With state legislatures convening across the country, we’re going to be hearing lots about budget blues in the coming days. As many states have constitutions that require balanced budgets, the pressure to raise taxes, especially on small businesses, will be intense. Here in Tennessee, the issue is difficult due to our total dependence on a sales tax rather than any personal income taxes. Here, the Tennessean looks at the pressure to expand the sales tax to services not currently taxed. Several folks at Hammock Publishing work with state directors of NFIB to keep their members up-to-date with what’s going on in their state capitols regarding taxes and other important issues.