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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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North Carolina Should Reject TABOR — Again

August 13, 2015

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a misguided constitutional amendment that would lock in low spending levels dating from the recession and force more cuts to education and other services over time.  

Thirty states have considered this kind of amendment, known as a TABOR or taxpayer bill of...

Thirty States Have Seen Serious TABOR Threats Since 2004

State EITCs — 26 and Counting

June 25, 2015

California just became the 26th state (and 27th jurisdiction, counting the District of Columbia) to adopt a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s 2016 budget yesterday, thereby enacting a credit that will provide $380...

Twenty-six States and DC Have Enacted EITCs, 2015

3 Reasons Why Kansas’ Shift to Sales Taxes Is a Bad Idea

June 18, 2015

Kansas closed its latest budget shortfall in part by raising sales taxes — for the second time in three years — to help pay for its massive income tax cuts.  This shift from income to sales taxes is not in Kansas’ (or any state’s) interest, for three main reasons.

  1. It shifts taxes from

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Kansas Has Raised Taxes at the Bottom, Cut Them at the Top

State EITCs Narrow the Gap Between Rich and Poor

June 1, 2015

Growing income inequality is a huge challenge facing the nation, and a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston shows that...

Twenty-five States and D.C. Have Enacted EITCs, 2015

Momentum Builds for a California EITC

May 15, 2015

California could soon join the growing number of states with state earned income tax credits (EITCs).  Governor Jerry Brown proposed one in his revised budget that he released yesterday, and California lawmakers have...

Twenty-five States and D.C. Have Enacted EITCs, 2015

More Kansas Republicans Acknowledging Harsh Tax-Cut Reality

May 13, 2015

Update, September 29, 2017: We’ve deleted a paragraph from this post that was based on information released by the Brownback administration that later proved inaccurate.

Facing a $400 million shortfall in next year’s budget, Kansas’ Republican-led legislature...

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