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  • The Problems with Property Tax Revenue Caps
    Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
    June 21, 2007

    Several states (Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Texas) have recently considered imposing severe caps on property tax revenue.[1]  These caps restrict the amount that property tax revenue can increase from year to year to a low fixed percentage, a formula based on the inflation rate, or some combination of the two.…
  • Press Release: Governor's Property-Tax Cap the Wrong Solution for Connecticut, Analyst Advises
    May 4, 2007

    Governor Rell’s proposed cap on property taxes is the wrong solution for the recently rising property tax burdens faced by many Connecticut households, the deputy director of the Center on Budget on Policy Priorities told state lawmakers Friday. In testimony before the General …
  • A Frigid Forecast for the Sunshine State: Proposed Revenue Cap as Damaging as Colorado’s TABOR
    Karen Lyons and Iris J. Lav
    March 20, 2007

    Recently, the Speaker and other leaders of Florida’s House of Representatives unveiled details of their comprehensive property tax relief proposal. One component is a constitutional limit on state and local revenue growth.[1] This proposal deserves a great deal of attention because it is almost a carbon copy of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights …
  • Lower Taxes and Economic Growth: Response to a Flawed Analysis
    Iris J. Lav and Kim S. Rueben
    March 20, 2007

    When the Speaker and other leaders of Florida’s House of Representatives released their plan to roll back property taxes and place a tight growth limit on state and local revenues, they included a report in their release by the firm of Arduin, Laffer & Moore that claims lower taxes will lead to higher economic growth. This report takes an …
  • A TABOR at Heart: South Carolina's H. 3295 Spending Cap Proposal
    Karen Lyons
    March 9, 2007

    A proposed bill in South Carolina to limit state spending — H. 3295 —  contains the core element of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).  It limits spending using a formula based on population growth plus inflation.  H. 3295 can therefore be expected to cause a deterioration in public services in South Carolina similar …
  • Improving State Fiscal Policies in The 2007 Legislative Sessions
    Nicholas Johnson
    Revised January 26, 2007

    State policymakers can make substantial improvements to their state fiscal systems in 2007 legislative sessions.  This paper is a guide to relevant Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analyses that describe some opportunities for improvement as well as challenges that states may face this year.  Each of these analyses …
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