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May 26, 2017

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Quill decision, which has cost states and localities tens of billions of dollars in uncollected sales taxes and hurt many local businesses. Quill reaffirmed a 1967 decision...

May 24, 2017

President Trump’s budget would shift massive new costs to states by cutting federal funding for health care, food assistance, and many other areas. States can’t afford to assume these costs without raising taxes significantly so, instead, they’d very likely cut many key investments and public services.

Specifically, the Trump budget slashes:

Medicaid. The budget...
Budget Plans - Chartbook
May 24, 2017

Five years ago this week, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed one of the biggest income tax cuts a state has ever enacted, promising that they’d act “like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy.” Tax cut promoters Art Laffer and Stephen Moore, who helped design the cuts,...

May 19, 2017

Kansas lawmakers continue to debate how to find the revenue needed to fix a huge fiscal mess caused by the ill-advised, unaffordable tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback signed into law in 2012. It’s a challenge: they need both to close the latest massive shortfall in the state’s beleaguered budget...

May 1, 2017

The new Trump tax plan would rob states of revenues they need to serve their residents at a time when states already face significant fiscal distress, with over half of them projecting budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2018. And it would add to the problems...

Maine state house
April 26, 2017

Immigrants who came to the United States as children and benefit from the 2012 executive action that gave them temporary legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program pay $2 billion a year in state and local taxes that support schools, health care, and other essential services, a...

Young Undocumented Immigrants Pay More of Their Income in State & Local Taxes Than Top 1 Percent
April 18, 2017

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not lead to significant increases in state spending on Medicaid even as millions of low-income people gained health coverage, a new study in Health Affairs found. The findings refute Medicaid expansion critics’ continued...

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
April 6, 2017

Kansas voters overwhelmingly want their legislature to reverse the damaging tax cuts enacted five years ago at the behest of Governor Sam Brownback, but the governor and some of the state’s lawmakers are determined to keep a particularly costly provision — the state’s...

March 31, 2017

As of tomorrow, will be collecting and remitting state and local sales tax on the sales of its own merchandise in all 45 states that levy such a tax. That’s worthy of celebration. Amazon’s sales will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in...

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