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February 16, 2017

Michigan lawmakers are seriously considering bills to start phasing out the state’s income tax sooner than scheduled under current law. Both proposals would likely force some combination of deep cuts in critical services like education, health care, and infrastructure and increases in sales and other regressive taxes. And, just as Kansas learned from its disastrous “experiment,” cutting...

After Tax Cuts, Kansas' Economy Underperforming U.S.
February 14, 2017

Energy-producing states that rely heavily on volatile energy-related tax revenues offer a cautionary tale for other states, our new report shows. The short-sighted fiscal actions that energy-producing states took — and things they didn’t do — show how...

Dollars Spent on Tax Cuts Would Help Plug Budget Holes
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
February 7, 2017

Five years ago, Kansas cut income taxes deeply, on the theory that it would generate a burst of economic growth. But rather than booming, Kansas’ economy has grown more slowly than the rest of...

State Legislative Chamber
January 12, 2017

Tazra Mitchell is a Policy Analyst with the Center’s Family Income Support team. Before joining CBPP, she worked in Raleigh at the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center as a part of the Center’s State Policy Fellowship — a program designed to expand the diversity...

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January 9, 2017

Former New Jersey treasury officials recently took issue with my report on state tax policies and income inequality, which found New Jersey among the states...

money on scales
December 15, 2016

Our state-by-state fact sheets that accompany our report on income inequality show that the concentration of incomes among the wealthiest residents is striking in every state.  And...

Income Inequality in New York: A Snapshot
December 9, 2016

Tax-cut advocate Arthur Laffer tells the Financial Times that tax cuts like President-elect Trump’s plan, which would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans, would...

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November 11, 2016

The number of states in which marijuana is now legal more than doubled this week as Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and California approved ballot measures.  As marijuana sales emerge from the shadows, their modest revenues may make it a bit easier for states to fulfill voter expectations for high-quality schools and other public investments.

Marijuana legalization ballot initiatives...

CA State House
November 10, 2016

Missouri voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment to prohibit the state from ever broadening its sales tax base — and that of local governments — beyond what was subject to the tax as of January 2015.  That will lock in the state’s inequitable taxation of goods and services and hamstring its future revenue-raising capacity.

As I’ve...

Service Sector Growth Erodes Sale Tax Base

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