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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,
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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:

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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 ...

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