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Debating Kansas’ Tax Cuts

October 30, 2014

With Kansas’ radical tax cuts drawing national attention this election season, I recently debated the Heritage...

Lasting School Cuts Endanger Critical Reforms

October 17, 2014

States have imposed large cuts in general education spending — as our new report details and I explained yesterday — with serious consequences for students, schools, and the economy.  Deep state funding cuts have led...

K-12 Funding Remains Below Pre-Recession Levels in Most States

October 16, 2014

Most states continue to spend less — often far less — per student for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did seven years ago, our updated analysis of state general school funding shows.

Our review of state budgets finds that, after adjusting for inflation:

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A Deserved Downgrade of Kansas’ Bonds

August 11, 2014

The meaning of Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of Kansas’ credit rating, in which it cited Kansas’ “structurally unbalanced budget,” is clear:  Kansas’ budget is a train heading off a cliff.

Here are the details:

  • Kansas’ massive tax cuts have sharply cut state tax revenues.  Since Kansas’
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A Constitutional Convention Poses Grave Risks

July 16, 2014

The idea of convening a constitutional convention to propose a balanced budget amendment or similar amendments raises grave problems, as we explain in a new paper.  A number of states have passed resolutions calling for such a convention, and proponents of a constitutional convention are targeting more states in an effort to...

Year-End Revenue Numbers More Proof of Kansas’ Failed Tax Cut Experiment

July 1, 2014

Kansas officials yesterday announced that state revenue dropped more than expected again in June, adding even more to the damage we previously documented from the tax cuts that Kansas put in place last year.  All told, Kansas...

Setting the Record Straight on Kansas

April 24, 2014

Rex Sinquefield — who funds campaigns for drastic tax cuts in Missouri — claims that our recent paper about the budgetary and economic impact of Kansas’ recent tax cuts was “patently false” and offers information that he says we “chose to ignore or distort.”

In his...

5 Reasons Other States Shouldn’t Follow Kansas’ Tax-Cutting Lead

March 27, 2014

One of the largest tax cuts any state has ever enacted took effect in Kansas at the beginning of last year.  The state sharply reduced its income tax rates and fully exempted certain business profits from taxation.  It also adopted a plan to cut income tax rates even further over the next few years.
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Caution Is the Right Approach to State “Surpluses”

January 22, 2014

Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker and New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as leading lawmakers in Michigan and elsewhere, are using their state’s budget “surplus” to justify new tax cuts.  That’s highly imprudent, if not irresponsible.

State budget surpluses typically appear when the economy emerges from recession.  After a few years of weaker-than-expected...

Unhappy New Year: North Carolina Eliminates Its EITC

January 13, 2014

Low-wage working families have less support in North Carolina as of January 1.  That’s when the state officially eliminated its earned income tax credit (EITC), giving North Carolina the dubious distinction of being the only state ever to do so.

Half the states have created EITCs (see map) to help working families with incomes up to roughly $50,000 make ends meet.  As...

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