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In Illinois, a Chance to Fix a Constitutional Flaw

April 23, 2014

Illinois’ constitution has a requirement that is quite unusual among states:  the state must have a single-rate income tax, meaning that middle-income taxpayers pay income tax at the same rate as the state’s wealthiest.  This provision has been a fiscal and economic failure.  Now lawmakers are considering a fix that would benefit the state’s middle-income taxpayers and economy for the long...

Brownback Reiterates Faulty Claim to Justify Radical Tax Cuts

February 25, 2014

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said recently that his radical 2012 income tax cuts — among the largest that any state has ever enacted — generated over 15,000 small businesses in Kansas.  He’s...

Florida’s Boost to K-12 Education Welcome, But a Gap Remains

December 9, 2013

In a letter to state school superintendents encouraging them to raise teacher pay, Florida Gov. Rick Scott boasted that the state’s budget this year includes “the most state funding for education ever,” and that Florida’s increase in per-student spending this year — $263 — ranked...

Missouri Lawmakers Wisely Push Back Against Plan to Shift, Cut Taxes

September 12, 2013

A bipartisan group of Missouri legislators this week rejected a plan to slash income taxes for the wealthy and corporations, raise sales taxes largely on middle- and low-income consumers, and cut...

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...