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:
More States Are Turning to Toll Roads in 2018January 9, 2018
Get ready, drivers. With gas tax revenue stagnant and transportation funds scarce, states are turning to toll roads in 2018 to fill treasuries and manage traffic — despite outrage from motorists and...
The Devilish Details Causing Confusion Over Soda TaxesSeptember 1, 2017
This year Seattle, Philadelphia and Cook County, Illinois, slapped extra excise taxes on soda and other sweetened beverages in what they touted as an effort to reduce obesity, save public health...
The planned A.O. Flats housing development in this city’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood was billed as an oasis for low- and middle-income families, a place where they could get affordable housing in an...
Tax-Free Bonds Get a Second Look as Trump Eyes Infrastructure PlansFebruary 24, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Structures built with municipal bonds stand out in this city. There is the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and new parking garages for a revitalized restaurant and apartment...
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...
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