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  • Policy Basics: Property Tax Caps
    December 18, 2008

    The property tax is a major source of funding for public safety, schools, roads, libraries, and other services in most American communities.  In recent decades, concern over rising property tax bills has led a number of states to impose some form of limit on the amount of property tax revenue …
  • Suozzi's Statement Ignores Truth About Massachusetts' Property Tax Cap
    Iris J. Lav
    May 28, 2008

    On May 21, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report, “Hidden Consequences: Lessons from Massachusetts for States Considering a Property Tax Cap.”   The same day, Thomas Suozzi, the Chairman of New York’s Property Tax Relief Commission, issued a …
  • Fixing TABOR's "Ratchet" Will Not Repair TABOR
    Iris J. Lav
    April 10, 2008

    Proponents of adopting a tight TABOR limit in Florida sometimes claim that Florida would not experience the same negative effects on the economy and public services that occurred in Colorado. They argue that Colorado’s problems stemmed entirely from one feature of its TABOR, the so-called “ratchet.” (The ratchet, …
  • A Response to Americans for Prosperity's Misleading Claims About Florida's TABOR (CP 45)
    Iris J. Lav[1]
    March 25, 2008

    Americans for Prosperity recently issued a critique of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ analysis of the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission’s revenue cap proposal. In its critique, Americans for Prosperity made several false claims. This analysis addresses the major flaws in their critique. There is no disagreement between the Center and Americans for Prosperity about the large size of the …
  • The Tax Commission's TABOR: A Path to Deterioration in Florida
    Iris J. Lav
    March 21, 2008

    The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission will soon consider placing an amendment on the ballot to tightly limit revenue growth for state and local governments.[1] This proposal, CP 45, deserves a great deal of attention because it shares the fundamental characteristics of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR): it is a …
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