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States Continue Raising Low-Wage Worker Pay

May 15, 2019

Millions of low-paid workers in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and New Mexico will soon have higher wages and a better shot at economic success thanks to new state minimum wage increases.

In Focus: Wages for Low-Paid Workers Nearly Same as 40 Years Ago

Virginia Misses Chance to Advance Racial Equity

April 10, 2019

Virginia ended its 2019 legislative session after enacting a new tax law that failed to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-wage workers. An EITC expansion would have reduced racial inequities in income since the state’s low-wage workers are disproportionately African American, in part due to historical racism and...

Making Virginia's EITC Refundable Would Benefit Families Earning Low Wages

Bright Prospects for State EITC Expansions in 2019

March 7, 2019

2019 could be a banner year for state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), as governors and lawmakers have introduced proposals to create and expand the credits in at least 26 states this year. Such proposals would supplement the federal EITC’s well-documented, long...

Twenty-Nine States, D.C., and Puerto Rico Have Enacted EITCs as of 2018

State EITCs Make Work Pay for People of Color and Women

August 31, 2018

Labor Day celebrates workers’ contributions to America’s prosperity. But even as our economy is growing, many people of color and women are struggling to get by on low wages. States can help make work pay by creating or...

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States Can Help Ensure a Complete 2020 Census Count

August 27, 2018

The federal government is responsible for conducting a fair and accurate census every ten years, but that’s in jeopardy for 2020: inadequate and delayed funding and the Commerce Secretary’s last-minute decision to add an untested citizenship question will both likely reduce participation. Therefore, states can and should take steps now to help ensure a successful count — that is, one...

15 States Have Taken Action Towards a Complete 2020 Census Count

State EITC Expansions Will Help Millions of Workers and Their Families

July 27, 2018

Update, July 31: We’ve clarified the description of Maryland’s EITC expansion.

Seven states boosted — or will soon boost — their Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) this year to help low-wage working families meet basic needs. These state EITC expansions will supplement the federal EITC’s...

Twenty-Nine States and D.C. Have Enacted Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), 2018

Florida’s Supermajority Proposal Would Deepen K-12 Funding Crisis

June 20, 2018

Florida has cut K-12 education funding significantly since 2008, making it harder for the state's communities to thrive and for its economy to offer broadly shared opportunity. A ballot measure this fall requiring a supermajority vote in the legislature to raise revenues risks making those deep cuts permanent.


Florida Cuts to Per-Pupil Spending Second-Highest Since Great Recession

Supermajority Requirement Stymied Sensible Tax Reforms in Oklahoma

March 26, 2018

A requirement in some states that tax-raising legislation pass only with supermajorities in each house can limit the ability of state lawmakers to promote broad-based prosperity. Oklahoma’s supermajority requirement, among the nation’s strictest, caused the defeat earlier this year of much-needed tax reforms that would have begun to address...

Oklahoma Tax Revenues Have Dropped by 17 Percent Since 1990 as Share of Personal Income

New Federal Tax Law Reduces Value of State EITCs

February 28, 2018

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps working families making low wages meet basic needs, but the new federal tax law will erode the credit’s value over time. Since all but one of the 29 states (and the District of Columbia) with state-level EITCs...

New Tax Law Erodes Federal and State EITCs by Slowing Their Inflation Growth

North Carolina Tax Cuts Have Worsened Racial Wealth Inequities

February 27, 2018

Tax cut proponents claim that North Carolina’s tax cutting is a model for other states that want to boost their economies, but the tax cuts not only produced no economic surge and set the stage for ...

2013 Tax Cuts Worsen Racial Wealth Inequities in North Carolina