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Census: Income Gains Uneven Across States, Racial and Ethnic Groups

October 8, 2019

Fewer Americans struggled to make ends meet in 2018, but progress on income growth was felt unevenly across states as well as racial and ethnic groups, new data from the Census...

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Inclusive State Policies Toward Immigrants Can Help Counter Nativist Federal Actions

August 21, 2019

The Trump Administration has launched numerous efforts – often wrapped in inflammatory, racist rhetoric — to marginalize immigrants, including community raids and deportations, the separation of children from families at the border, and rules around who may come to and stay in this country that hearken back to white supremacist ideas of who belongs here. But as our...

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New Mexico Investing in Children, Advancing Equity

April 16, 2019

New Mexico policymakers are strengthening communities and families with their new budget and tax plans. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed tax reforms into law last week that reduce tax breaks for multistate corporations and the wealthiest New Mexicans, boost incomes for 200,000 low-income households, and reduce the state’s overreliance on volatile oil revenues. Policymakers paired the tax...

Higher Income for Poor Children Expected to Boost Work and Earnings Later in Life

New State Lawmakers Should Focus on Building Equitable, Inclusive State Economies

November 9, 2018

Voters in a number of states approved ballot measures on Tuesday that should substantially enhance equity and inclusion. As newly elected governors — several of whom campaigned on boosting funding for schools and health — and legislators join with returning lawmakers in January, they should advance policies that ensure everyone has the chance to fulfill their potential regardless of where they...


States Should Adopt Policies to Boost Progress on Poverty and Income

September 14, 2018

After several years of lower poverty rates, higher income, and broader health coverage, gains slowed — and in some cases stalled — in the states in 2017, new Census data show. For example, fewer states reduced their share of people below the federal poverty line (about $25,000 for a family of four), according to...

Child Poverty Fell in Fewer States in 2017 Than 2016

States Should Adopt Policies to Help Dismantle Racial Barriers to Broader Prosperity

September 13, 2018

The benefits from the nation’s continuing economic recovery haven’t been shared equally across racial and ethnic groups, and even the gains that we’ve seen are slowing, new Census Bureau data show. That heightens the need for states to advance policies that can tear down racial and ethnic barriers to economic opportunity.

Building strong, thriving state economies and communities...

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States Boosting Opportunity for Young Immigrants by Expanding College Access

July 13, 2018

Lawmakers in several states this spring put a college education within reach for students who are undocumented, boosting opportunity for striving young people and helping strengthen their economies over the long term. These actions show that even at a time of turmoil for federal immigration policy, states can take an inclusive approach that will benefit all residents.

For example, in...

States With Inclusive Higher Education Policies for Immigrants

Maryland Likely to Expand EITC to Young Workers Without Kids

April 24, 2018

Maryland lawmakers this month passed, and Governor Larry Hogan is expected to support, legislation to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to an estimated 40,000 more low-income Marylanders by lowering the eligibility age for workers not raising children in their home from 25 to 18. That will help many young workers who are just entering the workforce and supporting themselves on very low wages.

States Expanding EITCs for Workers Not Raising Children in the Home

Tax Day 2018: Top State Tax Charts

April 11, 2018

To accompany our series of charts on federal tax issues, these charts put state taxes — and the services they support — into context.

State taxes help lay the foundation for economic opportunity and broad prosperity for families, businesses, and communities by...

More Than Half of State Tax Revenues Fund Education and Health Care

On Equal Pay Day, a Look at How EITCs Help Women in Every State

April 10, 2018

Today is Equal Pay Day, when we recognize the persistent gap in earnings between women and men. It’s also an opportunity to think about things that states can do — such as adopting or increasing state earned income tax credits (EITCs), raising minimum wages, and investing in child care and paid leave — to buoy low-paid women who support themselves and their families.

Looking at full-...

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