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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...

State Legislative Chamber

States Looking to Strengthen Earned Income Tax Credits

March 30, 2015

As states continue to turn the corner on the Great Recession, policymakers in a number of states are looking to help low-paid working families by creating or expanding refundable state earned income tax credits (EITCs). These credits build on the federal EITC...

Kansas Isn’t the Only Tax-Cutting State With Budget Woes

January 16, 2015

As we noted this morning, Kansas is the poster child for the harmful consequences of large state tax cuts, which can open up huge budget holes and undermine the foundations of a strong state economy, like a high-quality education system. But Kansas isn’t the only state experiencing pain of its own...

Child Poverty Remains High, But States Can Make a Difference

September 19, 2014

Update, September 22:  We’ve corrected the map in this post. 

More than half of the states plus the District of Columbia had child poverty rates of 20 percent or higher last year (see map), new data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show, and in some states — like New Mexico and Mississippi — poverty affected as many as one in three kids.  Such...

Poverty Above Pre-Recession Levels in 47 States, New Census Data Show

September 18, 2014

Poverty remained above pre-recession levels last year in 47 states plus the District of Columbia, our analysis of Census data issued this morning shows (see chart).  In some states, the increase was substantial — in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, and Nevada, poverty rates were four to...

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,
  • ...