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Mississippi Tax Cuts Would Worsen Education Squeeze

March 23, 2016

States that slash their tax revenue find it harder to improve their schools, which Mississippi lawmakers considering huge new tax cuts would do well to remember. 

Mississippi already faces a sizeable budget shortfall, yet lawmakers are considering a plan to severely cut income taxes...


Unauthorized Immigrants Pay More of Income in State and Local Taxes Than Nation’s Top Earners

February 24, 2016

Unauthorized 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)...

Unauthorized Immigrants Pay More of Their Income in State & Local Taxes Than the Richest 1%

K-12 Funding Cuts Persist

December 10, 2015

Most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools — in some cases, much less — than before the Great Recession, as we detail in a new paper. Worse, some states are still cutting eight years after the recession took hold. 


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Kansas’ Economic Growth Continues to Lag, Despite Tax Cuts

November 30, 2015

Kansas’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow at half the rate of national GDP in 2015, according to new projections from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Research Department, marking another year of sluggish growth since Kansas enacted massive tax cuts meant to spur its economy....

After Tax Cuts, Kansas' GDP Is Lagging Behind U.S.

North Carolina’s Tax Cuts Far From Praise-Worthy

November 10, 2015

The Tax Foundation’s new chartbook, “North Carolina Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Tax Reform,” showers praise on North Carolina’s recent tax cuts, while leaving out fundamental facts about the harm those tax cuts have caused and the additional damage they will do in the future.  North Carolina’s tax cuts shouldn’t be...

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Interstate Compact Would Change U.S. Constitution for the Worse

November 3, 2015

Michigan lawmakers are considering signing on to an interstate compact that would write a series of imprudent provisions into the U.S. Constitution related to the national debt, spending, and taxes.  The compact, which a group called...

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Idaho Commerce Director: Tax Rates Aren’t the Key to State Economic Growth

October 14, 2015

Speaking recently to state legislators looking at tax reform, Idaho’s Commerce Director made a point that’s worth reiterating: states that bet on tax cuts for economic growth are taking a wrong-headed approach.

“In all of those conversations we’ve had with industry leaders, not one of them has brought up tax rates,”...

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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...