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  • The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2008
    Phil Oliff and Ashali Singham[1]
    November 4, 2009

    While some working-poor families get help lifting themselves out of poverty through exemptions from state income taxes, in many states they continue to face substantial state income tax liability. An analysis of state income tax systems for the 2008 tax year shows that: In 16 of the 42 states that levy income taxes, two-parent …
  • Myths and Realities About How States Are Using Economic Recovery Act Funds
    Nicholas Johnson and Phil Oliff
    July 9, 2009

    Two major misconceptions about how state governments are using funds from the economic recovery law that President Obama and Congress enacted early this year are contributing to a broader misunderstanding about whether the law is, in fact, helping the U.S. economy. Evidence that includes a major new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) …
  • Federal Fiscal Relief Is Working As Intended
    Phil Oliff, Jon Shure, and Nicholas Johnson [1]
    Updated June 29, 2009

    As dire as the states’ fiscal condition is — with dramatic revenue downturns leading in some cases to unprecedented service cuts — evidence shows this bad situation would be substantially worse if not for federal recovery assistance. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act package enacted in February included about $140 billion for states …
  • Most States Are Cutting Education
    Nicholas Johnson, Jeremy Koulish and Phil Oliff
    Updated February 10, 2009

    Note: Please see Most States are Imposing Cuts that Hurt Vulnerable Residents for updated information about education cuts in state budgets. Thirty-six states have cut education or proposed such cuts because they face massive, devastating budget deficits in this recession.  The combination of rising unemployment, declining consumer …
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