Anti-tax and family advocacy groups are pressuring lawmakers not to breathe new life into the "death tax" — a levy on personal fortunes that was taken off the books this year, but is scheduled to return at a higher rate in 2011.
Virginia retailers can sell clothes to customers tax-free this weekend, a move expected to boost the local economy temporarily.
It's crunch time for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The Republican newcomer won a surprise victory last year over incumbent Democrat Jon S. Corzine in a state where President Obama enjoyed a 15-point edge. It was Mr. Christie's signature campaign issue, tax reform, that brought him to the statehouse. Now the former U.S. Attorney has less than a month left to get his proposed constitutional amendment limiting property taxes onto the November ballot.