After a record year for the Massachusetts Lottery, a state task force has called online gaming “inevitable” and is recommending the agency take steps toward offering it to consumers. The report, issued Thursday, notes that if the lottery doesn’t enter the online marketplace, other entrants – such as casinos, commercial gaming companies, and other states – will likely fill the void to the detriment of the lottery and the revenue it generates.
Source: Boston Globe | Massachusetts |
December 12, 2012
Amazon, the world’s largest online merchant, said that it has agreed to start collecting the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax in Massachusetts next November -- a move that will cost consumers but generate tens of millions of dollars for the state.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
December 7, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie, a critic of Obama’s Affordable Care Act, said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has yet to answer dozens of questions on how much the new online insurance marketplace would cost New Jersey residents, among other concerns.
Source: The Post and Courier | South Carolina |
December 6, 2012
Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration will not publicly release a previously undisclosed, more-detailed report on how a hacker breached the S.C. Department of Revenue, affecting sensitive information for millions of taxpayers.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.