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Why are some states experiencing a tax revenue surplus?

Jun 7, 2021
More than half of U.S. states took in as much or more in tax revenue between March 2020 and February 2021 than they did the year before.
In some states — including Utah, Idaho and Colorado — tax revenue went up at least 8%.
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How smokers have boosted state tax revenue during the pandemic

Mar 16, 2021
Some states got an unexpected bump from tobacco taxes. The number of people smoking has declined steadily, except in 2020.
A fair amount of money gained from "sin taxes" on products like tobacco helps fund antismoking campaigns.
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State and local governments pinched as pandemic hits tax revenue

Apr 30, 2020
Many will be forced to tap rainy-day funds or turn to the bond market to make ends meet.
Union Station in Los Angeles. States and municipalities may turn to the bond market to support transportation systems and other facilities.
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Garbage won't pile up during this government shutdown

Jan 19, 2018
A few lessons were learned in Washington, D.C., from the 2013 closure.
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