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Medicaid Drives Growth in Federal Grants to States

States get roughly a third of their revenue from the federal government, funding that pays for health care, schools, roads, public safety, and other services.1 And since 2008, those grants have increased by 42 percent from $448 billion to $636 billion, adjusted for inflation, driven by rising Medicaid costs. Grants in other program areas have either experienced significantly smaller increases, or even decreases over that time.

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2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan

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Coronavirus: What Does it Mean for Investors?

Financial markets are reeling as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. While the experience with
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) from some years back suggests calm would be restored
soon, good sense and logic can remain in short supply in the meantime

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Taxed to the Max?

Illinois’ outdated tax system hurts everyone, but mostly those with the least. An overhaul is overdue, but a cure for the state’s addiction to property taxes has remained elusive.

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Healthy US Job Market: How Big a Political Edge for Trump?

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring jumped last month, and many more people were encouraged to look for work, showing that the economy remains robust despite threats from China’s viral outbreak, an ongoing trade war and struggles at Boeing.

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CGFA – Monthly Briefing for the Month Ended: January 2020

The following section provides a statistical summary
of Illinois’ gaming related revenues in CY 2019 from
its two primary gaming sources: casino gambling and
video gaming.

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Maine Eyes Repealing Income Tax on Public Employee Pensions

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has signed off on a plan to eliminate state income tax on retirement benefits for public employees.

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Is a Tax-by-Mile System Ready to Replace Fuel Taxes?

Congress enters the debate over how to shore up a highway trust fund headed for insolvency with a conundrum: The GOP is reluctant to raise the federal fuel tax, the tax isn’t a long-term solution anyway, and the most popular alternative to the gas tax isn’t ready for prime time.

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Why Are My Property Taxes So High?

Because of Illinois’ outdated tax system, schools and municipalities rely heavily on property taxes to cover expenses—and rates have risen dramatically.

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NCTR – FYI: February 11, 2020

Although the 116th Congress approved the first comprehensive piece of
retirement legislation in more than a decade at the end of last year, there
are indications it may not take ten more years before another major
retirement bill becomes law—with some believing it could happen as soon
as this year

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