While there is gridlock on the tax front in Washington, there are many developments in state capitals across the country that affect taxpayers.
Below is a roundup of state tax activity from this past week:
Florida: Lawmakers looking to make Gov. Rick Scott’s business tax cuts viable. Florida Chamber of Commerce demands an end to business rent tax.
Idaho: Lawmakers seek to avoid tax hike for infrastructure repairs.
Illinois: State budget impasse continues. Tax refunds will be delayed due to anti-fraud and identity theft efforts.
Indiana: Fantasy sports companies facing New York lawsuits invited to move headquarters to Indiana.
Iowa: Gov. Terry Branstad proposes diverting sales tax revenue from schools to water quality projects.
Kansas: Education is likely to be at the center of state budget discussions.
Kentucky: Gov. Matt Bevin cuts $112.5 million from transportation budget.
Maine: Residents are paying a lower income tax, higher sales tax in the new year.
Maryland: Gov. Larry Hogan aims to allocate $700 million for demolishing, redeveloping vacant Baltimore structures.
Minnesota: Majority of cities propose property tax increases.
Mississippi: Lawmakers consider phasing out franchise tax while increasing other taxes.
Missouri: In light of flooding, state will prioritize a transportation bill, while considering a gas tax hike.
Ohio: Judge dismisses state lawsuit over health care law tax. A tax agency lost tax return data for 50,000 Ohioans.
Oklahoma: Residents in 16 counties receive ‘accidental’ tax breaks. Debt rating service predicts poor outlook for the state.
Pennsylvania: An unpopular business tax has expired with the new year. Pennsylvania borrows $2 billion to pay bills amidst budget impasse.
Rhode Island: Truckers may avoid Rhode Island if it implements a new toll.
South Dakota: Voters overwhelmingly reject wheel tax. Legislature will consider a new method of assessing agricultural property for tax purposes.
Tennessee: State seeks alternatives to gas tax increase.
Utah: Proposed bill would reward veterans with tax exemption. Residents in 13 school districts paid higher property taxes, schools have yet to receive the revenue.
Virginia: Gov.’s McAuliffe’s proposed budget would surpass record-breaking $100 billion.
West Virginia: Numerous West Virginia cities are adding a municipal sales tax.
Wisconsin: County sales tax on transportation bill receives bipartisan support.