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  • When and How States Should Strengthen Their Rainy Day Funds
    Elizabeth McNichol
    April 16, 2014

    With the budget challenges of the Great Recession and its aftermath still fresh in their minds, state policymakers are considering ways to strengthen their “rainy day funds” — budget reserves for use when recessions or other unexpected events cause revenue declines or spending increases.  It is still …
  • Tax Foundation Figures Do Not Represent Typical Households' Tax Burdens
    Chuck Marr and Chye-Ching Huang
    April 7, 2014

    The Tax Foundation released its annual “Tax Freedom Day” report today that, once again, can leave a strikingly misleading impression of tax burdens — showing an average federal tax rate across the United States that’s likely higher than the tax rate that 80 percent of U.S. households actually pay. To project the day when “the …
  • Policy Basics: Where Do Our State Tax Dollars Go?
    Updated March 27, 2014

    As state revenues recover from the recession and some states face unexpected surpluses, policymakers continue to confront major choices about how to pay for important services now and in the future. To inform this crucial decision making, it is useful to examine where state tax dollars go as …
  • Media Briefing: Impact of Kansas’ Massive Tax Cuts Should Be a Warning to Other States
    March 26, 2014

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities held a conference call briefing to discuss a new report that examines the impact of Kansas’ large 2012 tax cuts and offers lessons for states considering similar policies. Michael Leachman, director of state fiscal research, discussed large revenue …
  • Proponents' Case for a Federally-Imposed Business Activity Tax Nexus Threshold Has Little Merit
    Michael Mazerov
    Updated February 28, 2014

    A bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives would strip states of their current authority to tax a fair share of the profits of many corporations that are based out-of-state but do business within their borders.  The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the “Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of …
  • Proposed “Business Activity Tax Nexus” Legislation Would Seriously Undermine State Taxes on Corporate Profits And Harm the Economy
    Michael Mazerov
    Updated February 26, 2014

    A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would strip states and localities of their current authority to tax a fair share of the profits of many corporations that are based out-of-state but do business within their borders.  It would reduce state and local governments’ revenues by at least $2 billion in the very first …
  • What Really Is the Evidence on Taxes and Growth?
    Chye-Ching Huang and Nathaniel Frentz[1]
    February 18, 2014

    A 2012 Tax Foundation report asserted that “nearly every empirical study of taxes and economic growth published in a peer-reviewed academic journal finds that tax increases harm economic growth.”[2]  The report cited 26 studies (19 on the impact of federal or national taxes on national growth and seven on the …
  • Media Briefing: Budgeting for the Future: Are States Planning for the Long Run?
    February 4, 2014

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities held a conference call briefing to discuss a new report that examines the extent to which states conduct long-term budget planning. The report ranks the states on the degree to which they use key tools that can help states chart their fiscal course …
  • Budgeting for the Future: Fiscal Planning Tools Can Show the Way
    Elizabeth McNichol, Vincent Palacios, and Nicholas Johnson
    February 4, 2014

    Links: PDF of Full Report State Fact Sheets Spreadsheet of Table 1 Spreadsheet of Appendix Tables Executive Summary When state policymakers are writing a budget, they should be mindful of the future, not just the present.  The state budget is the single most important document that a state government produces each year, and it receives close public scrutiny.  It serves as both a financial plan and a policy document — that is, a description of the policies the state intends to pursue in the future.…
  • State Fact Sheets: Budgeting for the Future - Fiscal Planning Tools Can Show the Way
    February 4, 2014

    Budgeting for the Future: Fiscal Planning Tools Can Show the Way describes the ten key tools that can help states chart their fiscal course accurately and make corrections when needed; it also surveys the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the degree to which they use these tools.  Below are links to state fact sheets summarizing the survey findings for …
  • Most States Fall Short on Long-Term Budget Planning
    February 4, 2014

    Almost every state should adopt a much more rigorous approach to their long-term budget planning, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  The report ranks the states on the degree to which they use ten proven tools to help states chart their fiscal course accurately and make mid-course corrections when needed.  …
  • States Can Adopt or Expand Earned Income Tax Credits to Build a Stronger Future Economy
    Erica Williams and Michael Leachman
    January 30, 2014

    Half of all states plus the District of Columbia have enacted their own version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help working families earning low wages meet basic needs.  State EITCs build on the success of the federal credit by keeping working parents on the job and families and children out of poverty.…
  • Policy Basics: State Earned Income Tax Credits
    Updated January 2, 2014

    Twenty-six states (counting the District of Columbia) have created earned income tax credits (EITCs) to help families struggling to get by on low wages, make ends meet, and provide basic necessities for their children. These credits build on the benefits of the federal EITC, offering a hand up to …
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