Transportation Funding Very Uncertain in Many States

The state has used money from the sale of unclaimed property … connecting Washington state to Canada, put the condition of the state’s infrastructure in the national spotlight. But Gov. Inslee has not found a way to get a gas tax hike …

Gas tax increase in Iowa? Ask Branstad, transportation director says

Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III deflected questions about a possible fuel tax increase Monday, telling a Senate panel to ask the governor what he wants to do about the state’s road system. State Sen. Tod Bowman, D …

‘Progressive’ income tax a real concern

Hang on to your pocketbooks, the politicians are getting restless. They want more of your money. Never mind that the Illinois Legislature jacked up your state income tax with a temporary increase from 3 percent to 5 percent three years ago. At least the …

WWJD? Nebraska Bill Would End Religious Property Tax Exemptions

In Nebraska of all places, State Senator Ernie Chambers (D-Omaha) has introduced a bill to deny religious organizations their property tax exemptions. His argument in favor of Legislative Bill 675 is that making religious organizations pay taxes will ease …

Lots of priorities, wants in 2014 legislative session

“I support the 6 percent increase,” said Gaskill. “I do think Iowa needs to focus on having good, strong education. Our schools are struggling from the lack of funding from the state Legislature.” Rozenboom, however, said he wouldn’t support a 6 percent …

Capitol Digest: New Lottery headquarters

The Iowa Executive Council voted 4-0 Monday to approve the Iowa Lottery’s purchase of a new headquarters building in Clive for $5.35 million. Last week the lottery’s oversight board also approved the purchase of the property parcel at 13001 University Ave.

Transportation Needs Pile Up as Funding Remains Uncertain

Maryland, Ohio, Vermont and Wyoming also passed … It kept operating expenses flat and paid down debt. The state has used money from the sale of unclaimed property to boost its transportation budget. But it has not been enough. The state will have to …

Voices for Children Releases Family Bottom Line Report with Interactive Tool that Calculates Family Expenses

Income eligibility limits … The adult Medicaid, child care assistance and SNAP programs create significant cliffs for families in every region in Nebraska. Given the findings of the Family Bottom Line Report, Voices for Children is making …

Midlands Voices: Focus debate on property tax relief

This past fall, the Legislature’s Tax Modernization Committee held hearings across Nebraska. Lowering income taxes was … in support of income tax cuts is that such cuts would help grow the state’s economy by lowering the migration of …

Nebraska governor’s race sees another shakeup

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska governor’s race is seeing yet another shake-up with the departure of Republican state Sen. Charlie Janssen and the likely entry of Attorney General Jon Bruning. Janssen said Monday that he was withdrawing because he …