Lunch Links: Getting Flint Water Bill to a Vote Averts Federal Government Shutdown; Compromise Sought on D.C. Paid Leave; Albany, N.Y., Caught in a Land Grab for Property Tax; TV Ads Begin on Oregon GRT Measure

September 28, 2016

Today is September 28, the anniversary of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. After becoming king, William the Conqueror continued the existing land tax (“danegeld”) and commissioned the Domesday Book in 1085 to survey land values across the kingdom for tax purposes.

Here are some interesting links I came across:

Federal Government Shutdown Averted: The federal government has likely avoided a shutdown that would have begun on Friday. Democrats demanded that water aid to Flint, Michigan, be added to a temporary budget measure, while Republicans said that would be added later to a separate water projects bill. Late last night, they agreed to move up the vote on the water bill. The last federal shutdown in October 2013 lasted 16 days. (Morning Consult / The Washington Post)

Paid Leave Debate in D.C.: The main proposal by Councilmembers David Grosso (I-At Large) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) would impose a 1 percent payroll tax to fund 16 weeks of paid leave. The business community countered with a proposal to mandate employers within more than 50 employees offer eight weeks of paid leave, identical to what D.C. government employees currently get, and no tax. But this would leave out a third of employees. (WAMU)

D.C. Presentation Tonight: Speaking of D.C., I’m presenting at this evening’s meeting of the Mayor’s Working Group on Jobs, Wages, and Benefits on the competitive position of the District versus Maryland and Virginia. (WGWJB)

Albany Property Tax Problem: Albany benefits economically from being New York state’s capital, but its property tax collections are limited by state control of much of the land. An effort to get the state to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) failed, so now the city is trying to get control of a valuable piece of developable land. (Politico New York)

Should Kansas Have Ending Balance Cash? Before Kansas enacted a rainy day fund, it required the state to end the year with enough cash to cover 7.5 percent of the budget. Legislators suspended the requirement every year since 2003 except one (2013), and this year policymakers voted to create a rainy day fund. Should they keep both or pick one? It’s partly academic since there’s no money for either right now. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

TV Ads on Oregon Measure 97 Begin: Oregon Public Radio has a proponent ad and an opponent ad on the proposed gross receipts tax. (Oregon Public Radio / Tax Foundation)

And, of course, we released our 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index today. My colleague Scott Drenkard summarizes the results.

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