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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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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