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Some States Raising Taxes on Working-Poor Families

November 16, 2011

As I explained yesterday, states’ progress in improving the tax treatment of low-income families stalled in 2010, and a few states — Michigan, New Jersey, and Wisconsin — have acted over the past couple of years to raise taxes on these families.

Many States Still Taxing the Incomes of Working-Poor Families

November 15, 2011

The successful bipartisan effort over the past two decades to reduce the state income taxes of working-poor families came to a standstill in 2010, our latest survey finds.

The High Cost of a Four-Day School Week

November 1, 2011

A growing number of school districts are squeezing the five-day school week into four longer days to save money, the Washington Post reports. This disturbing trend is a striking example of the hardships that education funding cuts impose on children and working parents — in addition to the toll they take on the nation’s long-term economic competitiveness.

State Funding Cuts Making College Less Affordable

October 27, 2011

Public colleges and universities are becoming less affordable for millions of young people, and declining state support is a big reason why.

That is the conclusion of the College Board’s latest survey on college prices. The in-state cost of attending a public four-year college has outpaced inflation over the past five years, the report finds, even as families’ incomes have fallen.

Higher Taxes on Wealthy Won’t Drive New Yorkers Away

October 19, 2011

New York’s highest-income residents will see their taxes fall at the end of this year in part because of the governor’s misplaced fear that unless this happens, they’ll flee the state.

New Survey Finds States Cutting School Funding

October 6, 2011

The great majority of states have cut per-pupil funding for elementary and secondary schools for the current school year, our new survey of state K-12 budgets finds. Funding in most states is now below pre-recession levels, after adjusting for inflation.

State K-12 Funding Cuts Are Deep and Widespread

October 5, 2011

Thirty of the 46 states for which data are available are spending less per pupil on K-12 education (after inflation) than they did before the recession, according to a report we’ll issue tomorrow. In 17 of those states, funding is more than 10 percent below the 2008 level, adjusted for inflation; in 4 of the states, funding is off by more than 20 percent (see graph).

Robin Hood in Reverse…Reversed

September 15, 2011

The Missouri Senate took a big step Tuesday toward protecting the well-being of over 100,000 low income elderly and disabled residents by voting to preserve an important property tax credit.

As I explained last week, a proposal before the Senate would have eliminated renters’ eligibility for the state’s...

More on Those State K-12 Funding Cuts

September 6, 2011

As I explained last week, our new survey finds that the vast majority of states for which we have data are cutting K-12 education funding this year. Here’s what the per-pupil funding cuts look like in dollar terms. More than half of the states in our survey cut funding by over $200 per student.

Robin Hood in Reverse Strikes Again

September 6, 2011

Yet another state has proposed raising taxes on low-income residents to pay for new corporate tax breaks. Leading lawmakers in Missouri want to eliminate a property tax credit for low- and moderate-income seniors and people with disabilities in order to help finance new tax credits for businesses.