From: The Council of State Governments
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Capitol Research: State Business Incentives, Transportation Revenues and The Food Industry in the Fight Against Obesity
Date: Wed Sep 25 18:05:37 MDT 2013
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September 2013

 

The Council of State Governments is pleased to offer state leaders a variety of publications focused on today's most important policy issues. Through CSG's Capitol Research series, CSG policy experts examine the ways key issues are impacting your state, how the issues are evolving and how your state can respond--now and in the future. A complete list of available resources can be found on the CSG Knowledge Center.


Chairman's Report: State Business Incentives
 

Each year, states spend billions of dollars on tax and financial incentives with the hope of spurring job growth. Research suggests incentives have increased in both frequency of use and size over the past 40 years, with some deals worth more than $1 billion each. In addition, some states are using incentives to engage in a bidding war with other states, offering increasingly lucrative deals for existing companies to relocate from one state to another. More... 

 


Changing Face of Transportation Revenues

 

This year has seen a burst of activity on the transportation funding front: from gas tax increases to tax swaps, from general fund transfers to tolling and public-private partnerships and from mileage-based user fees to taxing electric vehicles. In a series of interviews, six transportation experts weighed in on the reasons behind the funding changes, the states with the most significant stories and the implications of these strategies for the future of transportation funding.  More...

 


The Food Industry in the Fight Against Obesity
 

As the nation faces up to the growing obesity epidemic, a variety of players are stepping forward to focus on the delivery of healthful, nutritious food at reasonable prices. Key players in the food and restaurant industry are doing their part to shape the food environment and help consumers make smarter choices, especially at young ages when lifelong habits and impressions are molded. More...



Childhood Obesity Declines
 

The trend of obesity in low-income children in the United States may be improving. Obesity is a serious disease because it impacts both the physical and mental health of children. It increases risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Young obese children face societal and psychological difficulties, such as low self-esteem. Childhood obesity also is associated with premature death and high costs for health care.  More...

 


Obesity
 

In 2011, 63 percent of adults in the United States were overweight or obese. Obesity adds an estimated $147 billion to U.S. health care expenditures each year. Cost estimates cover Medicaid, Medicare and private insurers and include inpatient, outpatient and prescription drug costs. States are taking action by incorporating anti-obesity measures into their transportation and education policies. More...

 


From the Blog: State Tax Revenue
Soars in Second Quarter  

 

According to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, total state tax revenue hit a 25-year high in the second quarter of 

2013, totaling $259.6 billion--a 9.4 percent increase over the same quarter in 2012. The increase is largely driven by gains in individual income tax revenues, which jumped 19.4 percent. Sales taxes, 

which make up the second largest category of tax revenue, grew by 4.7 percent and corporate income tax revenue increased by 10.8 percent. More...

 


From the Blog: States Consider Gravel Roads, Bridge Weight Restrictions

 

While 2013 has been a big year for states considering and approving new transportation revenues, a number of states are still struggling to figure out how to pay for maintaining their infrastructure. A plan in Texas would convert some drilling-affected roads to gravel. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania has started posting weight restrictions on some of its bridges. More...

 


In This Issue
» Chairman's Report: State Business Incentives
» Changing Face of Transportation Revenue
» The Food Industry in the Fight Against Obesity
» Childhood Obesity Declines
» Obesity
» From the Blog: State Tax Revenues Soar in Second Quarter
» From the Blog: States Consider Gravel Roads, Bridge Weight Restrictions

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