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Two Policy Tools States Can Use to Build a Broader Recovery

September 3, 2014

Low-wage workers need a boost.  In the last few years, their wages have fallen sharply and now are no different than they were 40 years ago, adjusted for inflation (see chart), leaving millions struggling to afford basics like decent housing in safe neighborhoods, nutritious food, reliable transportation, and quality child care.  As we detail in a...

More Time Unlikely to Fix Kansas’ Poor Strategy for Growth

July 9, 2014

Heritage’s Stephen Moore argues that Kansas’ tax cuts, which have led to deep revenue declines that will make it harder for the state to invest in education and other drivers of long-term prosperity, just need more time to boost its...

Do’s and Don’ts for Stronger State Economies

June 24, 2014

A number of proactive fiscal policies can prime states for a more prosperous future, our updated guide explains.  They include:

  • Target economy-boosting investments.  Research shows that investing in services like education, transportation,
  • ...

Several States Considering Doing More for Working Families

February 11, 2014

A number of states are considering creating or expanding earned income tax credits (EITCs), Pew Stateline explains, an idea that has received support from both sides of the aisle.  That’s great news for low- and moderate-income working families.  It’s also good...

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:


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...