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From Setting Taxes to Regulating Voting, State Legislatures Make Laws That Affect You

id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body” data-component=”trackCWV”> What’s happening Each of the 50 states has its own legislature with its own rules, procedures and priorities, and they determine everything from tax rates to criminal law to how you can vote. Why it matters What happens in state legislatures isn’t just relevant to state residents — it often has effects that ripple nationwide, including on highly contentious issues. Congress grabs much of the spotlight in political news coverage, and there are good reasons for that. From to passing the federal budget, it considers hugely important matters. But the Senate and House of Representatives aren’t… Read More

How Much Do Gas Tax Holidays Really Save Drivers, Anyway?

id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body” data-component=”trackCWV”> After record highs in June, gas prices are . A half-dozen states tried to ease the pain at the pump by temporarily suspending their regular tax on gasoline. Most of those gas tax “holidays” have already come and gone, but a few are still in effect. (New York’s runs until Dec. 31.) Critics argued that any savings would be eaten up by oil producers and gas stations. But a  found that in Maryland, Georgia and Connecticut — which all instituted early gas tax holidays — consumers reaped the benefits.  The researchers prefaced their findings by saying… Read More