Thanks to surging tax revenues and an unprecedented infusion of federal aid, many states cut taxes over the past two years by lowering individual income tax rates, expanding tax credits, or sending one-time checks to residents. But there is another way states can use these funds: reduce or eliminate some local criminal legal fines and fees.
In the courts and legislatures, advocates are pressing to require state and local governments to pay for religious schools... Are residents prepared for one possible consequence: Less money available for public schools?
Lately, some state policymakers are exerting their authority to punish businesses in their state that disagree with certain social policies. What happens when these two goals clash with one another? Or when they conflict with the vital job of collecting sufficient tax revenue to operate government and balance a budget?