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Busting the Myths Around Swapping Sales Taxes for Income Taxes

September 5, 2013

GovBeat, the Washington Post’s must-read new blog, earlier this week described the goal of North Carolina’s Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bob Rucho and House Speaker Thom Tillis to repeal the state income tax and enact a new, higher sales tax on both goods...

North Carolina’s Tax Bill Has Ominous National Implications

July 17, 2013

The radical tax bill that North Carolina lawmakers passed today—and that Governor Pat McCrory is expected to sign — has two dangerous implications for other states.

  • It redefines “tax reform” to include proposals that fail the fundamental tests of fairness and revenue adequacy.
  • It threatens a new tax-cut war among the states that, in the end, would benefit no
  • ...

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...