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Tax Changes, Education Investments Paying Off for California and Minnesota

April 20, 2016

California and Minnesota have enacted a number of the items on our newly updated fiscal policy agenda for building stronger state economies.  The results?  Both states have improved their education systems — thereby boosting their future prospects — while maintaining strong...


Steep Tax Cuts Endanger School Funding, in Kansas and Elsewhere

February 17, 2016

Our recent report on state K-12 funding explained that four of the five states with the biggest drop in per-pupil funding since 2008 — Arizona, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin — also cut income taxes.  We can now add Kansas to that list (see graph).

As we...

Five of Six States With Deepest K-12 Cuts Also Cut Income Taxes

Kansas: More Evidence of the Harm of Large Tax Cuts

February 12, 2016

Kansas’ Supreme Court’s ruling that the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to equitably fund its schools is the latest evidence of why Kansas is the poster child for the harm of large state tax cuts. 

Here’s the background:

Kansas made major cuts to K-12...

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Immigration Dispute Carries High Stakes for States

February 1, 2016

States have lots at stake in the legal dispute over President Obama’s executive actions giving certain unauthorized immigrants temporary legal status and enabling them to apply for temporary work...

Unauthorized Immigrants Contribute Billions in State and Local Taxes

Money Matters for K-12 Education

January 19, 2016

Update, January 19:  We’ve updated this post to clarify the description of the study.

A careful study reaches a conclusion that comports with common sense:  better funding for schools leads to better long-term outcomes for students.  With state legislative sessions beginning around the...

School Funding Increases Lead to Big Gains for Poor Kids

Which States Have Cut K-12 Funding the Most?

December 18, 2015

As our new report explains, at least 31 states provided less state K-12 funding per student in the 2014 school year than in the 2008 school year, before the recession took hold.  This chart shows the states with the biggest cuts; the fact sheets at the bottom of this...

10 States With the Biggest Cuts to K-12 Funding Since 2008

Interactive Map: State K-12 General Funding Below Pre-Recession Levels in at Least 25 States

December 15, 2015

At least half of the states are providing less general aid per student — the main state funding source for schools ― this year than in 2008, before the Great Recession took hold, our survey of school funding data shows.

K-12 schools in every state rely heavily on...

Screenshot: K-12 General Funding

Interactive Map: Find Your State and Local K-12 Funding

December 14, 2015

At least 31 states provided less support per student for elementary and secondary schools — in some cases, much less — in 2014 than before the Great Recession, as our new report explains.  In at least 18 states, local government funding per student fell over...

Total State K-12 Funding Interactive Screenshot

Two Ways States Can Boost Working Families’ Income

July 24, 2015

It’s time to raise the federal minimum wage, as my colleague Isaac Shapiro wrote earlier today.  In the meantime, states can help address stagnant wages and the struggles of working families by boosting the minimum wage within their borders,...

Twenty-six States and DC Have Enacted EITCs, 2015

Census Confirms Post-Recession Drop in State, Local School Funding

June 5, 2015

The Census Bureau’s new school finance data line up with our research, finding that states cut funding for schools sharply after the recession hit and local governments couldn’t make up the difference....

K-12 School Funding Fell Sharply After the Recession Hit