ELAINE S. POVICH is a veteran Washington Correspondent. Until embarking on her freelance career, she covered Congress and politics for Newsday for eight years. Prior to joining Newsday, she was a Freedom Forum fellow engaged in a study of the relationship between Congress and the media. She is the author of "Partners and Adversaries: The Contentious Connection Between Congress and the Media," written during her fellowship and published in 1996.
Before her fellowship, Povich was the Chicago Tribune’s chief congressional correspondent. In 1995, she was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.
Recent Stories By Elaine S. Povich:
Voters in three California cities and one in Colorado will decide next month whether to slap a special tax on sugary drinks like soda and sports thirst-quenchers after costly, high-stakes campaigns...
Why Some States Are Backpedalling on Sales Tax HolidaysAugust 29, 2016
Many back-to-school shoppers used to be able to count on sales tax holidays at this time of year. But more states are disappointing them by rejecting or cutting back on the small tax breaks, as they...
Enough Already on Tax Credits for Moviemakers!May 21, 2015
Louisiana residents may go gaga over Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson when they arrive in the state later this year to film a movie about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. But...
The New Push Toward Taxing Nonprofit GroupsMarch 5, 2015
Marlene DiMarco-Hammond paused while sorting through some gently used clothing at the thrift store run by Freeport Community Services, a nonprofit organization. “This center was really, really...
The Heated Battle to Tax Electronic CigarettesJanuary 23, 2015
SUNSET, Utah - Taking a long inhale and blowing a cloud of vapor, Jason Jones, who has owned the Vapor Mania store here since 2011, considered what a tax would do to his business, which includes...
Public-Private Partnerships Boost State InfrastructureNovember 14, 2013
Still strapped for cash in the aftermath of the recession, states increasingly are partnering with private companies to build and maintain highways, prisons, water facilities, tunnels and even...
Tech Backlash Quashes Most State Tax EffortsOctober 30, 2013
As the nation moves from a tangible goods-based economy to a service-based economy, a few states are trying to keep revenues robust by taxing technological services such as software upgrades and...
Warning for Tax Scofflaws: These States Want You!October 17, 2013
In New York, state tax scofflaws now have a stark choice: Pay up or lose your driver’s license. Since New York launched a new program targeting tax delinquents last August, the state has picked up $4...
Sequester and the States: New Headaches?August 21, 2013
States have been forced to gear up for a potential second round of across-the-board federal spending cuts after Congress left for its summer recess without a budget deal. Another round of...
Paul Ryan’s Turbo Charged Climb Up the GOP LadderAugust 13, 2012
Rep. Paul Ryan, the youthful GOP vice presidential candidate whose deficit-cutting ideas are likely to reshape the presidential debates, learned politics and policy under the sway of a long string of...
Obama’s Stimulus Jobs: Here Today, Gone TomorrowOctober 3, 2011
The company handling the bulk of the cleanup at the massive Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington State celebrated when it received more than $1 billion of Obama stimulus funds in 2009. Dee...
The <i>I-bank</i> Dilemma: Another Fannie and Freddie?September 14, 2011
In 1999, the state of California invested a mere $161 million in an experimental “infrastructure bank” to underwrite loans to build sewer systems, light rail and other public works. Since then, the...
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