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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

Budget Process Improvements Can Help States Make Better Decisions

April 26, 2016

Virginia’s recently enacted 2017 budget creates a unit within the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to track the cost and effectiveness of tax incentives designed to promote economic development.  That’s a positive step:  our 2014 report ...


It’s Time to Invest in Schools

March 30, 2016

The country is $46 billion a year behind what it should spend on building and repairing K-12 schools to provide healthy and safe modern facilities, a new report from the 21st Century School Fund, the National Council on School Facilities, and the U.S. Green Building Council finds.  This neglect hurts students...

School Repair Needs Are Highest Where Low-Income Families Live

States Can Balance Investments in Infrastructure and Other Priorities

March 9, 2016

Now is an especially good time for states to invest in infrastructure assets that are key to long-term economic growth, but these much-needed investments shouldn’t come at the expense of priorities like schools and health care.  Washington, for example, is doing it right; Mississippi...

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Investing in Infrastructure: A Good Strategy for State Economic Growth

February 26, 2016

Some states have cut taxes and offered corporate subsidies in recent years in misguided efforts to boost their economies, even as they neglect overdue and...

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Reinvesting in Infrastructure Would Boost State Economies

February 23, 2016

State and local investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure has fallen to a 30-year low.  Reversing this decline is key to creating good jobs and promoting full economic recovery — and it’s an especially good time for states to do it, as we explain in a...

State and Local Spending on Infrastructure Is at 30-Year Low

Weaker Unions Could Lead to More Income Inequality in States

January 8, 2016

The Supreme Court will consider a case next week that could have implications for income inequality, which has been growing across the country and in individual states since the 1970s, as we’ve documented here and...

Public Workers in States That Allow Fair Share Fees Are Twice as Likely to Join a Union