A new state transportation proposal would fund road improvements and offset revenue losses caused by the pandemic, but it would require increased fees on gas, bikes, public transit, ferries and ride-hailing trips.
By Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times | February 22, 2021
Maryland made history last week, becoming the first state in the country to codify a tax on digital ads. The move would have a significant financial impact on big tech, but the bill will probably face multiple legal challenges.
By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology | February 19, 2021
Congressional Democrats are pushing the $1.9 trillion package, including stimulus checks, extended unemployment benefits and monthly payments to parents, ahead before pandemic protections expire. Republicans say it’s too expensive.
By Orion Donovan-Smith, The Spokesman-Review | February 16, 2021
The Florida city will begin considering using and accepting bitcoin for some of its financial transactions. Mayor Suarez is a strong proponent of the cryptocurrency for the city, but others are worried about its stability.
By Joey Flechas and Rob Wile, The Miami Herald | February 12, 2021
A one-size-fits-all approach defies local cost-of-living realities. County-based indexing could help avoid losses of jobs and tax revenues, and it could appeal to policymakers on both sides of the rural-urban divide.
By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist | February 16, 2021
As a way to keep money in the state’s economy, lawmakers have introduced several proposals that would allow those who mistakenly received unemployment benefit payments to keep the money, instead of returning it.
By Maria Benevento, St. Louis Post-Dispatch | February 11, 2021
Over the past several decades, spending on jails has grown significantly. As the coronavirus pandemic reduces revenue and forces budget cuts, cutting jail expenditures could save cities and counties billions of dollars.
By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer | February 10, 2021