California- Letter: No to Oxnard sales tax increase

The city of Oxnard is prepared to place a 1.5 cent sales tax increase on the November ballot. The city claims this is necessary since the coronavirus pandemic has severely hampered city revenues. In recent negotiations with the city’s unions, the Continue reading California- Letter: No to Oxnard sales tax increase

New York- COVID-19 Leads to Sharp Drop in Sales Tax Revenue

Among the budget pressures facing local governments is a sharp drop in sales tax revenue related to the coronavirus pandemic. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that sales tax revenue for local governments fell by more than 32% in Continue reading New York- COVID-19 Leads to Sharp Drop in Sales Tax Revenue

North Dakota – Tax Revenue from Online Sales Skyrockets Amid COVID-19 Closures

North Dakota’s sales tax revenue from online retailers ballooned by a staggering 500% in April, during the worst of the pandemic closures, according to the state tax commissioner’s office. Remote sellers, or online retailers, contributed $2.9 million in sales tax Continue reading North Dakota – Tax Revenue from Online Sales Skyrockets Amid COVID-19 Closures

Tennessee – Gov. Lee Announces $200 Million Business Relief Program

$200 Million Available for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group announced a new relief program for Tennessee businesses affected by the COVID-19 Continue reading Tennessee – Gov. Lee Announces $200 Million Business Relief Program

Wisconsin- Can’t Use Booming Online Sales Tax Revenue to Help State Budget

While Wisconsin looks to dig its way out of the financial crater of the COVID-19 pandemic, it won’t be able to tap into sales tax revenue collected from online retail, one of the only thriving sectors of the economy. That’s Continue reading Wisconsin- Can’t Use Booming Online Sales Tax Revenue to Help State Budget

California- Bay Area Polling Results Confirm: Voters Prefer Progressive Funding Sources over Sales Tax for Transportation

During this pandemic, the public transportation system is facing tremendous challenges. On top of fare shortfalls caused by an up to 90 percent decline in ridership, public transit agencies are losing revenue on sales tax, the traditional funding source for Continue reading California- Bay Area Polling Results Confirm: Voters Prefer Progressive Funding Sources over Sales Tax for Transportation

California- Redlands City Council Puts 1-Cent Sales Tax Hike on November 2020 Ballot

The Redlands City Council voted unanimously to place a measure calling for a 1-cent sales tax increase on the November 2020 ballot during its meeting on Tuesday, June 16. City Manager Charles Duggan said the increase would help reduce cuts Continue reading California- Redlands City Council Puts 1-Cent Sales Tax Hike on November 2020 Ballot

Florida- Pandemic Renews Internet Sales Tax Debate

The Covid-19 pandemic has blown a huge hole in the state budget as state sales tax revenues are down due to the drop in tourism and stay-at-home orders that have kept people from shopping. One proposal to fill the revenue Continue reading Florida- Pandemic Renews Internet Sales Tax Debate

California- Lancaster Proposes ‘Optimistic’ Budget

The city’s proposed 2020-21 $245.8 million budget is “cautiously optimistic” amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed budget is approximately $9.5 million smaller than last year’s budget from a general fund perspective. It is a balanced budget that includes $98.3 Continue reading California- Lancaster Proposes ‘Optimistic’ Budget

Wisconsin – Sales Taxes from Online Shopping have Soared During the Pandemic, but it Won’t Help the State’s Bottom Line

With stores closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, online sales have soared. But instead of giving a financial boost to the state in the form of sales taxes, the shift toward e-commerce will instead result in an income tax cut required under state Continue reading Wisconsin – Sales Taxes from Online Shopping have Soared During the Pandemic, but it Won’t Help the State’s Bottom Line