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California Looks to Build Opportunity, Address Housing Crisis

May 23, 2016

California policymakers have proposed ways to bolster the stock of affordable housing and help voucher holders access higher-opportunity neighborhoods — steps that will help struggling families contribute more fully to the economy and position the state for longer-term, more broadly...

Young Children Who Move to Lower Poverty Neighborhoods Using Vouchers Do Better As Adults

Oklahoma Undercuts Working Families

May 20, 2016

Oklahoma lawmakers have voted to cut the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by more than 70 percent, hitting 200,000 low-income working households, many of whom will lose the credit altogether.  The cut will raise just $29 million to help close a gaping $1.3 billion shortfall — which was largely caused by...

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A State Roadmap for Broadly Shared Prosperity

April 13, 2016

As state lawmakers consider policy issues that could profoundly affect economic opportunities in communities across the country, they have a fundamental choice: whether to provide the resources to invest in schools, transportation, health care, safe communities, and other building blocks of economic growth, or cut taxes and skimp on public investment. 

States have many tools to promote...

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Our Top 5 Charts on State Taxes

April 6, 2016

To accompany our Countdown to Tax Day series of federal tax charts, here are five charts putting state taxes — and the programs they support — into context.

States provide many services that are crucial to the well-being of families, businesses, and communities and essential for the nation’s long-term economic growth...

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

Short-Sighted Tax Cuts Hurting Energy States

February 29, 2016

The severe financial problems confronting states that rely heavily on revenues from oil, natural gas, and other energy sources would be much less serious if those states hadn’t cut taxes in recent years.  If states like Louisiana, Oklahoma, and West Virginia had pursued a more fiscally responsible course, the recent plunge in energy prices wouldn’t have so badly harmed their ability to support...

Dollars Spent on Tax Cuts Would Help Plug Budget Holes

State EITCs: Helping Working Families and Communities Thrive

January 21, 2016

As state legislative sessions begin, policymakers can help keep people working, increase incomes, reduce financial hardship, and build an economy that works for everyone by following the 26 states and the District of Columbia that have created state Earned Income Tax...

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Exposing Misleading "Business Climate" Rankings

January 19, 2016

The new website Grading the States: Business Climate Rankings and the Real Path to Prosperity debunks the state rankings from several organizations purporting to measure each state’s “business climate” and prospects for economic growth.  These rankings don't amount to much more than calls for cutting or eliminating taxes and rolling back...

ALEC Gets it Backwards

Inclusive State Policies Can Benefit Unauthorized Immigrants and State Economies

October 29, 2015

More inclusive state proposals on unauthorized immigrants may gather momentum next year if the courts uphold President Obama’s executive actions allowing many to work legally in the United States.  Our...

Unauthorized Workers Most at Risk of Wage Violations

Slow Progress for Struggling People in the States, Census Data Show

September 18, 2015

While every state made important gains in health coverage in 2014, the new Census figures show, few states made progress in easing their residents’ struggles to meet basic needs.  Both the gains and shortcomings underscore the critical role that state and federal investments can play in helping...

poverty fell in just 12 states in 2014 - share of PEOPLE

Study: TABOR Creates a “Toxic Formula”

September 9, 2015

TABOR — the rigid and flawed formula limiting state and local revenue growth that’s locked into Colorado’s constitution — has had a serious unforeseen impact on property taxpayers, according to a...

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