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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...

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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...

Top 5 (+1) State Tax Charts

April 14, 2015

As we approach Tax Day, these six charts put state taxes — and the programs those taxes fund — into context.

More than half of state tax dollars go to fund education (K-12 and higher education) and health care, as the chart below shows.  State tax dollars also fund other critical services such as transportation, corrections, public assistance, care for residents with disabilities,...

A Diminished Future: Tax-Cut States Shortchanging Education

March 12, 2015

Legislation is on a fast track in Kansas — poster child of the “slash income taxes for the wealthy and everything will be great” approach — that would replace the time-tested way of supporting schools with an arbitrary one that would fall far short of meeting growing needs. And...

States Reaping Consequences of Tax Decisions

March 6, 2015

In Minnesota, which raised income taxes on wealthy residents two years ago, revenues are surging beyond expectations, according to the state’s latest forecast.  In contrast, Kansas, Wisconsin, and North Carolina — which cut income taxes in recent years — face serious fiscal problems, despite the promises of tax-cut supporters.


State and Local Jobs Fell in January

February 6, 2015

While today’s jobs report shows that the economy added jobs at a healthy pace in January, job growth could have been even stronger if states and localities hadn’t cut 4,000 positions.

About a third of the lost jobs were for teachers and others working in K-12 schools, preliminary data suggest.  The rest were non-education jobs at the state level, a category that...