Ruling enabling states to collect sales taxes on online purchases turned out to be key.
Tax revenue is down, expenditures are up and the future's uncertain.
Texas is already near the bottom in per capita spending on education, and cuts would only make it worse.
A place like Columbus, Ohio, relies on income tax for 75% of its revenue.
In many states, it’s the first holiday shopping season since they starting requiring online businesses to collect sales tax.
Politicians and retailers say tax holidays are good for sales and they save people money. But it’s not that simple.
Women voters are thinking beyond their own wallets when heading to polls this November.
Politicians are the real winners, one expert says.