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States Must Improve Finances in Antiracist Response to COVID-19

October 22, 2020

To achieve an antiracist and inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19’s ravaging of jobs and state budgets, states must fill their revenue shortfalls in equitable ways while building a foundation to grow thriving, inclusive communities.

COVID-19 and the...

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California Criminal Fee Repeal a Big Step for Racial Justice, Equitable Policy

October 14, 2020

In a victory for fiscal policy and racial justice, California has repealed some county fees and eliminated the related unpaid debt. As other states consider how to respond to the COVID-19 recession in ways that dismantle racial and economic barriers, they should...

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Census: Pre-Pandemic Economic Gains Uneven Across States, Races

September 18, 2020

The economic gains before COVID-19 sent the economy tumbling were uneven across states as well as racial and ethnic groups, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data that the Census Bureau released yesterday. And the pandemic wiped out much of this...

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Protecting Against Separate and Unequal K-12 Funding Amid COVID-19

May 15, 2020

Sixty-six years after the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision found racial segregation in schools unconstitutional, COVID-19 is presenting new challenges to families and education advocates who are still fighting to ensure that states uphold their education funding obligations. The state budget crisis could prompt states to lean heavily on K-12 funding cuts, likely...

School Funding Increases Lead to Big Gains for Poor Kids

States’ Senior Tax Breaks Reinforce Unequal Wealth, Income by Race

August 1, 2019

Most states provide costly, poorly targeted income tax breaks to seniors regardless of their income, reinforcing the unequal distribution of income and wealth that was driven in part by years of discrimination and other barriers for people of color. Re-targeting...

White Seniors Likelier to Have Retirement Account Income

65 Years After Brown v. Board of Education, More Suits Over Education Equity

May 16, 2019

Sixty-five years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision that found racial segregation in schools unconstitutional, families and education advocates are still suing to compel states to uphold their education funding obligations. But policymakers could avoid court disputes altogether by ensuring the proper level and distribution of money in their K-12 budgets...

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State Millionaires’ Taxes Can Advance Racial Justice

March 15, 2019

States can help reverse the harmful legacy of racism and racial discrimination by changing how they raise and spend money. Robust public investments in schools, health care, and infrastructure can create more opportunities for people of color. One way states can raise the needed revenue is by creating or strengthening “millionaires’ taxes” – higher tax rates at high income levels, as...

White Households Three Times Likelier Than Black and Latinx Households to Be in Top 1%

Many States Facing Suits Over K-12 Funding

April 26, 2018

As teacher strikes bring attention to underfunded public schools, families and education advocates are suing to compel states to uphold statutory or constitutional obligations on education funding. But policymakers could avoid court disputes altogether by ensuring the proper level and distribution...

School Funding Increases Lead to Big Gains for Poor Kids