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Repeal of State and Local Deduction Is a Poor Trade for Tax Cuts for Wealthy

October 24, 2017

The tax plan from President Trump and congressional Republican leaders would end the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) — which allows taxpayers who itemize deductions on their federal income taxes to deduct state and local property taxes and either state and local income taxes or general sales taxes — and use the revenue to pay for marginal income-tax rate cuts. Our...

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Cassidy-Graham Would Hit State Budgets Hard, Restrict State Flexibility

September 22, 2017

Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would annually shift tens and then hundreds of billions in health care costs to the states and also make it harder for states to raise their own share of Medicaid funds — despite Cassidy and Graham’s statements about respecting state flexibility. This one-two punch would severely strain state...

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For States, Trump Budget Represents a Massive Cost Shift

May 24, 2017

President Trump’s budget would shift massive new costs to states by cutting federal funding for health care, food assistance, and many other areas. States can’t afford to assume these costs without raising taxes significantly so, instead, they’d very likely cut many key investments and public services.

Specifically, the Trump budget slashes:

  • Medicaid. The budget
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Timeline: 5 Years of Kansas’ Tax-Cut Disaster

May 24, 2017

Update, June 7:  On June 6, the Kansas legislature, by a bipartisan two-thirds majority, overrode Gov. Brownback’s veto of a bill reversing most of the Brownback tax cuts.  We’ve update the timeline below accordingly.

Five years ago this week, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed one of the biggest income tax cuts a state has ever enacted, promising that they’d act “like a shot...


Common-Sense Principles for Solving Kansas’ School Funding Crisis

May 19, 2017

Kansas lawmakers continue to debate how to find the revenue needed to fix a huge fiscal mess caused by the ill-advised, unaffordable tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback signed into law in 2012. It’s a challenge: they need both to close the latest massive shortfall in the state’s beleaguered budget...


Nevada Joins Maryland, New Mexico in Rescinding Calls for a Constitutional Convention

May 10, 2017

Nevada lawmakers yesterday unanimously rescinded the state’s past resolutions calling for a national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. That’s important because other states — misled by arguments from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other groups — are calling for a convention, which...

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Kansas Can’t Afford To Keep Its Cut to the Top Income Tax Rate

April 6, 2017

Kansas voters overwhelmingly want their legislature to reverse the damaging tax cuts enacted five years ago at the behest of Governor Sam Brownback, but the governor and some of the state’s lawmakers are determined to keep a particularly costly provision — the state’s...


New Mexico Wisely Rescinds Call for Constitutional Convention

March 16, 2017

New Mexico lawmakers yesterday rescinded the state’s resolutions of decades ago calling for a national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. That’s important because other states – misled by arguments from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other groups – are calling for a convention...

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Kansas’ K-12 Funding Just One Casualty of Unaffordable Tax Cuts

March 2, 2017

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled today that state funding for education is inadequate and set a June 30 deadline for lawmakers to raise revenue for schools. Kansas’ failure to adequately fund education is just part of the damaging fallout from the huge tax cuts that the...

Five of Eight States With Deepest K-12 Cuts Also Cut Income Taxes

Wyoming’s Dangerous Call for New Constitutional Convention

March 1, 2017

Wyoming lawmakers passed a resolution this week asking Congress to call a constitutional convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution related to federal spending. Proponents claim that Wyoming is the 29th state to make such a...

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