Lunch Links: Sen. Blumenthal Calls for Simplifying Tax on Business Travelers; Massachusetts Girding for 2018 Income Tax Boost; Maryland Legislators Warned about Revenue Gap

October 27, 2016

Today is October 27, the day Philadelphia was founded in 1682. Philadelphia residents pay a 3.9004 percent earnings tax on top of the state 3.07 percent income tax. Residents and visitors pay 8 percent sales tax on purchases.

Here are some interesting links I came across:

Senator Calls for Passage of Mobile Workforce Bill: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) says it’s time for a federal framework for when states can tax business travelers who spend only a few days in a particular state. The bill passed the House on September 21 but New York’s senators have stalled it in the Senate. (Tax Analysts)

Transportation Funding Post-Election: Statehouse debates in Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri on how to pay for transportation improvements could change with the election results. (Governing)

Top Ballot Initiatives: ThinkAdvisor provides a rundown. (ThinkAdvisor)

Massachusetts Group Formed to Resist 2018 Income Tax Boost: A proposal to raise the state’s income tax by 4 percentage points but only on people who make more than $1 million will likely be on the 2018 ballot. The Massachusetts High Technology Council is preparing to oppose the tax. (Tax Analysts)

Maryland Legislators Warned About Budget Gap: Legislative Services head Warren Deschenaux made the rounds this week to warn legislators that the state’s spending is outpacing revenue. He suggested scaling back spending during slow economic growth. (Baltimore Sun)

More on Olympia, Washington’s Income Tax Ballot Measure: From the Washington Policy Center. (Washington Policy Center)

Virginia County Mails One-Sided Pamphlet to Support Proposed Meals Tax: Fairfax County, Virginia, wants to raise the tax on prepared meals to 10 percent but the official pamphlet doesn’t provide the full picture. My colleague Michael Schuyler does so. (Tax Foundation)


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