Senior Director of State Policy Initiatives
Everyone in America — regardless of where they were born, the state where they live, the color of their skin, or the size of their bank account — should have the opportunity to achieve their goals. But ensuring broad opportunity and prosperity won’t happen by chance. Smart state fiscal policies play a critical role.
Our four-point fiscal policy blueprint maps out how state lawmakers can build thriving state economies. Our blueprint prioritizes public investments to maximize people’s ability to succeed and rejects a tax-cutting agenda that has long dominated in many states. Good schools in every community, family economic supports, health coverage, and high-quality infrastructure — not tax cuts for the highest-income households — help every person reach their potential, support job-creating entrepreneurs, and enable state communities and economies to thrive.
To build thriving communities and economies, state lawmakers can:
The tax cuts that state lawmakers have pursued, and that federal lawmakers are now advocating, have typically failed to produce economic benefits for the broad majority. Instead, much of the economic gains of recent decades has accrued to a small number of wealthy Americans while progress for people of color, women, and those with lower incomes has plateaued at best. Such state tax cuts have squandered resources that states otherwise could have invested in shared opportunity. The best plan for building strong state economies is one that unlocks human potential, improves quality of life, and sets up entrepreneurs for success.