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North Carolina Lawmakers Chart the Wrong Course

May 23, 2013

North Carolina’s Senate yesterday passed a budget that undermines key services, including education.  This is one more step in the wrong direction for the state’s policymakers, who have spent this legislative session debating how much to cut taxes for the wealthy, how much to raise taxes on...

North Carolina Should Reinstate Its EITC

May 13, 2013

The Tax Foundation’s Elizabeth Malm recently expressed concern on an issue about which we have already weighed in — North Carolina’s decision in March to eliminate its Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which provides important support for low-wage working families.  Before we get to Malm, here’s what you need to know:

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After Cutting Jobless Benefits, North Carolina Takes Aim at Working-Family Tax Credit

February 21, 2013

The North Carolina House of Representatives voted yesterday to end the state’s earned income tax credit (EITC) for working families at the end of the year.  Coming on the heels of the state’s move last week to ...

ALEC’s Radical Tax and Budget Agenda

February 12, 2013

Numerous states are considering — and some have already enacted — sweeping tax and budget proposals that follow recommendations of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), our new analysis explains, and middle- and lower-income residents could end up paying the price.  These proposals would:...

The TABOR Battle Comes (Back) to Florida

September 21, 2012

Florida is the latest battleground in an ongoing effort by national anti-government organizations to push for severe revenue limits in state constitutions.

As our new report explains, the question of whether to restrict annual...

Costly Tax Plan Advances in Kansas

May 1, 2012

Kansas lawmakers are moving forward with a costly plan to make deep cuts to income taxes — with the biggest benefits going to wealthy individuals and profitable corporations — and to help pay for it with higher taxes on the working poor.  The plan also could very well lead to more cuts to an already underfunded school system.

The plan, which a House-Senate conference committee approved...

States Slashing Income Taxes Will Find There’s No Free Lunch

March 23, 2012

Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma are considering sharply reducing their income taxes or phasing them out entirely.  But there is no free lunch, as our analysis of the nine states without an income tax (AK, FL, NV, NH, SD,...

The Downside of Cutting Taxes at All Costs

February 16, 2012

A new tax plan from leaders in the Kansas House of Representatives is a prime example of how a misguided focus on cutting taxes at all costs can lead to bad fiscal policy that threatens to weaken a state’s economy.

The proposal would:

  • Cut income taxes virtually every year, and eventually repeal the individual and corporate income tax. The bill would require
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Child Poverty Up in Most States, with Damaging Consequences

September 26, 2011

We reported last week that, in 40 states, the share of the population below half the poverty line increased between 2007 (when the recession hit) and 2010. Today, we note that child poverty is also up in the vast majority of states. Census data released last week show that:

A Lost Decade in the Fight Against Poverty

September 14, 2011

The poverty rate rose by a statistically significant amount in 32 states over the past decade and didn’t fall by such an amount in any state, according to preliminary state figures the Census Bureau released yesterday (see map).

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