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More States Propose Reverse-Robin-Hood Tax Policy

January 13, 2012

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and a legislatively appointed task force in Oklahoma have proposed raising taxes on working-poor families with children and impoverished seniors in order to help finance large tax cuts that mostly benefit the well-to-do.

The new proposals would eliminate each state’s Earned Income Tax Credit...

State Tax Hikes on the Rich Back on the Table

December 9, 2011

State policymakers are seriously considering an important policy option:  Income tax increases on the wealthiest families in their states.

New York is about to impose higher taxes on individual taxpayers with annual incomes over $1 million and couples with incomes over $2 million. California’s governor and others in the Golden State have issued proposals for new tax rates on their...

Adding Up States’ K-12 Funding Cuts

October 11, 2011

We reported last week that 30 states are spending less per pupil on K-12 education this year than in the 2007-08 school year, before the recession started to take its toll on state budgets. We’ve tallied those funding cuts and found that, in aggregate, those 30 states are sending $25.5 billion less to school districts under their basic education funding formulas than they did in 2008.

State and Local Job Cuts Continue, Especially in Education

September 2, 2011

Today’s jobs report shows that in August, cuts by states and local governments — especially school districts — wiped out private-sector job gains.

Debt Limit Deal Will Hit States and Localities, Too

August 15, 2011

As Americans return from vacation to find shrunken state and local services — from fewer teachers in their children’s classrooms to less help for elderly and disabled residents to tuition hikes at public universities — we hope they’ll connect the dots as well as yesterday’s New York Times editorial did:

Public Employment Job Losses Continue to Slow the Recovery

August 5, 2011

July’s employment report included more bad news from states and localities: job losses are continuing. Since August 2008, state and local governments have slashed 611,000 positions, and the cuts have been getting worse — 340,000 of those jobs were lost in the last 12 months. July was the ninth consecutive month, and the 29th out of the last 35, in which total state and local employment shrank.

What the Debt Limit Deal Means for States

August 2, 2011

The debt limit deal inevitably will lead to large federal cuts in programs that directly benefit families and communities, adding to the deep and widespread cuts that states have made in their programs — everything from preschool to services for the elderly.

States Cutting Services for Fourth Straight Year

July 25, 2011

A major report that we plan to issue tomorrow shows that at least 38 of the 47 states with new budgets for fiscal year 2012 (which started July 1 in most states) will cut education, health care, or other state-funded services. These cuts will come on top of the large cuts that nearly every state has made over the past three years in response to the recession-induced decline in revenues.

The Misguided “States Do It” Argument for a Balanced Budget Amendment

July 13, 2011

Proponents of a balanced budget requirement for the U.S. Constitution sometimes argue that since nearly every state has to balance its budget, the federal government should do the same. This argument has two fatal flaws:

Batty BATSA Bill Is Back, Cont.

July 6, 2011

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up a bill tomorrow that would create vast opportunities for multistate corporations to shelter profits from state corporate income taxes, costing states and localities billions of dollars each year. This comes as states struggle to close gargantuan budget gaps that are the continuing legacy of the recession.