Reports by Karen Lyons

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  • A Response to the Independence Institute’s Attack on "The Real Story Behind TABOR” Video
    Karen Lyons
    October 23, 2006

    In September of 2006, the Independence Institute, a conservative think tank from Colorado, issued a paper entitled, “In TABOR Benefits Colorado’s Citizens: A response to misleading video.” This paper criticizes a video released by CBPP in November 2005 (“The Real Story Behind TABOR”: quicktime | windows media) that details …
  • Double Jeopardy for Local Services Under TABOR
    Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
    Revised October 5, 2006

    Proponents of Maine’s TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) — a ballot initiative that would place strict spending limits on state and local governments — have been marketing this proposal as a property tax relief package.[1] This is false advertising: TABOR would not create a sustainable reduction in property taxes. …
  • SOS (TABOR) Will Not Jumpstart Michigan's Economy
    Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
    July 18, 2006

    Michigan’s economy is in dire straits. Between 2000 and 2005, Michigan’s six percent decline in employment was the lowest employment growth in the nation and its personal income growth was second lowest among the states. Proponents of the Stop Overspending (SOS) initiative — a constitutional amendment modeled after Colorado’s …
  • A State of Decline
    Karen Lyons
    July 14, 2006

    If the proposed Tax and Spending Control (TASC) initiative— a constitutional amendment to limit expenditures similar to Colorado’s TABOR —had been effective since the 1991-93 biennium in Nevada, state services would have deteriorated substantially in the ensuing 15 years.[1] By limiting state spending growth to a …
  • A Taxpayer Bill of Rights by Any Other Name
    Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
    April 21, 2006

    A proposed ballot initiative in Montana to limitstate spending — “Stop OverSpending” or SOS — is similar in its basic structureand effect to Colorado’s TABOR. Montana’s SOS proposal includes all threefactors that make Colorado’s TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) the most severestate budget …
  • The Same Old TABOR: Maine's "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" Proposal Fails To Fix Flaws of Colorado's TABOR
    Iris J. Lav and Karen Lyons
    March 16, 2006

    A ballot initiative proposal in Maine — “An Act to Create a Taxpayer Bill of Rights” — would impose tight limits on state expenditures that would shrink available public services such as education and health care in the same way that Colorado’s TABOR has led to a deterioration in that state.[1] …
  • Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends
    Jared Bernstein, Elizabeth McNichol and Karen Lyons
    January 26, 2006

    Executive Summary The worst effects of the 2001 recession have largely been left behind. The return of economic growth is good news, but this good news is tempered by the fact that the troubling trends in income distribution during the last decades of the 20th century persist in the current …
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