making a high-profile bid for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education reform money, New Jersey fell three points short of receiving "Race to the Top" funding, in part because of an error by the Christie administration in the state’s application, records obtained by The Star-Ledger show.


PA: Rendell proposes fee increases to finance road and bridge repair

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Gov. Rendell on Monday proposed increasing dozens of motor vehicle fees and imposing a tax on oil profits to raise $1 billion to fund road and bridge repair and public transit.

CA:Schwarzenegger: Lower the state's sales tax rate and apply it to services now untaxed

The Sacramento Bee:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday the state should lower its sales tax rate and apply it to "all services" that now go untaxed.

NJ: Poll finds 78 percent of parents want New Jersey to spend more on education

The Press of Atlantic City:

A poll of the parents of New Jersey high school students said education was the top state budget priority and one that is underfunded.

NH: NH seeks federal money for new bridge to Maine

The Bangor Daily News:

The state of New Hampshire is asking the federal government for $20 million in stimulus funding to help build a new bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.

ND: Legislators debate tax increment financing

The Bismarck Tribune:

Worried that developers might be cashing in on multiple tax credits, the Legislature’s Interim Taxation Committee heard testimony on a bill that would ban cities from overlapping districts that receive designated tax money for economic development.


Right-wing Budget Hypocrisy: Taking Recovery Funds, Denouncing Deficits and Promoting Costly Tax Cuts

Right-wing officials have consistently expressed opposition to the federal recovery effort, even as they take credit for the American Recovery and Reinvestment ACT's (ARRA) impcat on economic growth. The combination with promoting budget-busting tax cuts while bemoaning the deficit just adds to the hypocrisy of rhetoric on the right.

US: Given Money, Schools Wait on Rehiring Teachers

The New York Times:

As schools handed out pink slips to teachers this spring, states made a beeline to Washington to plead for money for their ravaged education budgets. 

VA: Tax collections help build $404 million surplus in Va.

The Washington Post:

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will announce Thursday that Virginia ended the fiscal year with a surplus of about $404 million -- almost twice the previous estimate, state officials said. 

NY: Senecas file suit to block state tax

Albany Times Union:

The Seneca Indian Nation sued the Paterson administration in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday to block enforcement of a plan to gain tax collections on sales of cigarettes at Native American stores.