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States Can Extract Lessons from Energy-Related Revenue Woes

February 14, 2017

Energy-producing states that rely heavily on volatile energy-related tax revenues offer a cautionary tale for other states, our new report shows. The short-sighted fiscal actions that energy-producing states took — and things they didn’t do — show how...

Dollars Spent on Tax Cuts Would Help Plug Budget Holes

New Jersey’s Inequality Problem

January 9, 2017

Former New Jersey treasury officials recently took issue with my report on state tax policies and income inequality, which found New Jersey among the states...

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A State-by-State Look at Income Inequality

December 15, 2016

Our state-by-state fact sheets that accompany our report on income inequality show that the concentration of incomes among the wealthiest residents is striking in every state.  And...

Income Inequality in New York: A Snapshot

New Jersey Takes Wrong Road to Invest in Infrastructure

October 13, 2016

A New Jersey measure to raise gas tax revenue for transportation projects while cutting other taxes would “worsen the state’s existing budget challenges” by leaving less money for other state needs, Moody’s credit rating agency warned this week.  While now is an...


State Spending Caps No Formula for Budget Success

September 19, 2016

Most states have laws limiting spending growth — or, less often, tax revenue — according to formulas based on factors like growth in personal income, population, or inflation.  But voters and policymakers are coming to recognize the problems with these caps.  Attempts to impose caps have failed in recent years in Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, and Washington, and a legislative commission in...

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Rainy Day Fund “Fix” Would Reduce North Carolina’s Ability to Budget Responsibly

July 1, 2016

North Carolina’s House may soon consider a Senate-passed proposal that would amend the state constitution to establish a new rainy day fund.  States should have strong reserves, but this proposal would hamstring decision-makers and hurt the state’s fiscal health.  ...


States Must Address Growing Inequality

June 29, 2016

States can take many steps to push back against the growing inequality that I described yesterday.  We’ve identified these three policies that they can adopt:

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Inequality Has Grown in All 50 States

June 28, 2016

The gaps between the richest and poorest families have grown in every state since the late 1970s, a new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows. The top 1 percent’s share of income is close to its 1928 peak (see chart)....

Inequality Near 1928 Peak

State Infrastructure Investments Pay Off Now and Later

May 18, 2016

Just in time for Infrastructure Week, a new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers highlights the deterioration in our roads, bridges, water treatment systems, and other infrastructure. As our ...

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States Should Retain Their Estate Taxes

May 11, 2016

Lawmakers in several states including New Jersey and Rhode Island are debating whether to reduce or even eliminate their states’ estate taxes. ...

18 States and the District of Columbia Tax Inherited Wealth