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  • Policy Basics: State Supermajority Rules to Raise Revenues
    April 22, 2013

    Legislatures in most states (34 states plus the District of Columbia) can approve tax bills with a simple majority vote in each house, the same margin required for practically every other bill.  In the other 16 states, some or all tax bills require a supermajority vote of each house (plus the …
  • Policy Basics: Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR)
    Updated February 15, 2013

    A Taxpayer Bill of Rights or TABOR is a constitutional measure that limits the annual growth in state and local revenues to the sum of the inflation rate and the percentage change in the state’s population. (For example, if the general inflation rate is 2 percent and the state’s …
  • Four Big Threats to State Finances Could Undermine Future U.S. Prosperity
    Nicholas Johnson and Michael Leachman
    February 14, 2013

    Without adequate revenues, states and localities cannot continue providing public services like education, health care, and infrastructure that lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.  But state revenue systems face four serious challenges.  The most severe recession in seven decades blasted holes in state budgets from …
  • ALEC Tax and Budget Proposals Would Slash Public Services and Jeopardize Economic Growth
    Erica Williams and Nicholas Johnson
    February 12, 2013

    Governors and legislatures in numerous states are considering, or have recently enacted, sweeping tax and budget proposals that follow recommendations of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), with potentially adverse consequences for middle- and lower-income families, individuals, and communities across the country. These policies …
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