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Federal Support for Most State and Local Programs Headed to 50-Year Low

September 24, 2015

Federal support for most state and local programs has fallen sharply as a share of the economy and is on course to reach its lowest level in 50 years.  That will make it increasingly hard for states and localities to meet core responsibilities like educating children, keeping drinking water clean, maintaining roads and bridges, and providing fire protection.

The 2011 Budget Control Act...

discretionary aid to states and localities falling to near historic lows

Raise Taxes for Highest Income Earners to Boost Key Investments in Massachusetts

August 5, 2015

A coalition of Massachusetts groups has announced a campaign to raise income taxes on people with incomes over $1 million, with the additional revenue funding greater investments in the state’s education and transportation systems.  That’s a good idea, for a number of reasons:

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Why Connecticut’s New Revenue Measures Make Sense

June 18, 2015

A handful of major corporations in Connecticut have harshly criticized revenue increases in lawmakers’ new budget, which are aimed at closing the state’s budget shortfall while protecting funding for education and other investments in its people.  But the three provisions that have drawn...


Biggest Tax-Cutting States Show Weak Growth

June 11, 2015

No state that enacted large personal income tax cuts in the past five years in hopes of spurring growth has seen its economy surge, new data on state gross domestic product (GDP) show.  That adds to the already strong...

Biggest Tax Cutting States Not Seeing Boom

North Carolina’s Tax Cuts Far From the Economic Boon That Some Claim

June 8, 2015

Consultant Stephen Moore recently credited North Carolina’s tax cut package with sparking the state’s revenue growth.  But his account is highly misleading, and policymakers would be wise to ignore his boosterism and take a more thoughtful look at the state’s needs.

First, a refresher on where the state’...

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The Harsh Lessons of Kansas’ Tax Cuts

June 4, 2015

Acknowledging that Kansas’ massive tax cuts, which took effect over two years ago, haven’t done much to boost its economy, conservative commentator James Pethokoukis asks:  “What should Republicans learn from the Kansas experiment, especially the GOP’s crop of White House wannabes who...

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States Cutting Jobless Benefits Hadn’t Adequately Prepared for Recession

May 28, 2015

Most states that have cut the number of weeks of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits since the Great Recession seriously underfunded their UI systems before the recession, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) ...

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Kansas Projections Show Tax Cuts Not Causing Economic Boom

May 21, 2015

The latest projections from Kansas’ nonpartisan Legislative Research Department add to the mounting evidence that Kansas’ massive tax cuts won’t likely generate an economic surge. Personal incomes will grow more slowly in Kansas than in the nation as a whole this year, next year, and the year after that, the...

Kansas' Own Projections Show State Lagging Behind US

Economic Argument for State Tax Cuts Weakens Further

May 12, 2015

A new study by William Gale, Aaron Krupkin, and Kim Rueben at the Tax Policy Center (TPC) further undermines claims that states can improve their economies by cutting taxes.  

To make their case, tax-cut proponents often point to a...

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Undocumented Immigrants Pay Larger Share of Income in State and Local Taxes Than Top Earners

April 17, 2015

Undocumented immigrants pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than the nation’s top earners and immigration reform would improve state and local finances across the country, a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows.

Undocumented immigrants pay sales taxes when they buy goods and...