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North Carolina: A Model of What States Shouldn’t Do

July 12, 2013

In today’s New York Times Room for Debate,” Michael Boskin defends the proposal to slash North Carolina’s income tax and...

All Signs Pointing the Wrong Way for North Carolina

July 10, 2013

We’ve pointed out in recent several months North Carolina’s policymakers’ harmful tax and spending decisions.  The combination of tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, cuts to programs that support the state’s working families, and reduced investments in education and other key services will keep North Carolina from competing in the...

Getting the Whole Story in State Tax Debates

July 8, 2013

This year's state tax debates have revealed a very important flaw in how states typically make tax policy.  Fortunately, it's a flaw that can be fixed.

In most states, policymakers lack sufficient information on how tax changes will affect the after-tax distribution of income.  The solution is straightforward:  states should be required to publish such information before lawmakers vote...

The Truth About Small Business Tax Break “Promises”

June 24, 2013

We've said it before and we'll say it again:  just because elected officials say they’re doing something for “small businesses” and “job growth” doesn’t mean that they really are.

The latest example is from Ohio, where Governor John Kasich and legislative leaders reiterated their support last...

Going for Broke in Kansas

June 5, 2013

Kansas legislators passed a plan this past weekend to drain the state’s reserves, cut taxes for the rich, raise taxes for many lower-income families, and slash education in the process.  The state is on a path to ruin unless it changes course.

The new budget is designed to move the state toward Governor Sam Brownback’s stated goal of totally repealing the income tax. ...

Top Five State Tax Charts

April 15, 2013

To accompany our Top 10 Federal Tax Charts, here are five charts focusing on state tax issues.

First, let’s look at what state taxes pay for.  By far the largest areas of state spending, on average, are education (both K-12 and higher education) and health care, as the first chart, below, shows. ...

Four Governors Whose Radical Tax Plans Have Taken a Beating (and Why They’re Not Giving Up Yet)

April 12, 2013

Governors who proposed major radical and unsound tax proposals this year, including Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Ohio’s John Kasich,...

Economics of Risky Tax Proposals Don’t Add Up

March 29, 2013

A Wall Street Journal op-ed recycled some of the oft-repeated — and off-base — claims about how taxes affect a state’s economy.

In this piece yesterday, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore suggest that...

States Face Four Big Budget Threats

February 14, 2013

We rely on states and localities to provide public services like education, health care, and infrastructure that lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.  But as we describe in a new paper, four serious challenges threaten their ability to pay for those programs.

  1. The most severe recession
  2. ...

State and Local Tax Systems Disproportionately Burden Lower-Income Families

January 30, 2013

We warned last week that a number of state proposals to swap their income taxes for sales taxes would be ill-advised.  Those proposals would only worsen tax systems that are already highly regressive, as a new report from the...

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