4 Things to Know About Local Government Fiscal Conditions

Despite fiscal challenges over the past 18 months, cities have demonstrated greater resilience than expected through the pandemic, according to a report.

SALT Proposal in House Bill Would Raise Cap to $72,500 Through 2031

Meanwhile, in the Senate, two lawmakers offered up an alternative plan. It does seem there's support for including some kind of rollback of the cap in the budget bill now being negotiated.

5 Strategies to Help Residents Without Bank Accounts Get Rental Assistance

Unbanked tenants have a harder time applying for emergency rental assistance, along with difficulty accessing assistance if they do receive funds, according to a report.

Democrats Trying to Nail Down SALT Deduction Cap Repeal Plan

The specifics of lifting the $10,000 limit on the state and local tax deduction were still coming into focus late Tuesday, with a key progressive senator rejecting one leading option.

Muni Bond Provisions Likely Dead in Democrats' Spending Package

A last-ditch effort to salvage tax-exempt advance refunding and other proposals appears to have come up short.

Push Is On to Salvage Muni Finance Provisions Left Out of Biden Plan

A key refinancing tool that states and localities want to see brought back, along with other proposals, didn't make the cut.

These Cities Raised Wages for Municipal Workers to $15 an Hour

To attract and keep employees in a tight labor market, some local governments are bumping up hourly pay.

The Revolution Will Be Improvised

President Joe Biden’s hastily announced framework for his “Build Back Better” plan doesn’t mean the deal is done.

Families Most at Risk of Missing Out on the Expanded Child Tax Credit

The child tax credit is the largest ever -- $250 to $300 a month -- but many low-income households may not get the help for a variety of reasons, a Tax Policy Center report says.

Biden Releases $1.75T Social Spending Framework to Win Over Democrats

The White House scaled back the original $3.5 trillion proposal, dropping paid family and medical leave and some Medicare expansions.

States With the Highest and Lowest Gasoline Prices

Mississippi ranks No.1 for states with the lowest fuel prices while California has the highest prices, according to a new report.

Where Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back the Most and Least

Nebraska tops the list of states where the unemployment rates are bouncing back the most. New Jersey comes in last.

Restaurants Urge Mayors to Extend Outdoor Dining Through Winter

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors warning that thousands more restaurants could close without support to keep outdoor dining going. 

A Breakdown of the Black-White Homeownership Inequality Gap

Homeownership is less achievable for Black Americans and they live in neighborhoods with houses valued at $48,000 less than white families’ homes, a new report reveals.

Tax or Treat! State Laws on Candy Taxation Vary Wildly

Whether you pay tax on your Halloween treat supply depends on which state you live in and how it defines candy.

The Simplest Fix to America’s Rent Problem

COMMENTARY | The country’s voucher-focused help for American renters is mired in red tape, and many landlords opt out. Would cash work better?

Creating More Capital for Underserved Communities Through State-owned Banks

COMMENTARY | Several states are considering establishing a banking system to boost the financial health of their local economies.

Does Raising the Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?

COMMENTARY | The question is actually one of the most studied in all of economics and still doesn’t have a definitive answer – though Nobel-winning economist David Card got us closer.

State and Local Government Job Growth Lags Behind Private Sector

City and county payrolls are down more than 5% from pre-pandemic totals, excluding education positions, according to a report.

Museums, Cultural Institutions Cut Jobs Despite PPP Loans, Report Finds

More than 14,400 employees were laid off from 288 institutions that received federal loans meant to help preserve jobs, according to a public service employees union.

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