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Kansas Learned Its Lesson, But Will Other States?

June 15, 2017

Kansas’ legislature overrode Governor Brownback’s veto last week and nearly fully undid the massive income tax cuts that it enacted five years ago. A Republican-run legislature overruling a Republican governor over the wisdom of big tax cuts has garnered widespread attention. In other...

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Tax Day 2017: Top State Tax Charts

April 12, 2017

To accompany our series of federal tax charts, here are six charts putting state taxes — and the services they support — into context.

States provide many services that help form the foundation for thriving and healthy families, businesses, and communities and are essential for the nation’s long-term economic...

More Than Half of State Tax Revenues Fund Education and Health Care

State EITCs Build Broad Prosperity in Uncertain Times

February 8, 2017

State legislative sessions are starting amid great uncertainty about potential changes in federal policies that could leave millions of struggling families with less support to meet basic needs like food, housing, and health care. So state policymakers should bolster state services for these families. States can help people keep working, boost incomes, reduce financial hardship, and help build...

Twenty-six States and DC Have Enacted EITCS, 2016

Steps to Building State Economic Opportunity

July 11, 2016

States can take five main steps to build future economic opportunity — strategies that California, Minnesota, and Massachusetts are already pursuing to good results, I write in Bloomberg BNA’s Weekly State Tax Report.

As we laid out in our recent...

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California Looks to Build Opportunity, Address Housing Crisis

May 23, 2016

California policymakers have proposed ways to bolster the stock of affordable housing and help voucher holders access higher-opportunity neighborhoods — steps that will help struggling families contribute more fully to the economy and position the state for longer-term, more broadly...

Young Children Who Move to Lower Poverty Neighborhoods Using Vouchers Do Better As Adults

Oklahoma Undercuts Working Families

May 20, 2016

Oklahoma lawmakers have voted to cut the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by more than 70 percent, hitting 200,000 low-income working households, many of whom will lose the credit altogether.  The cut will raise just $29 million to help close a gaping $1.3 billion shortfall — which was largely caused by...

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A State Roadmap for Broadly Shared Prosperity

April 13, 2016

As state lawmakers consider policy issues that could profoundly affect economic opportunities in communities across the country, they have a fundamental choice: whether to provide the resources to invest in schools, transportation, health care, safe communities, and other building blocks of economic growth, or cut taxes and skimp on public investment. 

States have many tools to promote...

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Our Top 5 Charts on State Taxes

April 6, 2016

To accompany our Countdown to Tax Day series of federal tax charts, here are five charts putting state taxes — and the programs they support — into context.

States provide many services that are crucial to the well-being of families, businesses, and communities and essential for the nation’s long-term economic growth...

In Focus: More Than Half of State Tax Revenues Fund Education and Health Care

Short-Sighted Tax Cuts Hurting Energy States

February 29, 2016

The severe financial problems confronting states that rely heavily on revenues from oil, natural gas, and other energy sources would be much less serious if those states hadn’t cut taxes in recent years.  If states like Louisiana, Oklahoma, and West Virginia had pursued a more fiscally responsible course, the recent plunge in energy prices wouldn’t have so badly harmed their ability to support...

Dollars Spent on Tax Cuts Would Help Plug Budget Holes

State EITCs: Helping Working Families and Communities Thrive

January 21, 2016

As state legislative sessions begin, policymakers can help keep people working, increase incomes, reduce financial hardship, and build an economy that works for everyone by following the 26 states and the District of Columbia that have created state Earned Income Tax...

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