20
Mar

Revenue Forecast Up But Taxes Still Needed

The March Economic and Revenue Forecast was released on Wednesday, March 20. The first draft of the budgets usually immediately follow, and all rumors point to a release of the House version of the operating budget as early as Monday, March 25th. The forecast is largely good news. The Near General Fund-State (Near GF-S) forecast for the 2017-2019 biennium has

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18
Mar

Amendment to HB 1105 Very Costly to Counties

Not only did the House fail to pass HB 1718, the local government fiscal flexibility bill, as predicted, but the compromise needed to pass HB 1105 out of the House will cause severe damage to county budgets if it is not removed. HB 1105 began as a bill to create and fund a home foreclosure prevention program, aimed at providing

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11
Mar

Fiscal Flexibility Bill in Danger

HB 1718, a bill to provide cities and counties some flexibility with existing resources, is in danger of dying in the House. The bill, prime-sponsored by Representative Mike Volz, a Republican from the 6th Legislative District, and including a bi-partisan list of secondary sponsors, would Remove prohibitions on supplanting existing local government expenditures with proceeds from a locally imposed 0.1-percent

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4
Mar

Fiscal Committee Cutoff #1

The legislature passed another major milestone on Friday, the date of the first fiscal committee cutoff. Bills had to be moved out of the fiscal committees – House Transportation, Finance, Capital Budget, and Appropriations; and Senate Transportation and Ways and Means – in order to keep moving this session. However, while no bill is ever truly dead until the legislature

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