State Budget and Tax

Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession

At a time when states and the nation need workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to the complexities of a global economy, the decline in state educational investment is cause for concern.

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State and local governments are the main source of funding for K-12 education, public colleges and universities, health care, transportation, public safety, and many other services — including services for low-income and other vulnerable residents.  They finance these services mostly through taxes and fees, primarily income and sales taxes.  (Not every state has an income and sales tax.)  Unlike the federal government, states must balance their budgets on an annual basis.

Policy Basics:
- Policy Basics: The ABCs of State Budgets
- Where Do Our State Tax Dollars Go?
- Property Tax Caps
- Tax Payer Bill of Rights (TABOR)
- State Earned Income Tax Credits

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The Center’s State Fiscal Project works with state officials and state-based nonprofits to develop responsible budget and tax policies that take the needs of low-income families into account.  We provide information and technical assistance on a variety of issues, including strengthening state tax systems, state budget priorities, and making low-income programs more effective.  We also help state nonprofits understand how federal budget and tax decisions affect states and their residents.

 

Of Interest

Tax Flight Is a Myth:
Higher State Taxes Bring More Revenue, Not More Migration

A Common-Sense Strategy for Fixing State Pension Problems in Tough Economic Times

Promoting State Budget Accountability Through Tax Expenditure Reporting

Expanding Sales Taxation of Services: Options and Issues

Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Inequality


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The State Priorities Partnership brings together nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit organizations in more than 40 states. These organizations have diverse backgrounds and missions, but they share a commitment to rigorous policy analysis, responsible budget and tax policies, a particular focus on the needs of low- and moderate-income families.

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