Finance

States Go Old School to Fight Tax Fraud

D.C. and more than a dozen states are shunning paperless refunds to avoid being conned out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

When It Comes to Tax Incentives, How Transparent Is Your City?

A new report highlights major holes in local governments' online disclosure of how economic development dollars are spent.

The Myth vs. the Truth About Regulating Payday Lenders

When state laws drive so-called "debt traps" to shut down, the industry moves its business online. Do their low-income customers follow?

Evidence-Based Programs Risk Losing Funding Under Trump

The president's budget director wants to eliminate a fund that supports research-backed state and local projects. It's won bipartisan support in the past. Will Congress step in to save it?

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